by Southeastern District on March 11, 2022

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SED Disaster Response and Recovery

In times of disaster, the immediate need is for financial donations and gift cards ($100 gift cards to Lowes, Home Depot, local grocery stores, Target, Walmart).  Additionally, there is a need for building supplies...donations to offset the purchase cost are greatly appreciated!  Items that are not helpful include 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 at the appropriate time and location.  Additionally, it allows supplies to be purchased locally, strengthening the local economy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a wealth of information available on hurricane preparedness and aftermath.

As news of a disaster becomes known, updates and ways to respond will be listed here as well as communicated through District newsletters. If you wish to have your name and contact information added to a network of individuals to aid in disaster cleanup and rebuilding, please click the following button to be directed to the Disaster Response Group sign-up form:

Disaster Response Group


Responding to the Needs in Ukraine

From SED President John Denninger:

The people of Ukraine are suffering. Some are running for their lives while others are taking up arms to defend their families and their nation. Once again we see the way in which innocent lives are experiencing unnecessary violence. Our hearts go out to every father, mother, son and daughter as they make difficult life decisions. We are especially mindful of our brothers and sisters in Christ in Ukraine.  

There are some powerful actions we can take.  As we follow Jesus on his journey to the cross during this time of Lent, I encourage the people of the SED to join me in a time of fasting and prayer at least one time each week until Easter. Jesus teaches us that prayer is one of the most powerful ways His followers can respond to a problem. When he cursed the fruitless fig tree and it withered immediately he said told his amazed disciples: “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer” (Matthew 21:22).

1)      Pray. You can use the time of a lunch time fast for a prayer time. Pray for peace. Pray for the individual people of Ukraine as you see them interviewed on the news. Pray for our President and Congress. Pray for all the men and women in uniforms who have been deployed to the area around Ukraine.  You might want to gather your congregation to engage in a prayer vigil for the people of Ukraine.  

2)      Give. The synod has created a fund for displaced Ukrainians.  Gifts given using the hyperlink below will be placed in an account restricted to providing assistance to persons displaced by the war in Ukraine. The LCMS will issue grants to/through our Lutheran partners in the region best positioned to provide compassionate care in Christ Jesus' name to those fleeing the conflict. The situation is developing and we pledge to use every gift wisely to accomplish the greatest good possible in ways that deliver the Gospel as human needs are met.

Another opportunity is through Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Our neighbors in Ukraine are suffering and they need your love now. Families are leaving behind everything they own and fleeing for their safety. They need immediate aid including food, water, shelter, clothing and medical care.  

Your emergency gift will deliver urgent support and care, like critically needed items for families who fled their homes, and medicine and supplies for clinics. 

Afghanistan refugees and lutheran social services of the national capital area

For two decades, the U.S. Government employed Afghan Allies to serve alongside U.S. troops, diplomats, and other government employees as interpreters, translators, cultural advisors, drivers, and more. Because of their service to the U.S. mission, our allies and their families soon became the targets of anti-American violence. Through the U.S. government’s initiative, Operation Allies Refuge, more than 100,000 Afghans have been evacuated to the U.S. and military bases.

LSSNCA, the largest resettlement agency in our region, has welcomed nearly 1,000 Afghan Allies since July 31. We’re on track to welcome 2,400 more by 2022. This is a record number for LSSNCA with the previous high set at 1,625 over an entire year.

Our friends at Lutheran Immigration Refugee Services (LIRS) are working hard to welcome nearly 50,000 of the evacuees.  They share that “unlike the refugees we typically serve, many of the evacuees  will enter the U.S. under humanitarian parole, which is a status that limits public benefits or services funded by the federal government after 90 days."

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Video Resources:

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Disaster Response - The Mobile Bunk Trailer:


Disaster Response Resources
Southeastern District Disaster Response
LCMS Disaster Response
 LERT Volunteers               
  • https://lcms-lert.org
  • The place to sign up to serve as a volunteer and to locate places where volunteer service is needed. LCMS Districts post training opportunities as well as serving opportunities on this website.
Comfort Dog Ministries               
  • https://www.lutheranchurchcharities.org/k-9-comfort-dogs-about.html
  • Launched in August 2008, the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is a national human-care ministry embracing the unique, calming nature and skills of purebred Golden Retrievers. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are a bridge for compassionate ministry, opening doors for conversation about faith and creating opportunities to share the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ.
Comfort Dogs in the Southeastern District:
Keziah - Emmanuel, Baltimore MD 

