Disaster Response

"Let us never weary of doing good." (Gal. 6:9-10)

Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) Events

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

ON THE CALENDAR:

March 16, 2024: Chainsaw Safety & Operations
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: King of Kings Lutheran Church (306 E. Madison Gardner, KS 66030)
Registration: $30 (send to: King of Kings Lutheran Church, Attn: Mark Trivilino or Dale Melancon, 306 E. Madison, Gardner, KS 66030)
Register at: lcms-lert.org (Registration deadline: March 12, 2024)

Contact: Brian Mead, brian.t.mead2@gmail.com
 
Participants are required to have completed the Basic LERT training course. In addition, each participant is required to bring their own PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) … chaps, helmet, ear protection, eye protection, gloves and steel toe boots/shoes.

March 21, 2024: Severe Weather Awareness with KCTV5 meteorologist Warren Sears
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. (please arrive by 6:45 p.m.)
Location: Johnson County Firehouse – District 1 (33364 W. 191st St., Edgerton, KS 66201)
Registration: FREE to LERT and CERT members only
Register at: lcms-lert.org 
Contact: Mark Trivilino, tma41@yahoo.com 

April 7, 2024: Community Outreach Cookout
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: King of Kings Lutheran Church (306 E. Madison Gardner, KS 66030)
Register at: lcms-lert.org
Contact: Mark Trivilino, tma41@yahoo.com 

April 13, 2024: Basic LERT Training
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Lord of Life Lutheran Church (3105 W. 135th St., Leawood, KS 66224)
Registration: $35 (send to: Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Attn: Josh Keithly LERT, 3105 W. 135th St., Leawood, KS 66224)
Register at: lcms-lert.org 
Contact: Mark Trivilino, tma41@yahoo.com or Josh Keithly, josh.lordlife@gmail.com 

April 18, 2024: Red Cross Readiness “Shelter Set-Up After a Disaster 101”
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. (please arrive by 6:45 p.m.)
Location: Johnson County Firehouse – District 1 (33364 W. 191st St., Edgerton, KS 66201)
Registration: FREE to LERT and CERT members only
Register at: lcms-lert.org 
Contact: Mark Trivilino, tma41@yahoo.com

If you have questions and/or would like to schedule a visit (new or established teams) or inquire about scheduling or attending a LERT Basic Training or Basic Chainsaw Safety class, please contact your Kansas District Disaster Response Coordinator Donna Williams, ksddrc@gmail.com. Also check out our Facebook pages (LERT Kansas District & Lutheran Early Response Team – Northeast KS) for current information and updates.

Flood Relief

 

Several groups have recently participated in flood bucket projects in the Kansas District, which has enabled us to respond quickly in disaster situations and prepare to meet future needs. (A good supply of buckets remains on hand in the District Office; thank you to everyone who has contributed!) If you’d like more information on assembling flood buckets, click the link below for instructions and a supply list. 

LCMS FLOOD BUCKETS GUIDE

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’d like to make a contribution to assist with our various disaster ministries, you can donate online or send a check payable to LCMS Kansas District with Kansas Disaster Fund in the memo line to:

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

LCEF can help, too!

Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) has a Disaster Assistance Program available for eligible LCMS ministries and rostered church workers in natural disaster areas. The program provides assistance in the form of loans (new or adjustment of existing LCEF loans) and/or facility redesign, repair and construction.

To learn more, visit the LCEF Disaster Assistance Program page or call 800-843-5233.

Disaster Response and Ministry with Comfort Dogs

The Kansas District maintains a relationship with various comfort dog agencies to help in responding to disasters and critical incidents. Comfort dogs are useful in breaking down barriers and building bridges to those suffering from the trauma of living in a world corrupted by sin and the resulting critical incidents and disasters. Trained Comfort Dog teams are available to be deployed due to disaster or critical incident at the discretion of the District Disaster Response Coordinator (DDRC). The DDRC will determine the closest or best suited comfort dogs to be deployed to the location of need. The Kansas District has funds to cover the cost of Disaster Response deployments for that are directed and approved by the DDRC. 

Don’t wait for a disaster! Comfort Dog teams love to visit schools, preschools, churches and other groups. These visits are good training for the comfort dogs and their handlers. While the expenses for such visits are not covered by the District, we encourage you to invite them for a visit. They are always willing to work with you regarding related expenses. Two of these agencies are listed below:

Kansas Lutheran Comfort K9 Ministry 
Carolyn Buono 
Cell Phone 785-633-3678 
buonocw@cox.net 

Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) K-9 Comfort Dogs 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Webpage

Contact for Keren Comfort Dog
Carol Kratzer, jckratzer@yahoo.com
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ellsworth, KS

Since these organizations are completely self-supporting, we ask that you consider how you might continue to support this vital ministry. Please contact them directly if you have questions or would like to contribute. 

Kansas District Disaster Response Coordinator

Donna Williams
Zion Lutheran, Newton, KS
ksddrc@gmail.com

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