Hurricane Relief

The situation:
The world has been experiencing one of the highest concentration of major hurricanes in recent times. There have been at least sixteen named storms, five of which have impacted the U.S. mainland and/or territories, leaving widespread damage across Texas, Florida, Georgia Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Haiti, Cuba, the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Our response:

Hurricane Harvey

In the midst of a strong local response by individuals and congregations, the groundwork has been laid for the extended long-term recovery work of disaster case management, emotional and spiritual care, volunteer coordination and construction management. Lutheran Disaster Response is working with two of the Texas Synods across the impacted areas of Texas. We anticipate working in the Dickinson and Rockport areas in partnership with Upbring (Lutheran Social Services of the South). With the support of Lutheran Disaster Response, a coordinator will be working to help facilitate volunteers and material donations in the region.

Hurricane Irma and Maria

Lutheran Disaster Response is working with the Florida-Bahamas Synod, the Caribbean Synod, and other International companions and partners to provide relief to the most vulnerable in the U.S. and around the world.

  • In Florida, the initial response, in addition to local efforts at clean-up and providing temporary shelter, has focused on crisis counseling to thousands in 20 Florida counties. This work is being done through our affiliate, Lutheran Services of Florida. Early support has been extended to care providers so that they can be assured their families are in a stable living situation, and area able to turn their attention to the care of the most vulnerable in the community.
  • In Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, we’re coordinating the delivery of critical items including dry food, generators, and solar-powered phones.
  • In Haiti, we're supporting woman-headed households and farmers who were affected by the hurricanes.
  • In Cuba, we’re supporting the distribution of items like cookware, dishes, and blankets to help families get back to normal life.

Tropical Storm Nate

Through our companion church, Iglesia Luterana Costarricense (ILCO), we are planning an immediate response by providing food, access to clean water and other services. We will focus our efforts on indigenous communities along the central and southern parts of Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast.   

What you can do:

Please pray for the people who have been affected by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. May God's healing presence give them peace and hope in their time of need.

Gifts designated to “Hurricane Response” will be used to assist those affected by these hurricanes until the response is complete.

To learn more about the situation and the ELCA’s response:
  • Share this bulletin insert with your congregation for Hurricane'a Irma and Maria.
  • Share this bulletin insert with your congregation for Hurricane Harvey.
  • Sign up to receive Lutheran Disaster Response alerts.
  • Check the Lutheran Disaster Response blog.
  • Like Lutheran Disaster Response on Facebook and follow @ELCALDR on Twitter.

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