Lutheran Disaster Response Lutheran Congregational Services
LDR Construction Coordinator, Dennis Steffy, and FEMA restore homes impacted by devastating flash floods in Schuylkill County. Their disaster response efforts continue long after the flooding that occurred last August.

As heavy rain and flash flooding create dangerous conditions that leave lasting impacts of devastation throughout our communities, individuals and their families are asking a very important question. How can we keep the people of our community safe when disastrous weather strikes while building resiliency before and after these natural disasters occur?

Schuylkill County flood relief efforts
Rescue divers on Spring St. in Tremont during the floods last summer

Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR), a ministry of Lutheran Congregational Services (LCS), works with congregations, local and federal agencies as well as community organizations to help prepare for and respond to natural disasters. With comprehensive experience in long-term recovery and a wide network of disaster partners, LCS and LDR connect communities impacted by heavy rain and flash flooding with the necessary resources for recovery, while providing congregations with the training and understanding of how to serve survivors and support communities through such difficult times. 

Discover how your congregation can help make communities stronger. Register for Lutheran Congregational Services’ free webinar that teaches congregations how to prepare for the impacts of heavy rain and flash flooding while building resiliency and restoring hope for long-term recovery.

Click here to register today.

Heavy Rain and Flash Flooding: What You Need to Know

According to The National Weather Service, floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Flash flooding is most often caused due to extremely heavy rainfall. In fact, just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you off of your feet and just two feet of water is strong enough to float your car.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advises that failing to evacuate flooded areas, entering flood waters, or remaining after a flood has passed can result in injury or even death.

How to Stay Safe During Flash Floods and Heavy Rain

LCS and LDR volunteers repair homes in Tremont impacted by flash floods and heavy rain
  • If your area is under a flood warning, seek safe shelter immediately.
  • Listen to weather alert systems like NOAA Weather Radio for emergency instructions 
  • Evacuate your area if you are instructed to do so
  • If you are trapped in a building, go to its highest level
  • If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, stay inside. If water begins to enter the vehicle seek refuge on the roof
  • Stay away from bridges located over bodies of fast-moving water. Bridges can be swept away and/or destroyed suddenly by heavy rain and flash flooding.
  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flooded waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown.®

What Can Congregations Do to Help? Get the Answers in our Free Webinar

When: July 31, 2019 – 9:30 to 11 am

On July 31 from 9:30 to 11 am, LCS and LDR are sharing their professional insights and experiences on emergency preparedness and long-term recovery to help congregations understand how they can make their communities stronger before, during, and after natural disasters. In this free webinar led by Julia Menzo, director of community outreach for Lutheran Congregational Services, you will learn  

  • Steps for a congregation to be better prepared for emergency weather and natural disasters
  • Resources to share with community residents and members when property damage occurs
  • How to make your community stronger: early response and long term recovery
  • How Lutheran Congregational Services and Lutheran Disaster Response help communities when natural disasters happen
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Your Congregation Can Make an Impact. Register for LCS and LDR’s insightful webinar and help make communities stronger. Click here to sign up today.

To discover how Lutheran Congregational Services and Lutheran Disaster Response support vulnerable populations and rebuild communities in the wake of disaster, click here to visit their website.

Lutheran Congregational Services is a member of the Liberty Lutheran family of services. Liberty’s faith-based, non-profit organization impacts the health and well-being of more than 10,000 senior adults through a dynamic range of health and wellness services and lifestyle options.