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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.

To make a donation to LDR-EPA, please visit our secure site.

For more information on preparedness and how you can volunteer your time, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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


    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.

  • 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.
  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsGive or Receive Help with Local Flooding in Pennsylvania

    Do you know someone who experienced property damage in recent August flooding? Would you or your congregation be able to assist families affected?

    Get help: While areas along north and central portions of the Schuylkill and Susquehanna Rivers have been hit hardest, there are areas in Delaware, Philadelphia and Chester Counties that are also experiencing flooding. Anyone who would like to request help should call 272-200-3211 for assistance. The hotline will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., including weekends through August 31.

    Give help: Lutheran Disaster Response - Eastern PA is working with other agencies to organize work crews to assist.

    For more information contact: Julia Menzo, Director of Community Outreach, Liberty Lutheran/Lutheran Congregational Services, [email protected]

  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsCOVID Guidance for Congregations and Volunteers

    Click here to learn more.

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