Jeff Schulz, Thomasina Burns, and Charley Elgin share the five things that congregational leaders need to know about the aftermath of Hurricane Laura.
Responding to Hurricane Laura
Hurricane Laura made landfall last night southwest Louisiana’s Cameron Parish. We are waiting for the damage to be assessed so the best response can be coordinated.
We ask congregations to BE PATIENT and allow first responders to do what they are trained to do until local leaders indicate they are ready for volunteers. Houston Responds will serve as a liaison between the Beaumont Disaster Response coalition and the coalitions/congregations in Greater Houston that are called to serve. We will be in touch with more information through our website and social media.
One of the first ways you can help is to DONATE. Survivors and responders will need resources for supplies, clean up, construction materials, volunteer coordinators, etc. One of many ways to donate is through Houston Responds and its coalition, Beaumont Disaster Response. Donate online at www.houstonresponds.org/donate and designate your donation to Hurricane Laura.
While waiting for further information before setting out to volunteer, we ask congregations to BE PREPARED by reviewing training material related to how you intend to serve. With both wind and water damage expected, some of the initial needs for volunteers will include basic supply distribution, general clean-up, fallen tree removal, roof tarping, and mucking & gutting. Training resources are available HERE.
Whether we go to serve or not, BE IN PRAYER for those in the path of Laura, for first responders, and for congregations and their people to safely mobilize and help meet the needs of the affected communities. God is our help and strength, a very present help in times of trouble. - Psalm 46:1
Stay tuned for further information.
For more additional resources, visit www.houstonresponds.org/disaster
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