UCC Disaster Ministries

Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

Hurricane Harvey

Visit this page regularly for the latest on UCC Disaster Ministries' response following Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricanes with international impact (Irma, Maria)

This page indexes our latest information, resources and ways to help survivors of hurricanes with international impact, including Irma and Maria. 

Some ways UCC DIsaster Ministries is already helping hurricane survivors

Even before the winds die down and the flood waters recede, UCC Disaster Ministries is already reaching out to hurricane survivors and laying groundwork for long-term recovery. Staff are making a second pastoral and long-term recovery planning visit to Texas right now, and will continue on to Florida. A recovery work site is open in Florida. And several grants have been dispatched to the Caribbean, Florida and Texas.

Another deadly earthquake hits Mexico as Hurricane Maria rakes Caribbean

In Mexico, more than 200 people are already confirmed dead as the result of a powerful 7.1 earthquake that hit on Sept. 19, the 32nd anniversary of the largest quake to ever hit Mexico City. It's Mexico's second deadly earthquake in 11 days; the first killed dozens. At the same time, Hurricane Maria is raking the Caribbean.

In Irma's wake, UCC sends $10K to Haiti for cholera, malnutrition prevention

UCC Disaster Ministries has just contributed $10,000 toward a proactive program to prevent cholera and malnutrition in Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Irma, and to treat any instances that occur. The implementing partner is IMA World Health, which has had a significant presence in Haiti since 1998, including relationships with government and communities.

Urgent Needs


Mexico Earthquakes

In Mexico, hundreds have been killed by a powerful earthquake on the 32nd anniversary of the largest quake to ever hit Mexico City. It's Mexico's second deadly earthquake in 11 days. UCC Disaster Ministries asks your prayers during these terrifying hours of search and rescue. We are reaching out to our ecumenical partners for word of how we can best help. 

UCC International Emergency Relief Fund


Irma pounds Caribbean, U.S. mainland; Maria follows

Hurricane Irma pounded the Caribbean early on Sept. 6 and caused widespread destruction and loss throughout the region. The hurricane went on to make landfall in Florida on Sunday, Sept. 10, with record-force winds and storm surges on the coasts as it made its way north and with heavy rain and wind that affected several more states. Sept. 18, Hurricane Maria takes aim at Puerto Rico.

Harvey devastates South Texas, Louisiana

Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas, on Aug. 25. The slow-moving storm dumped several feet of water along the Texas and Louisiana coasts and beyond.

UCC Disaster Ministries already has begun its Irma and Harvey long-term response with support for recovery in both the United States and Caribbean. Want to help? Cash is best. Also sorely needed: CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets. Get specifications and apply for a $250 Matching Grant from UCC Disaster Ministries.



Volusia County, Fla., Irma Matthew Recovery

UCC Disaster Ministries is partnering with VIND (Volusia Interfaiths/Agencies Networking in Disasters) to assist Daytona Beach area households damaged by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 and by Hurricane Irma in 2017 to repair/rebuild homes, e.g. roofing, gutting interiors, replacing insulation, siding, drywall repair and painting, flooring and other interior work as needed.

Baton Rouge, La., Flood Recovery

UCC Disaster Ministries is partnering with the Fuller Center For Housing in Louisiana to help residents return home following historic and catastrophic flooding in August of 2016. Thousands of residents still live in temporary housing struggling to rebuild their lives. Volunteers are needed to repair and rebuild homes. 

Matching Grants for CWS Buckets, Kits

Join the more than 50 UCC congregations that have applied so far for a UCC Disaster Ministries Matching Grant of up to $250 to assemble Church World Service Emergency Cleanup Buckets and other kits. The need is great: CWS distributed more than 14,000 buckets last year, but now its stock is down to a critical low of 1,800 at last count.



Irma, Maria, other fall hurricanes (Caribbean and U.S.)
Harvey (Texas and Louisiana)
Hurricane Matthew (U.S. & Caribbean)
East Africa Famine
West Virginia Floods
Nepal Earthquake


Ecuador Earthquake
Japan Quake/Tsunami/Nuclear Disaster
South Carolina Floods
Fiji Cyclone Winston
Philippines Typhoon Haiyan




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12 Ways to Help Disaster Survivors

This one-page flyer lists 12 to help disaster survivors recover through UCC Disaster Ministries.  Have a look - and share widely!


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Contact Info

Zachary Wolgemuth
Executive for UCC Disaster Ministries
700 Prospect Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115

Contact Info

Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115