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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. These 6-hour sessions will equip you to be an effective volunteer in times of need. Participants who complete the training will receive volunteer credentialing issued by LCMS Disaster Response. Please note that registrations are due two weeks prior to the event.

Check back here for upcoming LERT training events in 2018.

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 Kansas District LCMS, write Kansas Disaster Fund in the memo, and send to:

Kansas District LCMS
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
ksddrc@gmail.com