Disaster Response

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Lutheran Disaster Response - Eastern Pennsylvania (LDR–EPA), a ministry of Lutheran Congregational Services, is the agency designated by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s (ELCA) Lutheran Disaster Response program to oversee disaster preparedness and response for Lutherans in 24 counties of eastern Pennsylvania.

LDR–EPA works with congregations, local and federal agencies, and community organizations to help prepare for and respond to natural or human-caused disasters such as large apartment fires, severe storms, or terror attacks.

LDR-EPA's depth of experience in long-term recovery and wide network of disaster partners enables us to efficiently connect survivors with the appropriate resources, coordinate a corps of volunteers to assist with recovery, and provide congregations with the training and resources needed to best serve impacted communities.

FINANCIAL DONATIONS

Lutheran Congregational Services’ Lutheran Disaster Response ministry is currently responding to recent disasters in Philadelphia and Bucks Counties.

To donate, mail checks to Lutheran Disaster Response – Eastern PA in either Allentown or Ambler, or donate online.

Mail checks to:

Lutheran Congregational Services

2354 Grove Road, Allentown, PA 18109

Or

Lutheran Congregational Services

7002 Butler Pike, Ambler, PA 19002

DONATE ONLINE

For more information on preparedness, how you can volunteer your time, and ways to engage, please see below.

  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsPreparedness Plans

    We recommend individuals and congregations develop their own preparedness plans.

    Click here to see Congregational Disaster Preparedness Guidebook.

    Check out our Congregation Preparation Form.

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  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsVolunteer Opportunities with Lutheran Disaster Response

    Lutheran Disaster Response–Eastern PA (LDR-EPA) develops and maintains a database of potential volunteers, congregations, agencies and resources, which is made available for response to disasters in our region and possibly other parts of the country. 


    Click here for volunteer opportunities.


    Volunteer Videos

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  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsHelping Across the Nation

    Because of the risks associated with COVID-19, we do not recommend overnight travel for disaster response volunteering. Please check our COVID pull down tab for information on service opportunities during the pandemic

    Disclaimer

    Lutheran Congregational Services provides this information as a resource for those wishing to volunteer for disaster response.  It is our hope that this information results in meaningful service opportunities.  Please be aware these listings are not volunteer opportunities with Lutheran Disaster Response-Eastern Pa.  Neither Lutheran Congregational Services nor Lutheran Disaster Response-Eastern Pa assumes liability for your participation in any of these opportunities.

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  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsTips for a Power Outage

    During times of major weather events, be it extreme heat, powerful storms, or severe winter weather, there is always the likelihood of power outages caused by downed tree limbs or power lines.
    In the event of a power outage, make sure you:
    • Only use flashlights for emergency lighting, candles can cause fires.
    • Turn off or disconnect appliances and other equipment in case of a momentary power “surge” that can damage computers and other devices. Consider adding surge protectors.
    • Put on layers of warm clothing if it is cold outside. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors. Never use your oven as a source of heat. If the power may be out for a prolonged period, plan to go to another location (the home of a relative or friend, or a public facility) that has heat to keep warm.
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  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsCOVID Guidance for Congregations and Volunteers

    Click here to learn more.

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  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsBucks County and Northeast Philadelphia July Flooding: Ways to Engage for Community Helping Agencies and House of Worships

    INFORMATION FROM UNITED WAY BUCKS COUNTY ON MATERIAL

    United Way Bucks FAQs for weather-impacted families: www.uwbucks.org/faqs-for-weather-impacted-residents/

    Other donations: Year-round, we serve people who are struggling at our HELP Center, 194 Commerce Circle, Bristol, PA 19007. We are serving more people than ever due to the floods and tornado.

      • We only accept donations of brand new items. The items we need most right now are sheet sets and towel sets, but we accept many items, from food and clothes to cleaning supplies and pots and pans. Sheets and towel sets are also the items we need most year-round.
      • We continue to work with small groups of volunteers to unpack pallets of goods, sort, and shelve items. We only work with adult volunteers (it is not safe for kids). Volunteers need to be able to bend, lift, twist, etc., but this is a great way for faith-based groups to get involved.
      • Any questions re donating to -- or volunteering at -- our HELP Center should go to PJ O’Brien at [email protected] or (215) 867-9013.

