A disaster is an event resulting in great harm, suffering, destruction and damage which is beyond the control of the individuals affected. It disrupts personal and community life, involves a significant number of people and causes physical, emotional, economic, social and/or spiritual crises. A disaster—in a matter of seconds, minutes, hours, days, months or even years—damages a community's ability to sustain life without outside assistance.

A disaster can result from a wide range of events, such as a flood, fire, drought, violent act or accident. When a disaster occurs, the church needs to be present as a symbol of God's presence. Listed are resources that can provide assistance to those who have been affected by a disaster, including contact and donation information.

 

lcms-disasterresponseLCMS Disaster Response Overview

LCMS Disaster Response Resources

 

article thumbnailHelping Appalachian Rural People The HARP Mission is an Ohio 501 (c) (3) Not For Profit organized to assist in disaster relief efforts. It is an established mission that helps displaced disaster...
article thumbnailThe mission of Lutheran Disaster Services is to bring God's gift of hope and healing to a disastrous situation. Lutheran Disaster Services is the outcome of expressions of the Lutheran church...