Response Opportunities

  • Chainsaw & Tree Debris Removal
  • Flood Muck-Out & Tear-Out
  • Debris Cleanup
  • Temporary Roof Tarping
  • Food, Water & Clothing Distribution
  • Damage Assessment
  • Human Care & Prayer
  • Temporary Child Care
  • Temporary Senior Care
  • Flood Buckets
  • DROC Manager
  • And Many More Opportunities!
Ways in which you can get involved!
Early Response - Right after a disaster strikes, after First Responders have made it safe, help is often needed in clean up efforts. Volunteers are needed for chainsaw, muck-out (flood), food distribution, and much more. This is a short-term need, usually lasting only a few days to a few months.
Rebuild & Long-Term Response - After the cleanup is completed comes repairs and rebuilding of homes. Volunteers are needed to help do construction work on homes (framing, roofing, dry wall, finish, painting, flooring, and more. This need can go on for several years after a disaster.


    Spring snow melt has caused wide-spread flooding throughout the Midwest; Nebraska was particularly hard hit. Numerous small responses involving flood muck-out are occurring throughout the state. The LCMS Nebraska District is helping coordinate response needs and volunteers. Volunteers are needed for muck-out and rebuild projects. Contact the Nebraska District their website for more information.
    Hurricane Florence (9/2018) caused severe flooding in southwest North Carolina. Muck-out and cleaning of homes is complete and the rebuild phase has begun. The LCMS Southeastern District is engaged in rebuilding projects in the Jacksonville and New Bern areas. Work will be in May and June 2019, and include framing, dry wall, finish, flooring, cabinets, and painting. Spaces are limited. Contact the Southeastern District.
    Hurricane Harvey (10/2017) caused massive flooding along coastal areas. Clean up work has been completed, but the rebuilding will take several years. Rebuild efforts are ongoing in the Golden Triangle, which includes the towns of Beaumont and Port Arthur northeast of Houston, and the Coastal Bend, which includes towns like Corpus Christi and Rockport, southwest of Houston. Contact the LCMS Texas District.
    Hurricane Michael (10/2018) caused massive damage in the Mexico Beach/Panama City area. Cleanup efforts by response organizations have stopped. After six months, with thousands of hours of work by hundreds of volunteers, the LCMS Southern District has closed cleanup operations.
  5. Tornadoes
    2019 has seen an active spring tornado season. Most cleanup responses are short-term and end within days or a couple weeks after the tornado. Contact your LERT or District Disaster Response Coordinator to information on any cleanup response for tornadoes in your area, state, or District.
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  1. Flood Buckets
    A flood bucket is simply a 5-gallon bucket, with lid, that has been filled with specific cleaning supplies and devotional materials. Buckets are distributed to areas that have been affected by a disaster, particularly floods. They provide something for people to start putting their lives back together, giving them hope as they start the cleaning process. This is a great project for church groups of all ages.
  2. Chainsaw & Tree Debris Removal
    Volunteers use chainsaws to clear downed trees and tree limbs so they can be removed from a home yard. Due to the hazards involved using a chainsaw, only volunteers who have received training on safe chainsaw use, and wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment, are allowed to operate a chainsaw on any LCMS District disaster response. Volunteers who are not chainsaw certified may assist in tree debris removal. (Contact us about chainsaw training.)
  3. Flood Muck-Out & Tear-Out
    Following a flood event everything in a home touched by flood waters must be cleaned to be a healthy environment. Mud and muck, walls, carpet, furniture, cabinets, belongings, and fixtures must be removed so the home can be decontaminated from mold and other hazards. Volunteers are needed to remove everything, clean the bare walls, floors, and salvageable belongings, then disinfect for mold. (Contact us about Muck-Out training.)
  4. Debris Cleanup
    Volunteers are needed to help clean up tree and building debris following tornadoes, windstorms, hurricanes, and other storms. No special knowledge or training is needed to do this work, and people of all ages can help clean up, make their communities beautiful, and give people hope.
  5. Food, Water & Clothing Distribution
    Following a large storm that resulted in significant damage to homes there may be a need for volunteers to assist a local Lutheran church collect and distribute food and water supplies. Useful in a very limited amount and for a very short period, clothing and cleaning supplies may also be distributed. Distribution needs are usually short-term, lasting only a few days to a couple weeks before stores are back in operation.
  6. Damage Assessment
    Volunteers are needed after a disaster to assist our Synod and District leaders determine the extent of damage and the type of response that is needed. Once a response has been initiated, volunteers are needed to assess damage at individual homes to determine if we are able to assist them in clean up efforts (debris, chainsaw, muck-out), and what type of team and equipment is required. Assessors also secure homeowner permission for the work. (Contact us for training.)
  7. Human Care & Prayer
    We are not just another community group doing disaster clean up. We are the Church! As such, our volunteers are encouraged to address the human and spiritual care needs of the people they assist. Volunteers so gifted are needed to talk with and pray with homeowners, helping them through the grief process, while others are doing clean up work. This is a great ministry for those who may not be physically able to do some of the more strenuous physical clean up work.
  8. Temporary Child Care
    Families impacted by a disaster often face the daunting task of dealing with insurance companies, FEMA, and contractors while trying to work and take care of their property. Regular day care or schools may not be open. Volunteers can provide temporary child care at a local Lutheran church to aid families with young children while they take care of these tasks. Special training may be required.
  9. Temporary Senior Care
    Many churches and communities have a significant number of senior citizens who do not live in a care facility. Many times seniors have health, mobility or transportation issues. Volunteers can assist a local Lutheran church care and minister to their seniors, providing home visits, meals, transportation, or other services. This is often critical immediately after a storm until power and other services are restored.
  10. Temporary Roof Tarping
    Volunteers are needed to help temporarily cover roofs of homes that have had shingles torn off following windstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. This is critical to get done quickly to prevent further damage and mold growth from rains. Plastic tarps are placed and securely fastened to the roof in such a way that winds will not rip them loose. Some training on how to properly fasten a tarp is good, as is ability to walk on various pitched roofs and climb ladders.
  11. Disaster Response Operations Center Manager
    Following a larger disaster the District may establish a Disaster Response Operations Center (DROC) at a local Lutheran Church, where cleanup operations are managed and volunteers work through. A DROC Manager assesses and coordinates recovery jobs, schedules and manages volunteers, and works with District, church, government, and other disaster response partners. A DROC Manager may be onsite for part or the duration of the response.

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