At least 41 people are dead - including eight rescuers and one other member of the United Church of Christ Philippines - and at least 40 are missing and feared buried in a landslide in the Philippines due to Typhoon Mangkhut (local name Ompong). UCC Disaster Ministries is contributing an initial $12,000 for the United Church of Christ Philippines' response to the needs of families and communities in Luzon impacted by the typhoon. Funds are for food packets, medical and seed packets for livelihood restoration.
UCC Disaster Ministries continues to monitor the situation unfolding with several ferocious storms: Florence, Mangkhut and others through ongoing communication with FEMA, National VOAD, partners, UCC Conferences and Conference Disaster Coordinators. The widespread impact from these storms has prompted UCC Disaster Ministries to monitor the situation closely. We will share information from this page as it becomes available.
It's been a year since Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico, Maria and Irma battered the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Irma damaged Florida. UCC Disaster Ministries has accompanied the survivors from day one, investing nearly $750 million in the rebuilding effort and coordinating the scheduling and management of scores of local church volunteers from around the country. Just as important, the UCC has offered the much-appreciated support of presence. Read the UCC News Story about the UCC's nearly $500 million support for Puerto Rico's recovery.
Historic, deadly and still extremely dangerous Hurricane Florence, although weakened, continues to cause catastrophic flooding including prolonged significant river flooding, to the Carolina coast and even inland. Rainfall could total 40 inches in three days in some areas. UCC Disaster Ministries is in communications with FEMA, National VOAD, partners, UCC Conferences and Conference Disaster Coordinators about needs as they emerge.
As an extremely dangerous Hurricane Florence churns its way toward the east coast of the United States, UCC Disaster Ministries is monitoring the situation through established networks and stands ready to support Church partners, Conferences and Congregations in Florence's path. Florence is putting millions of people at risk and threaten billions of dollars in property damage.
With Puerto Rico "at rock bottom" following Hurricane Maria, UCC Disaster Ministries is actively supporting our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico and calls on churches "to continue to pray and give financially for what will be a long road ahead," says Zach Wolgemuth, the program's executive.
Where do your donations to UCC Disaster Ministries go? Read about release of funds in June, July and August.
A contingent of almost a dozen UCC volunteers — teenager to retirees — went to Puerto Rico the first week of August to help get a number of homes under roof. They were one of the first UCC volunteer teams donating time and talents to the people of the island nation in a recovery mission that will span years. And UCC Disaster Ministries is in it for the long haul.
Hurricane Lane brought torrential rains to the islands of Hawai’i. UCC Disaster Ministries has been keeping watch on the storm and its aftermath. UCC News prepared this update Friday, August 24, as local churches and congregants took shelter and immense amounts of water and wind were causing flash floods, landslides, and bringing down trees.
As the Texas Gulf Coast prepares to mark the one year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, one of the most costly storms in U.S. history, the UCC Disaster Ministries' team and partners in the area are preparing for a busy fall season of rebuilding work.