Disaster Response Services
Through the Disaster Response Services program, Lutheran Social Services (LSS) provides disaster response coordination and disaster preparedness training in the state of Ohio and surrounding areas. As the statewide coordinator for Lutheran Disaster Response LDR-ELCA, LSS provides coordination for long-term recovery including repair and rebuilding of homes destroyed by disaster. As the District-wide coordinator for the Ohio District-LCMS, LSS provides early response coordination, meeting basic needs of families impacted by disaster.
The state of Ohio averages three disasters annually. When disaster strikes, there are three stages of response: first response, emergency relief (Ohio District-LCMS) and long-term recovery (LDR-ELCA). LSS provides disaster response coordination of volunteers through the churches. LSS also provides coordination of spiritual and emotional care volunteers and just-in-time (JIT) donations management as well as a disaster response database.
Disaster Preparedness Training
LSS offers two levels of training to assist congregations and faith-based organizations in responding to disasters locally or nationally.
- Level One is an overview of disaster response and will assist participants in identifying areas of strength during times of disaster.
- Level Two consists of training modules specific to case management volunteers, volunteer coordination, donations management, spiritual care, capacity building and ecumenical partnerships.
Participants will receive a certificate and be registered as a volunteer in the disaster response database.
The next training will be scheduled soon. Check back in 2016 for more information.
Ways You Can Help
Volunteers are needed in each area. Congregations, men's groups, women's groups, youth groups and mission or ministry committees are encouraged to identify disaster response as a ministry.
Disaster Response Services coordinates community outreach efforts known as servant events to renovate or rebuild homes for those affected by natural or human-caused disasters. Servant events also assist with home repairs, yard work and demolition. Those assisted include low-income families, the elderly and disabled.
Register now for Servant Events in 2016! There are many volunteer opportunities in southern Ohio.
Click the link below for more information.
Volunteers are needed when disaster strikes and for servant events as part of the training program. Organizations and church groups are welcome.
Monetary donations, gift cards and in-kind donations are needed. Please contact Mary Woodward-Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Congregations are needed to provide storage of the following items:
For more information, contact:
LSS Disaster Response
PO Box 176
Caldwell, OH 43724
or email: email@example.com
Send all monetary donations to:
Lutheran Social Services Development Dept.
500 W. Wilson Bridge Rd., Ste. 245
Worthington, Ohio 43085
Please put “LSS Disaster Response” on the memo line.