    CLEAN OUT BUCKET CONTENTS LIST AND DROP OFF LOCATION (UCC AND CHURCH WORLD SERVICE)

    The following United Church of Christ congregations have offered to be drop-off locations for the kits you assemble. Please contact the drop off site before you plan delivering buckets. Over 300 cleanout kits were distributed in response to local flooding. These buckets came from donations from congregations across Pennsylvania, thank you! Supplies now need to be replenished. Download list or continue scrolling

    BERKS COUNTY

    1. Trinity United Church of Christ, 2449 Cumberland Ave, Reading (Mt. Penn), PA 19606. Contact:   Annette Black, Church Secretary - 610-779-4030 - email: [email protected].  Best times to contact: Mon-Fri 8AM-3PM (2:30 on Fri).  Please bring buckets to the second door on 25th
    2. First Reformed Church of the United Church of Christ, 76 South Third Street, Hamburg, PA  19526. 610-562-2593 (Church Office -- Karen is the Secretary).  Contact Person:  Church office or Daryl Hamm (Pastor) 484-793-5704 (cell) or Lari Leiby 610-207-7939 (cell).  Please call to arrange a drop off time.  The office is not always staffed.
    3. Zion Blue Mountain United Church of Christ, 6573 Old Route 22, Bernville, PA 19506. Contact: Pastor Jason Stump - 610-488-7361 email: [email protected] or [email protected]

     

    BUCKS COUNTY

    1. Stephens UCC, 110 N 6th St, Perkasie, PA 18944 Phone:  215-257-6460.   Email:  [email protected].  Contact persons:  Patricia Kimble, Office Administrator, or Sparkie Heckler, Mission Chair, phone 215-257-2350. Email:  [email protected].
    2. Solomon's UCC, 2990 Bedminster Road (Route 113), Perkasie, PA 18944. Pastor Dorothy Shelly  215-527-2384 c;  215-795-2668 church (open Wed/Fri 9:30 AM-12:30 PM)
    3. Luke's UCC, 212 Durham Rd, Ottsville, PA 18942. Contact the Church Office: 610-847-2633.  Drop Off: Monday - Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.  Please call before coming to assure that someone will be at the church.

     

    CARBON COUNTY

    Penn Northeast Conference Office, 431 Delaware Ave, Palmerton, PA 18071.  Contact:  Barbara Jennings, Phone: (610) 826-3113.  Email:  [email protected]

    CHESTER COUNTY

    Brownbacks UCC, 640 Ridge Road, Spring City, Pa 19475.  Contact:  Administrator – Kaitlin Iezzi; or Pastor - Mark Stryjak.  610-495-6788; [email protected].  Best times to deliver:  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

    LEHIGH COUNTY

    UCC Greenawalds, 2325 W Albright Ave Allentown, PA 18104.  Wed or Thurs 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The church entrance is on Orchard Ave at side of the church.  Saturday delivery by appointment.  Contact:  Grant Field - 610-217-1475.

    MONTGOMERY COUNTY

    Zwingli United Church of Christ, 350 Wile Ave., Souderton, PA 18964.  Buckets will be taken in the basement door to the right of the main church entrance in the rear parking lot.  Contact information:  Church Office - 215-723-1186; [email protected].  Call or e-mail prior to drop off to ensure the office is open.  Drop off preferred between 9:00 am & 3:00 pm Monday-Friday except between 12:00 pm & 1:30 pm.

    PHILADELPHIA

    St. Luke's UCC, 10151 Bustleton Ave., Philadelphia, PA  19116.  Contact:  Rev. Terri McNamara   215- 637-8866, Email: [email protected] .  Drop off days:  Most Wednesdays, third and fourth Saturday mornings of the month, any Sundays after church.

    SCHUYLKILL COUNTY

    First UCC, 110 Route 61 South, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.  Contact:  Rev. Ms. Shawn D. Van Dyke.  Phone:  (570) 385-2049  Email:  [email protected].  Monday-Thursday, 9 AM-1 PM

    Clean up Kit Contents List from Church World Service

    Here’s what you’ll need:

    • One five-gallon bucket with resealable lid (If bucket has been used, clean well but do not use if it has held chemicals of any kind.)
    • Four scouring pads
    • Seven sponges, including one large
    • One scrub brush
    • Eighteen reusable, lightweight dry cleaning towels (e.g. Handi wipes)
    • One 50 oz. or two 25 oz. bottle(s) of liquid laundry detergent
    • One 16-28 oz. bottle of liquid disinfectant dish soap
    • One 12-16 oz. bottle of household cleaner that can be mixed with water (no spray bottles)
    • One package of 48-50 clothespins
    • Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.
    • Five dust masks
    • Two pairs heavy-duty, waterproof dishwashing gloves (latex-free, non-surgical)
    • One pair work gloves, cotton with leather palm or all leather
    • 24-28 heavy duty or contractor type 30-45 gallon trash bags on a roll and removed from carton
    • One 6-9 oz. bottle of non-aerosol insect repellent

    All cleaning items must be new – all liquid items must be capped and securely tightened. Place all items into the bucket, making sure they are packed securely to avoid damage during shipment. Snap the lid on tight and seal with packing tape.

