2021 Disaster Preparedness and Recovery
Houston Responds Disaster Response
It’s hurricane season again, and it is projected to be another busy season. If you are interested in becoming a part of our FPC disaster response team, please email our FPC Houston Responds disaster coordinator, Steve Winstead.
Disaster Response Updates & Ways to Help
Our hearts go out to our neighbors in Louisiana after experiencing the horrific impact of Cat 4 Hurricane Ida. The storm has left great destruction, flooding, and heartache for so many in southern Louisiana. We were in communication with friends in the area including FPC Baton Rouge before the storm, and wait to hear from them on their status and needs.
Pray for those who are still in danger and who have endured the trauma of the storm, for first responders, and ministries/ NGO’s arriving to help.
Pray for those who are still in danger and who have endured the trauma of the storm, for first responders, and ministries/ NGO’s arriving to help. FPC is blessed to have local partners who are ready and organized to respond in relief and recovery for those areas impacted. The Salvation Army has been a long-standing FPC partner for disaster response. They were poised to move immediately to assist and provide water, food, as soon as the storm passed. If you would like to learn more or contribute to their efforts, click on the link below
Attack Poverty, a priority mission partner of FPC, is asking partners here in the greater Houston Areas to collect donations (financial and/or from the list below) and they will transport them to Louisiana. If you would like to donate items for our neighbors in Louisiana, drop-off bins will be in the Welcome Center here at FPC.
Houston REsponds Central Coalition
FPC is a founding member of the Houston Responds Central Coalition. Houston Responds is a coalition of churches in the Houston area that respond to natural disasters and community crises. Click on the link below for an excellent list of resources provided by Houston Responds and find ways to volunteer. Houston Responds has created an asset map of local (Louisiana) churches, drop-off locations, volunteer opportunities, food distribution sites, etc. that they are updating as new information comes in. Click HERE to view the asset map.
The biggest need currently is food distribution; volunteers needed to help (primarily local but they’ll take volunteers from Houston too!). If this is something you are interested in, please email Steve Winstead at email@example.com.
Samaritan's Purse has two Disaster Relief Units prepositioned to head into Louisiana as soon as it is safe to go. One deployed from our North Carolina headquarters before the storm even hit; the other is mobilized in Texas. For more information or to give directly, click on the link below.
Donations can be directed to the Salvation Army, Attack Poverty, or Houston Responds. To donate directly to FPC, please select the "Disaster Assistance" option online. For those who would like to send a check, please write "Disaster Assistance" in the memo.
We will provide updates on recovery efforts as received. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Mary-Floye Federer. Again, please keep everyone that has been impacted by the devastating storm in your thoughts and prayers.
Haitians have suffered so greatly over the years, and recently with Covid, the assassination of their president, and now the devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the southwestern part of the country. FPC was actively engaged in Haiti for many years with Haitian Christian Outreach (HCO). Having worked with them after the 2010 earthquake, FPC again is coming alongside HCO as they are currently responding to the great need of their neighbors to the west in Les Caves, Jeremie, and other communities following the earthquake. Food, water, shelter/tents, and medical care are needs that they are working to provide. Their Community Hospital in Peredo (which FPC helped fund and where several FPC medical teams have served) is equipped and being prepared with medications and supplies to treat patients from the devastated areas. HCO's local pastors and medical professionals have packaged and distributed meals and are prepared to feed those coming to the hospital. HCO is organizing a team of medical professionals to enter the country in the next few weeks in order to relieve the first responders and provide orthopedic care at the hospital.
See more information about Haitian Christian Outreach’s earthquake response on the Haitian Christian Outreach Facebook page and on their blog which is linked on the Haitian Christian Outreach website. To donate a gift directly to Haiti Christian Outreach, click on the link below.
Samaritan’s Purse is also responding to the great needs in Haiti. Gifts can be made directly on the Samaritan's Purse website.
FPC is responding through prayer, promoting volunteer opportunities, and directing support to those we are in a relationship with and who we know and trust. We will be updating this page as more details and updates are received.
Contact Mary-Floye Federer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713.620.6485 if you have any questions.
Responding in a Time of Crisis: AFGHANISTAN
Would you like to assist those in Afghanistan? Click on the link below for details on opportunities available through FPC and our partners.