Church Response Assets

New Jersey Water Crisis

Officials of Newark, New Jersey, recently ordered more than 15,000 residents to drink only bottled water due to high levels of lead in the drinking water. This contaminated water has affected tens of thousands of residents in the West and South Wards and parts of the Central and North Wards of Newark.

Talking Points

  • Convoy sent four truckloads of water to Newark city officials to distribute.
  • In addition, we have six additional trucks scheduled to deliver to local churches and city officials next week.
  • Please direct media requests to Public Relations Director Jessica Blake at (417) 851-4645 or jblake@convoyofhope.org.
  • Updated 08/16/19

Myanmar Flooding

Monsoon rains and overflowing rivers have triggered seasonal floods in eight states and regions. An estimated 78,000 people have been displaced.

Myanmar Flooding

Talking Points

  • Convoy is working with partners in Myanmar to begin distribution of supplies by the end of next week.
  • Distributions will take place in two locations. One will focus on food relief, and the other will focus on seed distribution.
  • Please direct media requests to Public Relations Director Jessica Blake at (417) 851-4645 or jblake@convoyofhope.org.
  • Updated 08/16/19

India Flooding Response

Monsoon rains have caused catastrophic flooding in areas of India and Southeast Asia. In Mumbai, parts of the state received more than 11 days worth of monsoon rain in just one hour. The flooding situation across the nation has had far-reaching impact, with 10.4 million people displaced, 209 fatalities, 250,000 people living in relief camps, and tens of thousands of acres of crops destroyed.

India Flooding

Talking Points

  • Convoy of Hope and its partners in India are responding to catastrophic flooding caused by torrential monsoon rainfall.
  • Convoy of Hope is providing family food packs, hot meals, water, and some basic medical assistance to those who have been seriously affected by the flooding.
  • Relief supplies have been distributed in Badlapur, Miraj, and Sangli.
  • Water filtration units have been delivered to Mumbai and Sangli.
  • Convoy has served 750 families with family food kits.
  • To follow Convoy’s response, visit our blog post regarding the flooding in India.
  • Please direct media requests to Public Relations Director Jessica Blake at (417) 851-4645 or jblake@convoyofhope.org.
  • Updated 08/16/19

Border Response

Convoy of Hope continues to provide relief supplies to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Border Response

Talking Points

  • Four more trucks were sent to the border this week, bringing the total number of loads sent to 12.
  • More than 360,000 pounds of disaster relief supplies (worth more than $981,000) have been sent so far.
  • Convoy is providing food, water, hygiene kits, baby items, socks, and shoes to the region.
  • Please direct media requests to Public Relations Director Jessica Blake at (417) 851-4645 or jblake@convoyofhope.org.
  • Updated 08/16/19

Mississippi Flooding

Some areas along the Mississippi River near Vicksburg, Mississippi, were under water for four months. The water has finally receded, allowing officials and residents to finally assess the situation accurately.

Mississippi Flooding

Talking Points

  • Convoy of Hope, in coordination with city officials, deployed a Disaster Services team this week to distribute a truckload of relief supplies.
  • Updated 08/16/19

Spring Storm Outbreak Response Update

Since May 23, Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team has served 54 communities across five states. These communities have been affected by tornadoes, flooding or water systems that have been compromised due to flooding. In every response, Convoy of Hope worked with local churches for distribution and outreach.

Talking Points

  • We have sent loads of disaster relief supplies to multiple locations in Arkansas and Missouri due to flooding across both states.
  • Convoy of Hope has served more than 102,200 individuals in Missouri, Oklahoma, Ohio, Kansas and Arkansas in response to six different disasters.
  • Convoy has sent 65 loads of more than 1.5 million pounds of disaster relief supplies to the five states affected by the recent disasters.
  • Convoy of Hope has engaged more than 860 volunteers in communities to help respond to those who need help and hope in a time of great need. 
  • Convoy’s connection to the local church during each response was key to helping Convoy of Hope make an impact on people’s lives during a great time of need.

Kansas Tornado

The National Weather Service released its final damage survey and determined that the tornado that hit Linwood, KS on Tuesday was an EF4 storm.

Kansas Tornado

Talking Points

  • Convoy of Hope sent a box truck of product today to a partner in Lenexa, KS that will be distributing to Linwood, Kansas, where there were about 30-40 homes damaged by the tornado that hit the area last night.
  • Please direct media requests to Public Relations Director Jessica Blake at (417) 851-4645 or jblake@convoyofhope.org.
  • Click here to donate to our response.

