Lutheran Disaster Response
Lutheran Disaster Response is a response effort that provides immediate and long term relief to the Virgin Islands in times of major disasters. Response support is activated to coordinate relief throughout the Territory, including emergency shelter, counseling, food delivery, and home reconstruction.
The program began in 1989 as a partnership with the National Lutheran Disaster Response program to provide long-term recovery from Hurricane Hugo that caused wide spread damage in the Virgin Islands. Lutheran Disaster Response helped rebuild houses in the years following the storm by coordinating both local and stateside volunteers. In the late 1990’s, the program in St. Croix performed mitigation work on substandard houses for low-income community members with the mission to make them “safe and dry.” Lutheran Disaster Response went inactive in 2005 when the coordinator was reassigned to help with recovery on the mainland following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. However, the program was revitalized in 2007 to focus on training other non-profits in the Virgin Islands for emergency disaster planning and response. Since then, efforts have shifted to major disaster relief support for the Territory.