Church Response Assets

General Updates

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Tropical Storm Imelda

Tropical Storm Imelda has flooded southeast Texas over the last couple of days. Rain totals are nearly 4 feet in some areas — which is eerily similar to the flooding caused in 2017 by Hurricane Harvey. The storm is finally moving out of the area, which will allow relief to start flowing into the affected areas.

  • Convoy of Hope has served more than 29,800 individuals in nine cities in southeast Texas. 
  • We have distributed more than 570,000 pounds of disaster relief supplies worth nearly $375,000. 
  • We have partnered with nine churches and organizations. 
  • We have engaged more than 200 volunteers who have worked more than 1,100 hours to serve communities affected by Tropical Storm Imelda.
  • Convoy of Hope will begin debris removal and will begin helping residents clean out homes in the coming days.

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Hurricane Dorian

Dorian was unpredictable from the start, defying forecaster’s ability to track it accurately. It officially became a hurricane on August 28 near St. Thomas Island in the British Virgin Islands. After skirting past Puerto Rico and morphing into a powerful Category 5 hurricane, it slammed into the Bahamas, spun up the U.S. East Coast, and finally  hit parts of Canada as a Category 1 storm.

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International Response – Bahamas

  • Convoy has distributed more than 1,000,000 pounds of disaster relief supplies, including food, hygiene items, cleaning supplies, and more. 
  • Convoy has served 7,200 families and more than 24,500 individuals in 12 communities, spanning six islands. 
  • Containers continue to be shipped and delivered to our network of more than 50 churches for distribution.
  • Convoy of Hope is also providing continued support from our warehouse in Florida. By having a constant flow of accessible product in close proximity, Convoy of Hope is maximizing every load we send to the Bahamas. 
  • The IDS team continues to connect with pastors and partners across the islands to assess the needs of the impacted communities, establish distribution schedules, and determine which churches have the capacity to receive and distribute full containers of product.
  • Convoy has partnered with 32 churches, organizations, and operational partners to help those affected by Hurricane Dorian. 
  • The IDS team continues to converse with local leadership and partners about long-term response plans. Options being explored include agricultural training for farmers and strategic-feeding opportunities. 
  • Local church engagement is strong. Disaster relief products are being distributed door to door in the affected neighborhoods by church partners. Many of the churches are reporting new visitors due to the churches being the center of much of the distribution of supplies.
  • Our team continues to interface with organizations and church partners in Nassau who are servicing shelters. Containers have arrived and will be distributed to evacuees in homes and shelters. 
  • Baby care kits are an immediate need. If your church would like more information on how to help in this area, click here.

U.S. Response

  • USDS delivered five truckloads of resources to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. 
  • The emergency manager of Ocracoke Island secured warehouse space to store the resources for distribution. Local officials and churches will coordinate distribution moving forward, as our team has departed North Carolina. 
  • The USDS team continues to support the IDS team with staff in the Bahamas as well as in Florida. Rotation of personnel will continue for the foreseeable future.
  • Please direct media requests to Public Relations Director Jessica Blake at (417) 851-4645 or [email protected].
  • Updated 10/22/19

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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.

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  • Convoy has sent 15 truckloads of water to Newark city officials and local churches to distribute. An additional 25 loads of water are scheduled for delivery over the next few weeks.
  • Please direct media requests to Public Relations Director Jessica Blake at (417) 851-4645 or [email protected].
  • Updated 09/04/19

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 [email protected].
  • 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 [email protected].
  • 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 [email protected].
  • 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.

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 [email protected]
  • 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 [email protected]
  • Click here to donate to our response.

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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 [email protected]
  • 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 [email protected].
  • Click here to donate to our response.

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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.
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