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Success starting disaster long-term recovery more quickly

When a natural or technological disaster strikes a community, beginning the process of long-term recovery quickly is essential. Yet it can be a daunting task for local leaders who may not have experience in disaster recovery and may have suffered damage and loss themselves. Here’s good news: An ecumenical project has been demonstrating success in helping communities get long-term recovery started more quickly.


California churches extend support to wildfire survivors

Amidst the worst wildfires in California history, the people of several United Church of Christ faith communities are reaching out with love to neighbors and to strangers, offering solace and support. Some who are helping are themselves recovering after the Carr fire just a few months ago.


California - UCC Response - 2018 Wildfires

Two major wildfires continue to rage in California, along with several smaller ones. Sixty-eight are confirmed dead and more than 600 are missing. UCC Disaster Ministries calls on the whole church to keep Californians in prayer during this time. We continue to liaise with both our Northern California Nevada Conference and Southern California Nevada Conference to provide support, and we remain committed to long-term recovery.


Wolgemuth: "Don't get weary" in the face of so many disasters

UCC Disaster Ministries, in partnership with the UCC Southern and Florida Conferences, is in the midst of planning for long-term recovery from Hurricanes Florence and Michael, including hiring of an Eastern Regional Disaster Recovery Specialist. That specialist will play an important role in coordinating response to these two large-scale disasters, challenging UCC volunteers and donors “don’t get weary” in the face of what may feel like overwhelming challenges from this - and last - year’s storms. 


UCC support means more earthquake-resistant homes in Haiti

Three more earthquake-resistant homes – that’s what the $15,000 that UCC Disaster Ministries just transmitted will mean for families in hurricane- and earthquake-battered Northwest Haiti.  All 83 homes the ministry has helped rebuild since Hurricane Matthew in 2016 have resisted subsequent storms and quakes, including the latest, 5.9-magnitude earthquake in October.


UCC Disaster Ministries is hiring!

UCC Disaster Ministries is hiring a Construction Manager for its Port Arthur, Texas, work site and an Eastern Regional Disaster Recovery Coordinator to assist with long-term recovery from Hurricanes Florence and Michael and other major regional disasters.


Hurricane Michael - UCC Response

Fast-moving Hurricane Michael struck the Florida Panhandle Sept. 10, keeping its strength as it careened northward, causing tremendous destruction.  It weakened to a tropical storm only after reaching Central Georgia, continuing on to North Carolina and Virginia.


Love line, check-ins and prayer partners buoy work teams

A “love line,’ check-in partners on site, prayer partners back home, daily devotions and debriefing - these are key elements in the support system for volunteer disaster recovery work teams deployed by St. James United Church of Christ in Havertown, Pa.


UCC ready to help after Hurricane Michael

As the people of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas begin the long process of recovery from Hurricane Michael, an extraordinarily powerful Category 4 storm which slammed into the Florida panhandle on Wednesday, UCC Disaster Ministries remains poised to assist.


Haiti houses UCC helped build withstood latest quake

UCC Disaster Ministries is poised to help survivors of Haiti's latest earthquake, which struck near Port-de-Paix. The ministry helped families rebuild houses in this same part of Haiti after Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Constructed with materials and techniques to make them sturdy and resilient, all these houses stood through the October 6 earthquake. Unfortunately, many other houses were damaged in the latest earthquake.


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