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Disaster Response

Current Needs

Hurricane Harvey

According to FEMA, Hurricane Harvey is the worst disaster in Texas history with more than 2 feet of rain displacing thousands of people in Houston and along the Gulf Coast. The impact has left many in Texas without shelter, food, clothing, electricity and medical assistance. It is times like these when we are called to come together and care for our neighbors.

Here's how you can help people rebuild and restore their lives: 

Where to Donate Money & Resources:

  • Upbring in Austin, TX has a Disaster Response team mobilizing in the affected areas to provide 350+ foster families with immediate, short and long term response and recovery assistance. Donate here to support Upbring
  • ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response provides ongoing assistance to those in need, including Hurricane Harvey relief – 100% of gifts for this disaster will be used until the response is complete. Make your gift here.
  • LCMS Disaster Response team is coordinating with Texas District Disaster Response to launch a significant sustain relief effort in the disaster zone. Donate here.

Other Ways to Help:

  • Pray for those who are affected or in need following Hurricane Harvey
  • Volunteer with local food banks, animal shelters and foster care facilities
  • Partner with churches to send food, clothes, hygiene products, pet food, diapers and basic resources 
  • Share this information with your family, friends, churches and colleagues

Be Part of the Solution...

...not part of the problem!  DO NOT self-deploy or send material donations.

  • Before you deploy
    • connect with and become affiliated with a disaster organization already set up in the disaster area
    • know that food and housing may not be available for volunteers
    • self-deployed volunteers, while well-meaning, can become a secondary disaster, taking resources away from vital areas of response already underway.
  • Before you send donations
    • remember that cash is always the right size and color (unlike that old sweater)
      • know that cash helps the local devastated economy recover as well
      • saves transportation/storage/management costs
    • connect with an organization that is in the disaster area AND is willing to take the material donations
    • know that unsolicited donations may be refused at the disaster site

ND Long Term Recovery

North Dakota often experiences severe weather events and helping each other is just what neighbors do.

The North Dakota Long Term Recovery fund is established to support the unmet needs of people who have been impacted by disaster. Through case management, the unmet needs will be presented (anonymously) to the Long Term Recovery Committee for fair and equitable distribution of funds and/or resources.

By providing a monetary donation to the Long Term Recovery Fund, you will help areas that has been affected by disaster. If you wish to donate to a specific community or relief organization, please specify with your contribution. Contributions are tax deductible and 100% is used for direct client services. To contribute to the N.D. Long Term Recovery Fund, please send a check or money order to:

N.D. Long Term Recovery Fund

3911 20th Ave South

Fargo, ND 58103

Ongoing Needs

Volunteers will be needed for when a disaster strikes. Preparation allows volunteers to maximize their efforts in the clean up and possible rebuilding houses impacted. Consider building teams for cleanup tasks and also forming teams to assist with rebuilding houses. The rebuild teams should have 2-3 skilled and 2 helpers. "Skilled" doesn't mean professionals although they are certainly an asset. In rebuilding houses after a disaster, a "skilled" person is one who has experience through hands-on remodeling their home. Think of your skills this way: if I do this task, would I be satisfied with the quality for MY home? Tasks may include: - framing - drywall hanging/finishing - install doors/trim - install windows - general carpentry. Want to help but need training on basic rebuild skills? Consider contacting your local home improvement store for free training workshops and then practice prior to deploying to a disaster. Some suggestions include:

  • Lowe's
  • Home Depot
  • Menards

Trainings Available

  • Volunteer Training
    Volunteer Training

    Lutheran Early Response Training is now available. Be a valuable servant by learning how to be ready to help those impacted by disaster in your own backyard or across the nation. Training includes information you need before you go and what to expect/how to help once you are onsite. For more information, contact Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response at 800-950-2901. Be part of the action!

  • What happens if a disaster impacts your church? Who knows where the insurance information is? Who is in charge? How will your members be contacted? What if the building is unusable for holding services? Disasters impact whole communities and the failure to have a plan is a plan for failure. Having a written plan in place and current gives confidence and reassurance should the church or members be impacted. Contact Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response at 800-950-2901 for further information and training.

Helpful Resources

Contact Us

       phone: 1-800-950-2901


Be a blessing and be blessed at the same time!

Our Impact This Year

  • People received help with immigration-related services


  • Problem gamblers who found help


  • Hours of training provided by Child Care Aware to early childhood workforce


  • Seniors provided with companionship in North Dakota


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