This page offers links and information about preparing for a disaster as well how to respond when lives have been disrupted by disasters.

by Southeastern District on September 11, 2018

2018 Hurricane Season

VOLUNTEER SCHEDULER  - How can you help? - Fillable scheduler/form to be completed by those willing to assist in recovery efforts.

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You may contribute through our District on-line giving button as well as send designated gifts to the Office. All funds received will be used for response and recovery efforts. You may also be able to apply to be a Thrivent Action Team to assist with supplies for this effort. 

Florence has moved on, but the disaster is not over. New areas are dealing with flooding, and flooding continues unabated in some areas. Damage is still being assessed. The immediate need still is for diapers (all sizes), flood buckets, personal hygiene kits,Gatorade, financial donations, and gift cards (Lowes, Home Depot, grocery stores, Target, Walmart). Items that are not helpful are clothing, shoes, blankets, toys, etc. The best way to deal with clothing etc. donations is to sell them at a yard sale and donate the money. Cash donations allow relief workers to purchase what is needed, when and where. It allows supplies to be purchased locally strengthening the local economy.

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Preparing Flood Buckets - Flood buckets are cleaning kits that enable people to begin the job of cleaning up after flooding. They include cleaning supplies, gloves etc. Collecting items and filling flood buckets can be an outreach project for your ministry or you may donate money to purchase supplies for the flood buckets. The Orphan Grain Train in Annapolis Md is a drop-off point for buckets in the Northern region. Contact Elfie Eberle  for specifics on dropping off the buckets in  Maryland. We are waiting for information on other locations for dropping off the buckets - those sites will be listed on this page when available. Flood bucket instructions/list (PDF) 

Disaster Response Hygiene/Survival Kits - Another way to help is to prepare hygiene kits for people affected by the storm. The Orphan Grain Train will also collect these kits for distribution.  Kit instructions

The LCMS website has a variety of resources on their Disaster Response Resources  for individuals, teams, and congregations. LCMS Disaster Response

You will find helpful links to information developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Preparedness and Safety Messaging for Hurricanes, Flooding, and Similar Disasters can help local responders quickly create and adapt health communication products for affected communities. The document contains messages on various topics including food safety, carbon monoxide poisoning, waterborne diseases, and mold.

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