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Disaster Response

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For up-to-date information concerning Disaster Response, visit the following:

          LCMS Disaster Response
                  Facebook Page

          Lutheran Disaster Response

          LCMS World Relief and Human Care

          Lutheran Church Charities

District Disaster Response Coordinators

Rev. Dr. Richard J. Wolfram - Email

Travis Grulke - Email

District Disaster Response Facilitator

Rev. Paul R. Hinz - Peace, Saginaw - phinz@peacesaginaw.org

Lutheran Early Response Teams

Groups of volunteers equipped with a response trailer to go out and respond after a natural disaster: a hurricane, tornado, fires, floods - to help people clean up and rebuild after they've lost almost everything.

Emergency Preparedness in School - How to Prevent, Prepare, Respond and Recover in the Face of Emergencies and Disasters

Baton Rouge Flooding

For specific information regarding the flooding in Baton Rouge, visit: http://southernlcms.org/southern-district-deploys-district-disaster-response-coordinator/

HARP Mission - West Virgina Flood Relief

Download Specific Needs Document


The HARP Mission is an Ohio 501 (c) (3) Not For Profit organized to assist in disaster relief efforts. We are an established mission that helps displaced disaster victims re-establish themselves in safe and sanitary temporary housing. We help them, through providing them with your donations, to furnish their restored homes with major household items (furniture, appliances, kitchen, bedroom, family room and bath furnishings, etc.).

What we do

HARP specializes in procuring and distributing donations of Furniture, Appliances and household items for victims of natural and man-made disasters as they move into temporary housing and then back to their restored homes.

How you can help

If you are working with any organization which has or will have in the future donations that need to be “staged” for single or dispersed delivery, we can help. If you or your case management partners need household furnishings for your clients to restore sanitary living conditions we can help. If you or your organization would like to work with HARP as we respond to the present disasters or future needs through out Ohio there are a number of ways you can participate.

Colorado Flooding

LCMS Disaster Response continues to monitor the developing situation in the Rocky Mountain district.  Following is a brief update from the Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (COVOAD)

"Now is the time that you are being asked to help!  We have current immediate needs that hopefully your agencies can help us meet.   Due to the massive amount of evacuations and the huge demand for sheltering and feeding The American Red Cross and The Salvation Army have been stretched beyond local capacity.  

Currently we need ONLY sheltering or feeding volunteers who are affiliated with a VOAD agency.  These volunteers need to be background checked and in current and good status with your organization.  We are not looking for Unaffiliated Volunteers at this point.  Can you please put this message out immediately to your membership.  Please see instructions below on signing up….

If you have multiple volunteers that would like to assist, you can register them as a group (with one point of contact). Volunteers can also register individually. To register:

1) Go to www.HelpColoradoNow.org,
2) Under the 'To Volunteer' section, click on 'enter your information 'HERE' (this will take you to the National Donations Management Network database)
3) Fill-out database form
4) If you are a group, be sure to indicate that and the number in your group (in the 'Other information' section)
5) Also in the 'Other Information' section, in the 'comments box', indicate what COVOAD member agency you are affiliated with.  In this comments section, also indicate your availability over the next week (Sept 13th - Sept 20th).

*Please note that registering does not guarantee that you will be contacted by a voluntary agency needing assistance.

Thank you,
COVOAD Leadership Team

Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (COVOAD)
Phone: 202-656-8623 (20C-OLO-VOAD)
Email: coloradovoad@gmail.com
Web: coloradovoad.org
Twitter: @covoad

Oklahama Tornadoes

For specific information regarding the Oklahoma tornadoes, visit the following:

Update from Kansas District

Hurricane Sandy

For specific information regarding Hurricane Sandy, visit the following:

New Jersey District

Eastern District

Minot, North Dakota Flood Recovery

Hope Village, on the property of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Minot, North Dakota (LCMS), is a joint recovery effort of several different faith-based groups. Visit their website to learn more at: www.hopevillagend.org.

Pandemic Response

Listing of congregations offering podcasts, online sermons, etc. If you do not see your congregation listed and would like to include them on the list, please email Jennifer Rumberger at the District Office.

Other places to find online audio and video bible studies, etc.

Lutheran Hour

Lutheran Hour Men's NetWork

What is a Flu Pandemic? Are you prepared?

The Michigan District has begun to look at advance preparation in the event that a flu pandemic occurs. The following information and resources have been compiled to help congregations and schools begin the process of becoming prepared for a flu pandemic thus lessening the impact on our community of churches and schools.

The flu, (also known as influenza) is a contagious disease caused by a virus. Many individuals are familiar with the seasonal flu, but there are several differences between the seasonal flu and a pandemic flu. Seasonal flu is common and generally causes a modest impact on society. Seasonal (or common) flu is a respiratory illness that can be transmitted from person to person. Most people have some immunity to this type of flu. The impact on individuals can be serious, but generally healthy individuals are not at risk for serious complications. A pandemic flu is a global disease event in which a serious virulent flu could be spread around the world affecting a large number of people. A flu pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus emerges and there is little or no immunity to this virus in the human population. It spreads easily and quickly from person to person across the world. The impact on society would likely be more serious potentially affecting even healthy individuals. In addition to the physical impact on humans, the economic and societal effects of a severe influenza pandemic could be very great.

Pandemic Flu Response Document and Checklist - in pdf form


Hurricane Katrina

To learn more about volunteering, visit Camp Restore’s website at: www.camprestore.org.

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