In the United States, Lutheran Disaster Response operates primarily through a network of Lutheran social ministry organizations, which serve as Lutheran Disaster Response affiliate agencies in their service areas. This network is the true strength of our program, helping make each response local. We also work with ecumenical and secular partners to help coordinate our responses to make sure efforts are not being duplicated and best practices are being shared. To learn more about the affiliate in your area and our partners check out the links below.
Ecumenical & Secular Partners
- American Red Cross: This partner provides a variety of services: shelter and mass feeding; individual and family assistance; and health and mental health services to those affected by a disaster. They share a statement of understanding with Lutheran Disaster Response.
- Church World Service: This partner is part of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and an ecumenical relief and development agency for 36 national denominations that domestically facilitates a cooperative faith-based community response to disaster. They will also at times offer consultants to help organize an interfaith coalition in an area following a disaster. Lutheran Disaster Response is a member of Church World Service.
- Federal Emergency Management Agency: This government agency establishes operations in an impacted area, if a disaster is federally declared, to coordinate the response and recovery. FEMA will publish an 800 telephone number (with deadline) for survivors to apply for assistance.
- National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster: This is a national coalition of members, of which Lutheran Disaster Response is one, that meets to discuss working together and to assess how work has gone in disaster settings.