Serving Others
Whether you are age 10 or 90, there is ALWAYS something you can do to help other and show the love of Christ!  We strive to teach and show you how you can help in times of need.  You might be able to cut up trees, make flood buckets, or just provide a comforting hug, an ear, and a prayer - all are needed in times of disasters.
 

Flood Bucket Challenge

​​NO Flood Buckets Currently Needed
But if your church wants to make and keep a small supply for the a need arises,
​please feel free to make them.

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Flood buckets from
Florida and Georgia

​​783 flood buckets from Florida and Georgia were delivered to Lumberton, North Carolina, and given to residents who were flooded out from Hurricane Matthew (2016). Thank you to all who helped make, collect, transport, and distribute the buckets!

Over 250 FL-GA flood buckets were distributed in the Ft. Myers/Naples, Florida area after Hurricane Irma (2017).

Abour 700 FL-GA flood buckets headed to North Carolina after Hurricane Florience (2018).

 Services Provided

  1. LERT Training
    Lutheran Early Response Training (LERT) – basic disaster response training that all volunteers must receive to work in a disaster area. Includes: understanding disasters, disaster response, response behavior and working with others, types of response, congregation preparedness, how you can minister to others by putting your faith into action. NOTE: All volunteers must receive this training. Credentials are issued only upon successful completion of this course.
  2. Chainsaw Training
    Chainsaw safety and use – basic certification and advanced chainsaw safety and use for those who operate a chainsaw and non-operator team members. Includes: safe practices, personal protective equipment (PPE), chainsaw physics, tree dynamics, and maintenance. Advanced training includes tree felling and pole saw use. NOTE: Any volunteer who operates a chainsaw must be certified. Both classes are a hands-on class in which participants will operate a chainsaw under the direction of the instructor.
  3. Muck-Out Training
    Mucking – how to safely and effectively clean up after a flood. Includes: safe practices, understanding water and its effects, health issues, personal protective equipment (PPE), equipment, and limitations.
  4. Disaster Planning
    Most churches and schools do not have a plan to address a disaster (e.g., tornado, hurricane, flood, fire, active shooter, etc.) that occurs to their facility and / or community. Churches and schools that have a plan recover faster and become a place of refuge and service to their members and community. Mercy in Action Disaster Resources can assist your congregation or school in: o Congregation and school disaster plan development – includes plans for pre- and post-disaster for your church, school, staff, and members. o Recovery plan development – includes how your congregation can minister to the needs of your neighborhood and community.
  5. Disaster Management
    Mercy in Action Disaster Resources assists LCMS Districts, congregations, and pastors in managing a disaster by providing specialists to assist with: o Volunteer coordination – registering, training, tracking, assisting, and coordinating individual volunteers and volunteer teams. o Job coordination – setting up jobs for volunteers, coordinating with other faith-based and NGO groups to limit overlap and maximize effectiveness of volunteers. o Logistics – obtaining resources needed for volunteers, the church, and its members as they work the response plan. o Documentation – maintaining documentation on response activities, jobs, finances, and volunteers for grants, reimbursements, and after-action reports; preparing reports. o Financial management – assisting the congregation with tracking contributions and expenses; ensuring strict financial accountability through clear and accessible documentation. o Liaisoning with governmental, non-governmental, and faith-based organizations and agencies – being the point-of-contact to ensure good communication and coordination of the response.
  6. Equipment
    Following a disaster, teams of volunteers need tools and equipment to be able to work to clean up churches and homes. Having equipment available greatly assists teams in effectively using their time and talents. Mercy in Action Disaster Resources can: o Assist congregations in designing and equipping disaster response trailers. o Provide equipment for use by volunteer teams