Our hearts are moved to compassion and we want to respond when we hear news and see images of devastation and disaster. Disaster recovery is a long process and may last for years. Response updates to current disasters may be found on this page when we are notified of projects and needs.

by Southeastern District on January 14, 2020

To make a financial contribution to Disaster Response Support, please click the button below to be directed to our giving portal and select Disaster Response Support:

Giving Portal

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

Read more about How I Can Help

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, Maryland is a drop-off point for buckets in the Northern region.  

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. 

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

Below, 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 resource guide 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.

The CDC also has resources for hurricanes and tropical storms on their website in both English and Spanish. Resources include, How to Prepare, Stay Safe After, Response Workers, Power Outages, and more.

In times of disaster the immediate need is for financial donations and gift cards (Lowes, Home Depot, 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 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.

Congregational Crisis Management Resources - The following documents are provided as a model for congregations to follow in developing a crisis management plan.  They come courtesy of Dr. Bruce Jaeger, who developed them for use at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lakeland, Florida.

Financial Donation Link

How can you help? - We have identified several sites in the Jacksonville and New Bern, North Carolina regions as areas of ongoing need.  

The SED is partnering with Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders to aid and assist in the recovery effort in the New Bern region of North Carolina.  There is a fee of $125 per person, per week which covers the cost of housing and three meals per day.  Additionally, the Fuller Center will provide all of the necessary tools, as well as an onsite work supervisor.  Again, for more information, please contact Ryan Radke at the SED office by calling 1-800-637-5723 or by email at .  To sign up with the Fuller Center, please click here to be directed to the registration form.

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