2022 Report of the Disaster Response Task Force

2022 Mission Convocation
North American Lutheran Church
Annual Report of the Disaster Response Task Force

Introduction:  Disasters this past year continued to strike throughout the United States.  And NALC Disaster Response continued to respond with your donations, support, and volunteer teams!

In addition to active responses throughout this past year, deliverables of the Disaster Task Force include:

  • 8 disaster preparedness trainings provided,
  • 19 servant event mission trips were completed;  volunteer teams rebuilding homes during long term recovery; from CA to the Carolinas,
  • 10 regional disaster warehouses have been established in addition to another 2 under consideration,
  • 1 national disaster warehouse has been completed (in Caldwell, Ohio),
  •  25 Stuff the Trucks were hosted which keep the warehouses filled and ready to respond,
  • 10 Disaster Response Sundays were coordinated plus 10 mission district convocations were attended,
  • Bi-monthly disaster task force meetings are held, with members from throughout the United States.
  • Women of the NALC (WNALC) updated the donations list of flood buckets, Bibles, quilts, and kits and throughout the year host Stuff the Trucks events – thank you WNALC!

Active Responses include the following:

August 14, 2021:  Gibson City Illinois flooded, over 200 homes were destroyed.  NALC Disaster Response responded, using the disaster warehouse at American Lutheran Church, Rantoul, IL.

August 21, 2021:  Waverly Tennessee flooded, killing 10 people with flash flooding. NALC Disaster Response responded and Reformation Lutheran Church Hendersonville is the point of contact.

In the same severe thunderstorm, Maggie Valley North Carolina flooded and NALC Disaster Response responded through New Covenant Lutheran Church Morgantown and the disaster warehouse at Advent Lutheran Kings Mountain NC.

August 29, 2021:  Hurricane Ida struck the southern coast in Louisiana and continued northeast to the state of New York.  NALC Disaster Response is responding in Covington, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, and Metairie Louisiana.  Additionally, tornadoes were spawned when Ida hit eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey and we are responding through our congregations in the Atlantic Mission Region, primarily Emmanuel Lutheran Elmer NJ, using the disaster warehouse at St. Matthew Lutheran Middle River Maryland.

December 10, 2021:  Kentucky was impacted by an EF-4 tornado that tore through Kentucky for 225 miles.  An additional 24 tornadoes struck the Bowling Green and southern area of Kentucky.  There were 5,500 homes destroyed and 88 people died.  Fifteen (15) truckloads of emergency relief supplies were delivered into Kentucky and over $32,000 of brand new Toys for Christmas were delivered to the children who lost everything!

Fire season on the West Coast – wildfires burned in 12 states, with over 100 million acres burned in California, over 9 million acres burned in Oregon, and numerous other fires destroying homes and families; over 30 people died.  This is the most severe and largest wildfires in recorded history.  Our Central Pacific Mission District responded and continues to reach out to area families, by hosting a servant event mission trip to Berry Creek, CA.

Spiritual Christian Care:  the most important part of NALC Disaster Response is the Christian Care we provide – Bibles and volunteers are needed when disasters strike.  Pastor George Zornow and Mary Bates have re-written and updated the Spiritual Christian Care training program.  More instruction and more focus is provided for youth and young adults who want to provide Spiritual Christian Care and thankfully, there are many young people who respond when disasters strike!

A box truck, a 28’ trailer, 2 pick up trucks, 3 tool trailers, and 2 shower trailers are available to NALC congregations when disasters strike.  The first bunkhouse trailer has been completed – bunk house trailers will serve our congregations, in disaster-impacted communities, who do not yet have a church building.

NALC Disaster Response is also now listed on Thrivent Choice, separate from NALC – search NALC Disaster Response to donate.

Most importantly, hundreds and hundreds of people and families were touched by you and your congregations after losing all their material possessions and so many losing their hope.  You gave them hope for a better tomorrow – Thank you for all you do and may God Bless you in the coming year!

Mary Bates,
Disaster Coordinator
740-509-1132
NALC Disaster Response, 16500 Noble Ave., Caldwell, Ohio  43724
[email protected]

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July 29, 2022