There is an urgent and ongoing need for both financial contributions and volunteers to help with the rebuilding of homes damaged by Atlantic hurricanes!

by Southeastern District on October 30, 2018

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

Giving Portal

As the greater need becomes known, check back here frequently for updates and ways to offer help and support.  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

For information on the ongoing response and rebuilding effort from Hurricane Florence, please see below for more information on work sites and dates.

Ongoing Hurricane Florence Recovery

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.  We will be working with the Fuller Center during the weeks of November 3-9 and November 10-16, 2019.  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.

Sign Me Up - New Bern

Volunteer Forms*:

For Worksite Coordinators*:

*Adapted with permission from National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (https://www.nvoad.org/)

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

Learn more about how to prepare and keep your family safe....

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.

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