Oregon Synod Be Prepared Network
Oregon Synod Disaster Preparedness and Response Initiatives
As Lutherans, part of our calling to love and serve our neighbor is to be ready to help when disaster strikes. As individuals, families, and congregations, we need to be ready to survive and help as we can during critical hours and days or weeks following a disaster and also as recovery stretches over a longer term for those heavily impacted people and communities. There is much we can do together to be ready to respond!
In partnership with Lutheran Disaster Response and our state and local partners, the Oregon Synod is actively engaged in helping congregations be ready to respond in times of disaster, whether they be storms, flooding, landslides, power grid failure and other emergencies, including the long-projected catastrophic Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake and Tsunami that will impact the lives of all Oregonians.
Please join us in taking steps to be ready to survive, serve, and thrive together as families, congregations, and communities! To contact the Oregon Disaster Preparedness and Response Planning Team, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Jan Wierima at (503) 318-8145.
Oregon WIldfires September 2020
NBC News’ Jacob Ward details the destruction left behind by dozens of wildfires across Oregon as the West Coast continues to undergo massive fires spread throughout the region. Wildfires have been getting more frequent and more fierce throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Climate change with without a doubt one driving factor.
Disaster 101 & Oregon Wildfires
A basic Disaster Preparation training done with Oregon Synod congregations October 12, 2020.
Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake
Steven Eberlein works for the American Red Cross Cascades Region — encouraging people to prepare for disasters, especially earthquakes. This 11 minute video is well worth your time. Learn about the expected Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake threat and what you can do about it.
The Great Quake and the Great Drowning Devotion
A devotion focusing on Native American stories of the last Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake. Used for an Oregon Synod training event September 19, 2020.
A Team Effort
It takes everybody to help out in times of disaster. It takes churches, local businesses, non-profits, state and federal assistance, county emergency manages and so many more. Lutherans are present through local congregations, camps and food banks. We volunteer with the Red Cross, United Way or train to be case workers and advocates. Those with gifts of prayer and presence may visit or sit with those experiencing loss. And we give not only of our time and treasures, but with the sweat of our brow – like we all do.
Lutheran Disaster Response is staying in close communication around the needs created by the Umatilla Flooding. They are present through representation on the Oregon VOAD. They are present through Lutheran Community Services Northwest. They are on the phone with local leadership twice a month and when the time is right, if there is a need, they are able to bring further financial and training resources to bear.
If you have questions about Lutheran involvement and present for those in Umatilla County and beyond please feel free to contact us.