Ohio Tornado

A large and destructive tornado touched down in the Dayton, Ohio, area last night. One person was killed, and more than 130 were injured. The National Weather Service said several tornadoes touched down overnight, causing mass power outages across the state and extensive damage to homes and business.

Ohio Tornado

Talking Points

  • Convoy of Hope Disaster Services sent 12 tractor trailers full of relief supplies.
  • More than 435,000 pounds of disaster relief supplies have been distributed to individuals and neighborhoods affected by the tornadoes.
  • To follow Convoy’s response, visit convoyofhope.org.
  • Please direct media requests to Public Relations Director Jessica Blake at (417) 851-4645 or jblake@convoyofhope.org.
  • Click here to donate to our response.

Missouri Tornadoes

Convoy of Hope’s U.S. Disaster Services team responded to the outbreak of tornadoes that struck Missouri.

Missouri Tornadoes

Talking Points

  • Convoy of Hope continues to coordinate our response with state and local emergency management officials in Missouri.
  • Convoy of Hope deployed two assessment teams Thursday morning after the storms to survey the tornado damage in Golden City and Carl Junction, Missouri.
  • Convoy distributed relief supplies like water, food, bug spray, plastic totes, and clean-up supplies.
  • Convoy sent personnel to the Missouri Emergency Management Center in Jefferson City to assess potential needs there.
  • On Friday, our Disaster Services teams — along with partners in both cities — distributed supplies in Eldon and Jefferson City.
  • On Sunday, another load of relief supplies were sent to Jefferson City to help those who were affected by the storms.
  • Disaster Services teams and Hands of Hope volunteers bagged more than 1,000 bags of groceries to be distributed in Hartville, Missouri, in response to a tornado that touched down in the area earlier this week. On Saturday, we delivered the food to Life360 Church to be distributed over the weekend and into next weekend.
  • On Monday, at the request of Missouri State Emergency Management, we sent water to the City of Lexington, Missouri, due to a water main break caused by the flooding. Lexington is located about 30 miles east of Kansas City.
  • To follow Convoy’s response, visit our blog post or convoyofhope.org.
  • Please direct media requests to Public Relations Director Jessica Blake at (417) 851-4645 or jblake@convoyofhope.org.
  • Click here to donate to our response.

Update Videos

Spring Storm Response Update #1

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Oklahoma Flooding

Due to the massive amount of rainfall in northeast Oklahoma this week, Lake Keystone — which is part of the Arkansas River system — is releasing massive amounts of water downstream. This has caused record flooding in multiple communities, including Tulsa, Jenks, Bixby, and Muskogee. Rain continues to fall, and the river is projected to keep rising at least through Sunday.

Oklahoma Flooding

Talking Points

  • Convoy continues monitoring the flooding in Oklahoma and is in contact with multiple partners in the Tulsa area, as well as Oklahoma State Emergency Management.
  • Convoy of Hope has begun resourcing partners in the Tulsa area and pre-loaded two tractor trailers with clean-up supplies on Friday.
  • Convoy sent one of our pre-loaded tractor trailers to Victory Church on Saturday and a load of water to a local Tulsa partner who will distribute the water to churches in the surrounding communities affected by the flooding.
  • Monday, a truck load of disaster relief supplies was deployed to Skiatook, Oklahoma. Life.Church will help distribute food, baby supplies, and cleaning supplies to residents in the area.
  • A Disaster Services team deployed Tuesday morning with supplies and equipment to help resource the Tulsa Dream Center to serve the entire region through church hubs around the area. Convoy will work from this location for several days to distribute supplies to the affected areas as needed.
  • We are working with Oklahoma Emergency Management, the Oklahoma VOAD and our extensive church network to distribute relief supplies to the affected areas.
  • To follow Convoy’s response, visit convoyofhope.org.
  • Please direct media requests to Public Relations Director Jessica Blake at (417) 851-4645 or jblake@convoyofhope.org.
  • Click here to donate to our response.