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    For more information contact

    Karl Jones, UCC Disaster Ministries, 570-617-4018, [email protected] and Julia Menzo, Lutheran Disaster Response – Eastern PA, [email protected].

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  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsWhat You Can Do to Assist Hurricane Ida Recovery

    Hurricane Ida impacted thousands of families in vulnerable communities. Those most impacted are in the following communities: Northampton, Coatesville, Downingtown, Bridgeport, Collegeville, Norristown, Perkasie, Bensalem, Upper Dublin, Ambler, Horsham, Manayunk, Spinnerstown, Schwenksville/Skippack. Some families also indicated damage in Reading, Hamburg, Allentown and in the Poconos.

    What you can do

    Pray and be present

    Offering a space for those impacted to pray, and for all impacted by Ida and the events of the past year, is so critical to all of our well beings right now. The value of offering prayers and holding worship and continuing to be a steadfast presence in your community cannot be overstated.

    Provide outreach in communities hardest hit by sharing on social media, or taking flyers into the community, or staffing outreach centers

    Share broadly the opportunity for survivors to register for Federal disaster assistance at disasterassistance.gov

    Ida survivors who need help with muck out, debris removal, tree work, mold removal, or rebuild should call 844-965-1386!!!

    Volunteer

    We will need volunteers to help staff resource centers and outreach in the coming weeks. We will also need volunteers to help with mucking and gutting. Please email me at [email protected] if you are interested in learning more.

    Lutheran Disaster Response – Eastern PA will be holding a training webinar for mucking and gutting on September 22, 2021 from 10 am – noon. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/disaster-response-muck-and-gut-tickets-171292188547

    Reach out to housing agencies and other helping organizations in impacted communities and ask what they need. Common items are socks and underwear, hygiene kits, and gift cards for local restaurants and convenience stores like Wawa.

    Make cleanout kits and share them with local helping agencies.

    Donate

    Lutheran Congregational Services’ Lutheran Disaster Response ministry is currently responding to recent disasters all across eastern Pennsylvania.

    Click here to donate now, or mail checks to Lutheran Disaster Response–Eastern PA at:

    Lutheran Congregational Services

    7002 Butler Pike

    Ambler, PA 19002

    For more information, please contact:

    Julia Menzo, Lutheran Disaster Response – Eastern PA, [email protected]

    Lutheran Disaster Response – Eastern PA will continue to provide leadership and coordination for regional and local long term recovery to Hurricane Ida. We bring together partners from federal agencies to local municipalities and helping organizations that serve survivors in order to help families navigate their own recovery that often includes navigating FEMA applications, insurance claims, permitting process, temporary sheltering, and long term housing solutions. We strive to both help the individual survivor family and at the same time, share best practices to empower communities to create a long term recovery process that leverages resources to make that family recovery process possible.

    We strive to find ways to engage congregations and individuals with us all along the way.

    Lutheran Disaster Response – Eastern PA is a leader in Pennsylvania. We're there for survivors from beginning and throughout the lengthy and tedious disaster recovery process.

    Disasters are traumatic on all. Thank you for being there for those who are grappling with the aftermath of this destructive storm. You are a blessing to each and every one of them.

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  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsCrisis Cleanup Hotline for Hurricane Ida Recovery

    Crisis Cleanup Hotline Available Now!
    Ida survivors who need help with muck out, debris removal, tree work, mold removal, or rebuild should call 844-965-1386!!! https://www.crisiscleanup.org/survivor.
    Crisis Cleanup is a partnership with Lutheran Disaster Response in VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster). As VOAD, we strive to meet all survivor needs; however, there is no guarantee of service.
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  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsDisaster Assistance for Those Impacted By Hurricane Ida

    Download the PDF, in English and en Espanol, to learn how to register for Disaster Assistance.

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