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Hurricane Dorian - UCC Funding Appeal

Hurricane Dorian has left at least 50 dead, 2,500 reported missing and 13,000 homes severely damaged or destroyed on the Bahamas' Abaco and Grand Bahama islands - nearly 40 percent of all homes on the two islands. These numbers only begin to hint at the pain Dorian caused at the beginning of September. UCC Disaster Ministries is supporting assessment and long-term recovery planning.

UCC funds resiliency training for a Sulawesi, Indonesia, village

$15,000 from UCC Disaster Ministries will fund 12 months of resiliency training for an entire village in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, which a year ago (September 28, 2018) suffered a massively destructive earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 2,000 people and displaced tens of thousands. The goal is to build communities with independent ability to avoid danger, adapt to disaster risks and recover quickly.

UCC Disaster Ministries observes National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. The 2019 theme is "Prepared, Not Scared." Visit ready.gov/september for an abundance of resources useful for promoting preparedness all year long. And don't forget UCC Disaster Ministries' Disaster Preparedness Manual for Churches.

Commentary: the urgency of disaster preparedness

In this commentary for National Preparedness Month, UCC Disaster Ministries Executive Zach Wolgemuth explored how the plethora of disasters that we've already experienced in 2019 is yet another wake-up call for all of us to have a preparedness plan and kit in place.

Hurricane Dorian has done its work. What now?

There's a lot you can do right now!

Urgent Needs

September is National Preparedness Month

    2019 Theme: Prepared, Not Scared
    Week 3 - September 15-21:
    Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters.

More Disaster Info

Other Materials

Disaster Ministries Webinars

Stories About UCC Congregations & Disaster Response

UCC Conference Disaster Coordinators Directory

Free Disaster Preparedness Guide

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"Michael, Florence & other 2018 hurricanes" photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images

Cyclone Idai photo courtesy ACT Zimbabwe Forum