https://www.facebook.com/KeziaComfortDog/

Zoara - Island Lutheran, Hilton Head Island SC

https://www.facebook.com/ZoaraComfortDog/

Seth - Eternal Shepherd, Seneca SC

https://www.facebook.com/SethComfortDog/

Amos - Our Savior’s Way, Ashburn VA

https://www.facebook.com/AmosComfortDog/

Solomon - King of Glory, Williamsburg VA

https://www.facebook.com/SolomonComfortDog

Orphan Grain Train                        
  • https://www.ogt.org/disaster-relief/
  • Orphan Grain Train provides disaster relief throughout the United States and around the world. Working with the people of the communities affected by various natural disasters, OGT has been able to provide needed aid and help long after the initial devastation. Orphan Grain Train helps families devastated by storms, floods, wildfires and hurricanes. When desperation is felt, OGT offers gifts of hope.
Shepherd’s Heart Disaster Response Ministry, Inc.  
  • https://www.freestormtreehelp.com/
  • Shepherd’s Heart Ministry exists to share the love of Christ after natural disasters by offering free tree and debris removal, especially to uninsured, underinsured, and low-income families.  
  • Like many other disaster response agencies, Hurricane Katrina was the catalyst for our genesis. Seeing the catastrophic impact on thousands of people, the members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gardendale, Alabama wondered, “What can we do?” Remembering the words of Scripture in James 2: 15,16, “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?” In January of 2006 the members voted to call Pastor Ed Brashier as deployed missionary to the Gulf Coast.
Mercy in Action               
  • https://www.mercydisasterresources.org
  • Provides disaster training, planning, and management services to churches. We are a resource to pastors, congregations, and Districts of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
Ready Kids    
  • https://www.ready.gov/kids
  • Disasters happen everywhere, and every member of the family can prepare. Preparedness for the future starts today. Whether you’re a kid or teen, a parent or loved one, or work with youth, Ready Kids has tools and information to help before, during and after disasters.
CERT Training
  • https://www.ready.gov/cert
  • The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, allowing them to focus on more complex tasks.
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)
  • https://www.nvoad.org/
  • National VOAD promotes cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration, and fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster.
Delaware VOAD   
  • https://www.devoad.org/
  • Delaware Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is an affiliate of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD). National VOAD, an association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters, provides a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration; and fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster.
Maryland VOAD
  • https://www.marylandvoad.org/
  • Maryland Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is an umbrella organization made up of diverse disaster response agencies that includes faith-based organizations, non-governmental organizations (NG0), local non-profit agencies and government partners (state, county, municipal). Many of our faith-based and NGO members also represent their national organizations while serving with us. When you put together all of our participating agencies, we are the largest disaster response organization in the State of Maryland. We create the framework for these agencies to coordinate, cooperate and collaborate–fostering effective response and recovery for the people of Maryland during times of disaster. We are a voice for the voiceless, the poor and those at the margins.  We provide a safety net for all Marylanders during and after disasters.
Virginia VOAD
  • https://www.virginiavoad.org/
  • Virginia VOAD helps to lead response efforts, communicate urgent needs to the wider National VOAD network, and provide assistance to communities affected by disaster. By adhering to the 4 Cs (Communication, Cooperation, Coordination, and Collaboration), VA VOAD effectively provides relief.
North Carolina VOAD
  • https://www.ncvoad.org/
  • The membership of North Carolina VOAD consists of both locally based organizations and local representatives of National organizations. Our mission is to strengthen the capabilities of organizations working together in our state to respond to communities affected by disaster. North Carolina VOAD member organizations cover a broad range of missions and technical expertise, and adhere to the 4 Cs: Cooperation, Communication, Coordination, and Collaboration.
South Carolina VOAD
  • https://www.southcarolinavoad.org/
  • The membership of South Carolina VOAD consists of both locally based organizations and local representatives of National organizations. Our mission is to strengthen the capabilities of organizations working together in our State to respond to communities affected by disaster. South Carolina VOAD member organizations cover a broad range of missions and technical expertise, and adhere to the 4 Cs: Cooperation, Communication, Coordination, and Collaboration.
Pennsylvania VOAD
  • https://www.pavoad.org/
  • Pennsylvania Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is an affiliate of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD). National VOAD, an association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters, provides a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration; and fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster.
District of Columbia VOAD
  • https://www.dcvoad.org/
  • District of Columbia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is an affiliate of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD). National VOAD, an association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters, provides a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration; and fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster.
Red Cross - Preparing for Emergencies

Each State has a website with resources and helps for knowing how to prepare and how to respond in a time of disaster.

Delaware Emergency Management Agency
Maryland Department of Emergency Management
North Carolina Emergency Management
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
South Carolina Emergency Management Division
Washington, D.C. Homeland Security and Disaster Management Agency
Team Rubicon
  • https://teamrubiconusa.org
  • Team Rubicon is an international disaster response nonprofit that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly provide relief to communities in need. Founded in 2010 with the expressed goal of quickly responding to large-scale disasters, Team Rubicon has deployed thousands of volunteers across the United States and world to provide relief to communities in need.
Crisis Cleanup
  • https://www.crisiscleanup.org
  • Crisis Cleanup is a collaborative disaster work order management platform that improves coordination, reduces duplication of efforts, improves efficiency, and improves volunteers' experience.
  • Crisis Cleanup works best when a large number of organizations with many volunteers help a lot of survivors in a large area, all at the same time.
The Fuller Center for Housing
  • https://fullercenter.org/
  • The Fuller Center for Housing, faith-driven and Christ-centered, promotes collaborative and innovative partnerships with individuals and organizations in an unrelenting quest to provide adequate shelter for all people in need worldwide.