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Hurricane Dorian - UCC Response

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. People are being evacuated to other islands in the Bahamas and to the U.S. The Government of the Bahamas has requested help,...

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!

UCC Disaster Ministries supports ecumenical assessment team to the Bahamas

UCC Disaster Ministries is supporting an ecumenical Rapid Assessment Team to the Bahamas with funds and technical expertise. The team will identify needs of the affected population; assess local capacities to respond, including those of churches, and provide recommendations for response through the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches of which the UCC is a member.

Urgent Needs

September is National Preparedness Month

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

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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

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