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Tropical Cyclone Kenneth

Convoy of Hope deployed a team to Mozambique for the second time in six weeks. The powerful Tropical Cyclone Kenneth made landfall the week of April 21 with winds near 140 mph — equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane. Kenneth was expected to produce more than 3 feet of rain and cause catastrophic, life-threatening flooding. Shelter and food security are major issues following this disaster. Cyclone Kenneth is the first tropical cyclone with the equivalent hurricane strength to strike this region of Mozambique since modern record keeping (60 years).

Tropical Cyclone Kenneth

Talking Points

  • Convoy of Hope and our network of partners throughout Mozambique rapidly organized a response.
  • Convoy of Hope purchased rice, beans, corn flour, salt, oil, soap, and charcoal for distribution. These items were bagged to create family kits. These relief kits were distributed to vulnerable families beginning May 1.
  • Over the weekend, the team purchased and delivered food and non-food items — including pieces of tin
    roof, bags of cement, bars of soap, and more to the two church shelters they visited earlier in the week. Thanks to these churches 1,000 people have access to temporary shelter.
  • Convoy of Hope plans on purchasing an additional 21,000 pounds of food to be distributed in impacted communities north of Pemba.
  • More than 186,000 meals have been distributed, to date. 
  • Convoy is still responding to the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai. To date, Convoy has served more than 26,000 individuals and has distributed more than 400,000 meals in communities in Mozambique and Malawi.
  • To follow Convoy’s response, visit our blog post regarding Cyclone Kenneth or convoyofhope.org.
  • Please direct media requests to Public Relations Director Jessica Blake at (417) 851-4645 or jblake@convoyofhope.org.
  • Click here to donate to our response.

Update Videos

Cyclone Kenneth Response Field Update #3

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Cyclone Kenneth Response Field Update #1 – Partner Update

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Tropical Cyclone Idai

Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall near Beira, Mozambique, last week as a Category 3 storm. With wind gusts up to 125 mph and a storm surge of 9 to 16 feet, the cyclone dumped massive amounts of rain as it moved inland and pummeled the neighboring countries of Malawi and Zimbabwe. Convoy of Hope staff and partners across South East Africa are tirelessly working to bring relief to those devastated by Cyclone Idai. Alongside our local partners, Convoy of Hope staff have distributed food, water filtration systems, hygiene items, solar lamps, and seeds to replant crops throughout many of the affected regions in southern Malawi. 

Tropical Cyclone Idai

 

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Cyclone Idai Response Field Update #5 – Relief supplies airlifted to stranded survivors

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Cyclone Idai Response Field Update #4 – Mozambique Distribution

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Cyclone Idai Response Field Update #3 – Distribution

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Cyclone Idai Response Field Update #2 – Preparing for distribution

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Cyclone Idai Response Partner Report #1

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Cyclone Idai Response Field Update #1 – Arrival in Malawi

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Talking Points

  • According to the government of Mozambique, 600,000 people have been affected and more than 1,000 people may have lost their lives. In Southern Malawi, 85,000 people have been displaced, thousands of homes have been destroyed, and storm survivors lack access to clean water.
  • Several sources have reported nearly 90 percent of Beira, a city of 500,000, has been damaged or destroyed.
  • Convoy of Hope staff have distributed food, water filtration systems, hygiene items, solar lamps, and seeds to replant crops throughout many of the affected regions in southern Malawi.
  • Thus far, more than 405,000 meals have been delivered to more than 26,000 people suffering from the damage caused by Cyclone Idai.
  • 335 water filtration systems have been distributed.
  • Across southeast Africa, communities are struggling to survive. Access to clean water, food, and shelter is a daily struggle for hundreds of thousands of individuals. 
  • Cyclone Idai devastated family farms that were nearing harvest. To help with immediate and long-term needs, Convoy of Hope is distributing food rations and fast-maturing seeds to those affected.
  • Our team is on the ground in Mozambique and is rapidly preparing for a response.
  • To follow Convoy’s response, visit our blog post specific to this response or convoyofhope.org.
  • Click here to donate to our response.

 

 

Midwest Flooding

The Midwest is experiencing historic flooding due to heavy rain, snowmelt, and ice jams in rivers. Communities in Nebraska have been most affected, and some have compromised water systems due to the flooding. The most pressing need continues to be fresh drinking water.

