Hurricane Response

Image: Trinity by the Sea parishioners boarded up their Port Aransas, Texas, church on Aug. 23rd before they evacuated due to Hurricane Harvey. “The Lord Bless You” was spray painted on plywood covering one of the doors. Photo: Trinity by the Sea via the Rev. James Derkits and Facebook.

Hurricane Harvey & Irma: Six Ways to Help

adapted from Tamara Plummer of Episcopal Relief and Development

  1. Donate to Episcopal Relief & Development’s Hurricane Harvey Response Fund or to their Hurricane Relief Fund to support impacted dioceses as they meet the needs of their most vulnerable neighbors after this event. (Please include your parish name and “Diocese of CNY” in the comments or on the memo line of your check)
  2. Please don’t send food, clothing or other items! Donations such as these can actually become more of a burden on the local diocesan leaders than a benefit. The most efficient option is supporting the local economy to respond.
  3. Sign up on Episcopal Relief & Development’s Ready to Serve page to register as a possible volunteer in the future. These are the lists Episcopal Relief & Development staff share with dioceses when they are ready to recruit external volunteers.
  4. Read Episcopal Relief & Development Director Rob Radtke’s blog post on best response practices.
  5. Pray! for all those affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Jose.
  6. Share these bulletin inserts in your worship services.  ​

Presiding Bishop Curry’s Video Messages

“We can do something, no matter what.”
Transcript Available here.

Prayers for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Transcript available here.

The Presiding Bishop’s message on Hurricane Harvey.
Transcript available here.

News Stories

Sept. 27th: Episcopalians don’t forget Puerto Rico in their hurricane relief efforts

Sept. 19th: Episcopal Relief & Development provides emergency assistance in Georgia and Florida after Hurricane Irma

Sept. 18th: Episcopalians find and give grace in the Hurricane Harvey floodwaters

Sept. 15th: Virgin Islands churches banding together to care for their Irma-hit neighbors

Sept. 14th: Episcopal Relief & Development responds to urgent needs in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irma

Sept. 11th: Irma’s damage slowly coming into focus across the Caribbean and Florida

Sept. 8th: ‘Pray for us’: Southeast Episcopalians brace for Hurricane Irma

Sept. 6th: Episcopal Relief & Development continues to respond to needs in Texas after Hurricane Harvey.

Sept. 6th: Preachers offer comfort, challenge and humor in the face of Harvey.

Sept. 1st: Episcopalians labor on to help Hurricane Harvey-hit Gulf Coast

Aug. 30th: With Harvey still drenching the South, Episcopalians minister to neighbors

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