The Church responds to Hurricane Irma

Churchwide Response

The Episcopal Church

Episcopal Relief and Development

Diocese of the Virgin Islands (Province 2 of TEC)


Diocese of Haiti (Province 2 of TEC)

  • ERD: In Haiti, extensive damage to roads, homes and agriculture threaten the island’s economy as damage is being assessed there as well as in the Dominican Republic and the US Virgin Islands.  9/14
  • Diocesan website

Diocese of Puerto Rico (Province 9 of TEC)

Diocese of Southeast Florida (Miami, Keys)

Diocese of  Southwest Florida (Marco Island, St. Petersburg)

Diocese of  Central Florida (Orlando)

Diocese of Florida (Jacksonville)

Diocese of South Carolina

Diocese of  Georgia (Savannah)

Diocese of  Atlanta







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Photo by Johannes Webb of Warner Robins, Ga.,September 10,2017- Members of FEMA Task Force 1 teams from Tennessee, Virginia, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Maryland rest in the staging area at Robins Air Force Base before they assist with search and rescue efforts related to Hurricane Irma.

On the Occasion of a Disaster

Compassionate God… Draw near to us in this time of sorrow and anguish, comfort those who mourn, strengthen those who are weary, encourage those in despair, and lead us all to fullness of life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
— Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (Church Publishing: New York), page 733

A Prayer for First Responders

Blessed are you, Lord, God of mercy, who through your Son gave us a marvelous example of charity and the great commandment of love for one another. Send down your blessings on these your servants, who so generously devote themselves to helping others. Grant them courage when they are afraid, wisdom when they must make quick decisions, strength when they are weary, and compassion in all their work. When the alarm sounds and they are called to aid both friend and stranger, let them faithfully serve you in their neighbor. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. — Adapted from the Book of Blessings, #587, by Diana Macalintal

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