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Helping in Oklahoma

As the coordinating agency for Lutheran disaster response and recovery in Missouri, LFCS is closely monitoring the response efforts in Moore, Oklahoma. Oklahoma agencies that are coordinating these efforts are strongly asking that volunteers not travel to the area or send material donations unless you have specifically been requested to do so. Unsolicited volunteers and donations will cause greater confusion and hamper recovery efforts. At this time the greatest need is for financial gifts directed towards those reputable agencies supporting the recovery efforts. LFCS encourages your gifts to be sent to our two Lutheran denominational response agencies:

Lutheran Disaster Response
and LCMS Disaster Response.

Please continue to pray for the survivors and the rescue and recovery workers as they work to rebuild their lives and community.

Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri contracts with “Provider Agencies” to implement the federally funded Missouri Disaster Case Management Program

April 2, 2012 -
Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri (LFCS), the “management agency” for the Missouri Disaster Case Management Program (MoDCMP), has contracted with four “Provider Agencies” – American Red Cross Greater Ozarks Chapter, serving survivors in Southwest and South Central Missouri; Catholic Charities Community Services of St. Louis, serving St. Louis City and St. Louis County; Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri, serving Southwest and Southeast Missouri; and The Salvation Army Midland Division, serving Southwest Missouri – to deliver disaster case management services to assist Missouri residents affected by severe storms and tornadoes that occurred in 2011. The MoDCMP will assist survivors in 25 disaster affected counties that were approved for FEMA Individual Assistance under federal disaster declaration DR-1980-MO.

Click the following link to read the media alert for this project:  Media Alert (pdf, 283.54KB)


Missouri faces significant challenges from the natural disasters that occurred in 2011 and early 2012.  Tornados struck St. Louis, Sedalia, Branson, Van Buren and Joplin.  Massive flooding impacted the southeast and northwest areas of the state with some locations being under water four months.  As case management progresses throughout the state, volunteers will be needed to assist in the continuing recovery of our residents.
Most of the opportunities will require experienced and skilled volunteers.  Much of the work will be in home renovation and home construction especially in the Habitat for Humanity model.   There will be demolition work needed in some areas, particularly in northwest Missouri.  Other areas may still be in need of flood clean-up.  Very little debris remains from the tornado activity.  The work available will, for the most part, not be appropriate for youth teams. 
If your group is interested in serving in Missouri contact Duane Moudy, LDR Regional Coordinator, at (314) 422-5520 or

Tornado in Joplin, Missouri

The recent tornado in Joplin, Missouri is now being considered the single most deadly tornado in recorded United States history, with 125 confirmed fatalities and concerns that the number will continue to rise. This tornado flattened a huge area of the city, leaving hundreds homeless.  The physical devastation is still being evaluated.

When disaster such as this strikes,  many of us want to know how we can reach out.  Here is what you can do now to help the victims of this horrible disaster:

Pray for all those affected by this tornado and other disasters. Pray for the first responders putting themselves in harm’s way to help the victims and perform rescue efforts.  Pray for the long-term needs of disaster-affected communities like Joplin that are often forgotten after the initial news coverage is past.

Use established structures for material assistance and volunteer efforts.  While all help is appreciated, the collection of material assistance (clothes and other items) this early following a disaster bogs down the response and recovery efforts. Specifically in Joplin, the storage and distribution systems are still being put in place, so please don't collect items at this time. If you have critical items or services that may be helpful please place them on the National Donations website at then click on Missouri.  This will connect your donation with an agency that can use it.

**Response and recovery agencies are asking people to donate cash to their preferred agency.** You can Donate Here.

Volunteers are hampering the response efforts in Joplin at this time.  Please do not attempt to send a group there now.  There will be plenty of time for volunteer assistance for cleanup and reconstruction in the months ahead.  If you want to be a part of future volunteer efforts, please call United Way 211 (landline) or 1-800-427-4626 on a cell phone.

The following are links to established structures to support the recovery efforts:


  • For Red Cross services and information
    •  Call 1-800-RedCross (1-800-733-2767) 
  • Material Assistance
  • For other resources in the Joplin arrea
    •  211 on a landline 
    • 1-800-427-4626 on a cell phone 
  • For people wanting to volunteer (United Way 211 will help coordinate the volunteer effort):
  • For medical personnel wanting to volunteer in the Joplin area refer to:
  • To connect with family in the area

Give a gift to Lutheran Family and Children's Services -Disaster Response to support in its work with long-term recovery.  We are the coordinating agency for Lutheran Disaster Response in the State of Missouri and represent both the ELCA and LCMS churches.  Financial support is a practical way to help disaster victims, especially when needs are still being evaluated and distribution points have not been set up.  Donate Now.

Storms of 4/22/11

Families throughout much of Missouri continue to recover with recent tornadoes and record setting flooding.  As the coordinating agency for Lutheran Disaster Response, LFCS continues to work with partners throughout the state in meeting the needs of those impacted.  The good news is that federal assistance will now be available for families and businesses in the Missouri counties of Butler, Mississippi, New Madrid, St. Louis, and Taney.  Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated county can begin applying for assistance today by registering online at, by web enabled mobile device at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.

LFCS will be involved in the long term recovery process throughout the state and the financial support necessary to help these people recover will be significant and we need your help.  All disaster related donations will be used exclusively to assist people impacted by Missouri disasters.  Donations should be sent to Lutheran Family and Children’s Services – Disaster Response, 8631 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63124 or DONATE NOW!

If you are interested in volunteering to work in the disaster impacted areas, we strongly suggest that you contact United Way 2-1-1.  However, please be patient as many of the coordinating efforts for volunteers are still being organized by those agencies with that expertise.  There will be plenty of opportunities to participate in the weeks and months ahead.  Also, please do not start collecting things – clothes, food, blankets, etc. – unless you hear of a specific request and know where your items can be taken and appropriately distributed. 

Lutheran Disaster Response is a joint ministry of the ELCA Domestic Disaster Response and the LCMS World Relief and Human Care.

LDR's mission is to:

Offer holistic care from our faith perspective to people impacted by disaster. Centered in spiritual care, we accompany people as they journey through their faith and/or life. We seek to bring help and hope as we address their spiritual, physical, emotional, relational and intellectual needs.


Scene of descrution after a natural disaster Disaster response is best addressed through thorough preparation. There are many online resources available to help you and your family prepare for a disaster, including:

We are also preparing Lutheran congregations to respond to crises. God's Care in Times of Crisis is a program specifically designed to help congregations prepare and respond. LFCS also offers disaster volunteer training that can be brought to your church and community. Contact us at the email address below to receive more information.


LFCS has established a network of regional Lutheran disaster response coordinators throughout Missouri. These regional coordinators work within their local communities to help prepare the public for possible disasters, provide relief following an event, and are fully involved in the long-term recovery following an event.

Disaster response requires the cooperation of numerous public and private organizations. Some of these agencies include State Emergency Management Agency and FEMA as well as the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, and many others


Mother reading a book to children in a tent People of faith often lead communities through their long-term recovery from disaster. To that end one of our primary collaborative groups is the Missouri Interfaith Disaster Recovery Organization (MIDRO). MIDRO works with local long-term recovery committees to coordinate volunteer groups and ensure that resources from the faith communities are used as effectively as possible. For information regarding volunteer opportunities go to

For more information regarding Missouri Lutheran Disaster Response contact us at 314-787-5100 or 866-326-LFCS. You may also send us an e-mail at Disaster Response

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