Rapid Response Services
When a tornado, flood, or wildfire strikes an area in the United States, a Rapid Response team is on standby to investigate damages within 24 hours. If cleanup help is needed, they coordinate volunteers to help within 48 hours. Cleanup projects include cutting up trees, cleaning up debris, tearing out soggy insulation, and putting tarps on damaged roofs. These projects afford opportunities to minister the love and comfort of Jesus in a time of loss.
Mirana* will not soon forget the events of September 20, 2017. It was the day Hurricane Maria ripped across the island of Puerto Rico and destroyed her home. With few other options, Mirana collected pieces of wood and blocks from the rubble to build a tiny shelter for...read more
Disaster Response Accident Update
On Tuesday, February 6, around 5:30 p.m., a volunteer work crew was returning to the Christian Aid Ministries Disaster Response base in Lumberton, North Carolina, when they were involved in a serious traffic accident. Two volunteers were killed and two others seriously injured.
Josiah Miller, age 47, and Kevin Yoder, age 18, died in the crash. Both were from the New Order Amish community in Hustonville, Kentucky. Josiah leaves behind his wife Susan and 10 children, 8 still at home…read more
CAM Rapid Response Team Researches Ways to Help Two days after mudslides plummeted down hillsides of Southern California, the search for survivors continues. At least 17 people are dead—including four children—and more than a dozen people are still missing. Hundreds...read more
Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on the island of Puerto Rico on September 25, ripping roofs off concrete houses, flattening wooden structures, and bringing heavy flooding. Much of the island is still without power, phone service, or running water. “There are so many...read more
Forty people have lost their lives and hundreds more remain unaccounted for in California’s deadliest wildfire in state history. Sixteen fires are still blazing in various parts of the state. The fires have consumed thousands of homes and businesses and burned more...read more
Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory in the Caribbean, the island is still reeling. “Puerto Rico is in survival mode,” reported Rapid Response team member Leroy Heatwole who is helping to assess damages. Most of the island of 3.4...read more
CAM Rapid Response team members are in Puerto Rico investigating damages to see how we can best help. Before leaving, the team had spoken with a mission pilot who was the first to land in the capital city San Juan after Hurricane Maria. “The needs are unbelievable,”...read more
Update: A week after Hurricane Maria left a path of destruction in Puerto Rico, the situation is looking dismal. In one place that took a direct hit from the hurricane, residents are saying they have been without fresh water for days. Neighbors are sharing food as it...read more
Hurricane Harvey survivors continue to face a mountain of cleanup. Rapid Response teams are cleaning up and the Loaves & Fishes Food Kitchen is providing hot meals for homeowners and volunteers. We are grateful for the 100-plus volunteers a day that are helping clean...read more
Rapid Response helps with flood cleanup As Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recorded history, barreled toward Florida, people around the world earnestly prayed. Our Rapid Response staff, already overwhelmed with the Hurricane Harvey...read more