Disaster Response


Update: April 11, 2019

Donations:  The generosity of the people in and beyond the Nebraska District has been amazing, and we are grateful for your partnership. The Nebraska District office is accepting donations for disaster relief in Nebraska via our secure giving website (eservicespayments). Click here to give now and choose the category Disaster Relief – NE Flooding. Those who prefer to mail checks instead of making a gift by credit card should indicate that the gift is given for “Disaster Relief – NE Flooding” and mail them to:
Nebraska District LCMS
PO Box 407
Seward, NE 68434

What do you need and how can you help?

**Download the Synod and District Disaster Grant Assessment form here.**

We need your help in responding to the people in your communities that have been affected by the recent flooding.  We ask that your congregations and schools take an active role in the response and outreach to those who have been hardest hit. How can you do this?

Tell everyone what your community needs or how you are able to assist others. Take a look at the spreadsheets logging how people have requested help or offered to help and contact them directly. All of that can be found on our Disaster Report page by clicking here.

Congregations and schools may send funds for disaster relief to one of the following organizations as well:

LCEF Offers Natural Disaster Assistance for Ministries

  • Loan structured over 60 months
  • 0% interest and no payment required for first 12 months
  • Principal and interest for remaining 48 months: amortized at Cost of Funds (PDF).
  • Loan origination fee waived

Please note that all loans are subject to loan underwriting and LCEF’s issuance of and terms of an approval letter. If your organization currently has a loan with LCEF, you may be eligible for additional considerations.

Please also be aware that LCEF has Disaster Assistance programs for Rostered Church Workers who may have been adversely affected by the recent flooding.

For further information please contact LCEF at 800-843-5233 (800- The LCEF).

Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) Training

Responding to a disaster is a vital part of who we are as members of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Responding to a disaster allows a congregation to confess Christ to their community, region and world in ways they may have never considered before. Lutheran Early Response Team Training helps prepare congregations and individual members to be better prepared when a disaster strikes, and helps them know how to respond in word and deed within their community.

If you have been trained as a part of the Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT), you can help us by making sure that you are registered as a part of the new national database of LERT trained volunteers.  Register by using this link: https://www.lcms.org/form/lert-volunteer-info with a registration code of ‘9999.’

Visit the LCMS website to learn more about LERT training.

Comfort Dog Ministry

The Nebraska District is home to five Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs. The dogs and their handlers can be contacted for visits to congregations, schools, and within your community.

Helpful Online Resources

Recommended Government Preparedness Websites:



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