Disaster Response ServicesCAM's Disaster Response Services (DRS) reaches out to communities in the United States that have been devastated by disasters.
Disaster Response Services
If long-term recovery help is needed in a disaster area, our Disaster Response Services (DRS) program sets up a base, and we schedule volunteer work teams to rebuild homes. Recipients are those who are underinsured, low-income, and have nowhere else to turn for help. DRS rebuilding projects can last from several months to several years, providing opportunities for our staff and volunteers to build relationships and show Christ’s love to people in the United States.
Rapid Response Services
Rapid Response Services offers cleanup services to individuals and communities affected by natural disasters. Rapid Response teams in various locations in the U.S. facilitate quick response to disasters close to home. The goal of a Rapid Response team is to move into a community within 24 hours to investigate the damages and to bring in volunteers within 48 hours to help with preliminary cleanup. Volunteers help cut up trees, remove debris, clean out flooded houses, and install tarps on damaged roofs.
Search & Rescue
“To seek and to save” (Luke 19:10)
Each day an average of 136 people go missing in the United States. Many places lack the expertise and equipment to locate missing persons. To help fill this need, CAM has launched Search & Rescue as an arm of Rapid Response Services.
Projects to date
Houses rebuilt or repaired
Cleanup and rebuilding projects
Hours of labor
Details on Rapid Response projects
|Albany, GA||Tornado||Jan 3-5|
|Monte Rio, CA||Flooding||Jan 14|
|Hattiesburg, MS||Tornado||Jan 23-24|
|Thomasville & Albany, GA||Tornado||Jan 23-Feb 24|
|San Jose, CA||Flood||Feb 25-Mar 11|
|Hellam York, PA||Tornado||Feb 27-Mar 1|
|Cocalico, PA||Tornado||Feb 27-Mar 6|
|Perrysville, MO||Tornado||Feb 28-Mar 4|
|Cottage Grove, TN||Wind||Mar 1|
|Fort Branch, IN||Tornado||Mar 3|
|St. Joe, Parthenon, Big Flat, AR||Tornado||Mar 3-10|
|Dekalb, TX||Fire||Mar 7|
|Oak Grover, MO||Tornado||Mar 7-9|
|Marys Home, MO||Tornado||Mar 8|
|Dorchester, WI||Tornado||Mar 9|
|Decaturville, TN||Tornado||Mar 30-31|
|Leesburg, OH||Tornado||Mar 23|
|Ellaville, GA||Tornado||April 5-7|
|Hasty, AR||Tornado||April 5|
|Marshallville, GA||Tornado||April 27-28|
|Harrison, AR||Flood||May 2-3|
|Eustace, TX||Tornado||May 1-5|
|Kilmichael, MS||Tornado||May 5|
|Thomasville, MO||Flood||May 4-18|
|Van Buren, MO||Flood||May 11-27|
|Charles City, IA||Wind||May 16-17|
|Salem, IN||Flood||May 22|
|Chetek, WI||Tornado||May 26|
|Gleason, WI||Tornado||June 12|
|Beldenville, WI||Tornado||June 30-July 1|
|Midland, MI||Flood||July 3-8|
|Mason City, IA||Wind||July 15|
|Pearl City, IL||Flood||July 25-26|
|Findlay, OH||Flood||July 18 & 25|
|Riceville, IA||Wind||July 20 & 25|
|Freeport, IL||Flood||Aug 1-4|
|Alta Vista, IA||Wind||Aug 10|
|Texas Hurriane Harvey||Hurricane||Sept 4-Oct 27|
|California||Wild Fire||June 29-Sept 9|
|Florida Hurricane Irma||Hurricane||Sept 14-27|
|Galion, OH||Tornado||Nov 7-8|
|Portland, IN||Tornado||Nov 11|
Updates from the field
“This is a major storm and we are rolling our resources south.” says Paul Weaver, Director of our Disaster Response Services program. “It is fast moving and the main damage will be high winds and storm surge.” CAM’s Rapid Response teams are prepared to move in immediately after the storm.read more
Hurricane Michael roared ashore on Florida’s panhandle as a category 4 storm. In the final hours before landfall on October 10, the hurricane rapidly intensified. The catastrophic storm caught many by surprise. Winds of up to 155 mph obliterated houses, ripped off roofs, splintered trees, smashed power lines, and left homeowners reeling in the aftermath. In some places, entire blocks were nearly wiped out.read more
Florence cleanup underway in the Carolinas Monday, October 3, 8:03AM Floodwaters have gone down in most areas and Rapid Response volunteers are cleaning up flood-damaged homes at the following locations. Trenton, North Carolina: A Rapid Response base has been setup in...read more
Notes from our mailbox
I went back to see the damage to my home and saw that everything that was on the floor…was ruined and getting moldy. I didn’t know where to start or what to do, then a man named John Beiler came to my door and told me of Christian Aid Ministries. I just cried with relief.
Words simply cannot express my gratitude…You literally saved my home. There is no way I could have gotten through this without your help, emotionally or physically. You are a God-send and I think you are really angels.
You all ministered in more ways than just cutting tree limbs and dragging them to the street. All of you were such a great testimony to all my family.
We can never thank you enough for helping us through a difficult time in Clendenin, West Virginia. The wonderful team. . . worked so hard and prayed with us before leaving. . . We will always be grateful.
How can you help?
If you wish to help fund rebuilding and cleanup projects, please use the contribution form below.
Disaster Response Services/Rapid Response
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