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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.

Additionally, through funding provided by ELCA, LDR-EPA has designed and implemented Disaster Spiritual Partners, a unique intiative that teaches pastors about the stages of disaster recovery, ways to best serve their community, and how to care for themselves while working in challenging situations.

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.

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

  • Safeguarding Houses of Worship app Information

    The National Institute of Justice has created Safeguarding Houses of Worship, an app that will help local law enforcement work with houses of worship to evaluate facilities and create plans for preventing attacks and prepare for other catastrophic events.

    To access this FREE app, public safety officials should visit The National Institute of Justice web site and follow the instructions provided.

    Listen to Julia Menzo - Liberty Lutheran's Disaster Response Coordinator - speak with WHYY-FM's Dave Heller of NewsWorks Tonight about the new app here.

  • Preparedness 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.

  • Volunteer 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.

  • Helping Across the Nation

    If you would like to learn about disaster relief opportunities across the nation- including Georgia, New Jersey, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia -please click here.


    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.

  • Tips for a Power Outage

    With a major winter storm moving into the region Monday night into Tuesday, there is likelihood of power outages. Winds could range from 30 - 40mph with gusts reaching higher velocities. Snow totals as of 11am on Monday range from 8" to 12" for the Greater Philadelphia region. The expected snow will be wet and heavy and could bring down tree limbs, power lines and damage property.
    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.

For more information, click here to contact us online.

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