Disaster Response

Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) Training Sessions

Interested in helping out when disaster strikes? If so, think about attending a Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) training session. For questions about any of these events, contact Kansas District Disaster Repsonse Coordinator Donna Williams at ksddrc@gmail.com.

Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29
Attend the 3-hour session on Friday to earn a “Chainsaw Team Member certificate; complete an additional 3 hours of hands-on training Saturday to be certified as a “Chainsaw Operator.”
Trinity Lutheran Church, Winfield, KS (Friday night)
K&W Farm, Rural Dexter, KS (Saturday)
Registration Form (Updated with NEW information 8.20.18)

From Donna Williams on rescheduling: I will keep a list of those who have expressed interest in this event and will contact you directly when we have a new date. If you would like to be added to that list, please let me know.

Eureka, KS Tornado Cleanup


LERT Kansas District Facebook Page

At last count 170 homes were affected with 12 completely destroyed. There will be ongoing recovery efforts for some time. Watch the LERT Kansas District Facebook page for further developments and information.

Kansas District Disaster Fund

The Kansas District Disaster Fund is used to respond to natural and manmade disasters as directed by the Board of Caring Ministry. District disaster funds are used to provide the following services:

  • Congregational preparedness and Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) training
  • Building relationships with other disaster partners
  • Emergency, relief and development grants
  • Pastoral care for LCMS church workers and members who have been involved in a disaster
  • Resources (volunteer coordination, donation and equipment management)

We thank you for your support of the Kansas District Fund. If you wish to make a contribution to assist in our various disaster ministries, please make your check payable to LCMS Kansas District, write Kansas Disaster Fund in the memo, and send to:

LCMS Kansas District
1000 SW 10th Ave.
Topeka, KS 66604

Disaster Response and Ministry with Comfort Dogs

The goal of the Kansas District Ministry with Comfort Dogs is to bring the mercy and compassion of Jesus Christ to those in need. A comfort dog team can open the ears of those in distress to hear the Gospel.

Following a disaster within the LCMS Kansas District, comfort dogs and their handlers may be deployed at the request of the District Disaster Response Coordinator. LCMS Kansas District disaster response funds will assist with travel expenses incurred by the handler(s) when deployed in these situations.

Other requests for comfort dogs might arise in response to a critical incident within a congregation. A critical incident is any incident or sequence of events which overwhelms or significantly strains the normal coping mechanisms of the congregation or school. We only respond if invited and work with local churches to meet specific ministry needs for their congregation and community. The local congregation is responsible for travel expenses incurred by the handler(s) in response to all other critical incidents outside of disaster response. These visits may be initiated directly with Carolyn Buono at buonocw@cox.net.

For more details, see our Request for the Services of Comfort Dogs information sheet.

Kansas District Disaster Response Coordinator

Donna Williams
Zion Lutheran, Newton, KS