Midwest Flooding Response

Talking Points

  • Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team sent seven truckloads of supplies to Nebraska to help those suffering from the historic flooding occurring throughout the state. Supplies include bottled water, cleanup kits, shovels, rakes, hygiene kits, and socks.
  • Convoy plans to distribute more than 350,000 pounds of bottled water in multiple Nebraskan communities.
  • Convoy is coordinating with partners and emergency management officials to distribute the water.
  • On Monday, Convoy deployed a team of 12 staff and volunteers to begin debris removal and clean-up operations. 
  • To follow Convoy’s response, visit our blog post specific to this response or convoyofhope.org
  • Click here to donate to our response.

Lebanon Snowstorm and Flooding Response

Below you will find an up-to-date package of response assets to help share the great work we are doing together.

Talking Points

  • Convoy of Hope, along with our partners, is responding to a winter weather crisis affecting the Lebanese and Syrian at-risk population.
  • Devastating winter weather is creating a critical situation in Lebanon, with flash flooding, extreme cold, and heavy snowfall.
  • Convoy of Hope is responding to help the Lebanese and Syrian at-risk population by providing fuel for their heaters. Convoy of Hope is also sending relief items, expected to arrive in early April. So far, we have served 1,800 individuals and expect to serve even more in the coming weeks.
  • We have made a long-term commitment to the at-risk Lebanese and Syrian communities. Lebanon is one of our official program countries.
  • Convoy of Hope will continue to meet with partners and assess the situation to further develop their relief response strategy.
  • To follow Convoy’s response, visit our blog post specific to this response or convoyofhope.org
  • Click here to donate to our response.

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Camp Wildfire Response

Below you will find an up-to-date package of response assets to help share the great work we are doing together.

 

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Camp Wildfire Response

Talking Points

  • The Camp Wildfire is the deadliest in California’s history. It has burned more than 140,000 acres and destroyed 10,321 structures.
  • As of November 21, 79 lives have been claimed by the fire. The number of deaths is expected to increase as authorities continue to search for the more than 800 people who are unaccounted for.
  • Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team began sending supplies to Chico, California Friday, November 9.
  • Convoy of Hope has shipped more than 300,000 pounds of product to California and has served more than 16,000 individuals.
  • Convoy already had product in California from our response to the Redding Fire earlier this year. Our partners in the area were able to have immediate access to bottled water and cots for distribution.
  • Supplies include food, water, blankets, hygiene items, cleaning supplies, masks, blankets and cots.
  • Relief supplies are being distributed to individuals, churches, shelters and government officials.
  • Please direct media requests to Public Relations Director Jessica Blake at 417-851-4645 or jblake@convoyofhope.org.
  • Be sure to follow our response here
  • To support our response, you can donate online here

 

 

Hurricane Michael Response

Hurricane Michael Response

Talking Points

Convoy continues to resource areas in Florida hit by Hurricane Michael, which made landfall 10 months ago. The storm impacted poor communities in Florida, causing the need for continued resourcing. Many homeowners who tarped their roofs after the storm need new tarps to replace the original ones that are getting worn and damaged. Many individuals don’t have insurance or the resources to properly fix the roofs.

  • Convoy continues to work with churches and other partners to distribute disaster relief supplies, such as food, water, tarps, cleaning supplies, diapers, and wipes. We’ve sent two truckloads of supplies over the past two weeks. *Updated 8/16/19
  • Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 storm just after noon on Wednesday, October 10 with 155 MPH winds.
  • Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services Team is distributing relief supplies in Marianna, Florida and other nearby communities.
  • More than 147,000 people affected by Hurricane Michael have been served by Convoy of Hope in the Florida Panhandle.
  • We are distributing product at the POD site at Rivertown Community Church.
  • We have received more than 4.4 million pounds of product to support our point of distribution (POD) site and our mobile distribution efforts that serve communities across the affected area.
  • Our team has delivered disaster relief products and supplies to 75 communities through mobile distribution.
  • An important part of every Convoy disaster strategy is responding to the rural and outlying areas affected. Our team continues to deliver supplies and resources to churches, who then distribute them to rural communities.
  • We could not do this work without the volunteers, churches and partner organizations who work right alongside us. More than 1,300 volunteers have given nearly 8,434 hours of their time to provide help and hope to hurricane survivors.
  • Please direct media requests to Public Relations Director Jessica Blake at 417-851-4645 or jblake@convoyofhope.org.

 

Update Videos

Church Update #2 With Hal Donaldson

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Response Update #10

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