Urge Congress to pass disaster aid supplemental

FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund nears depletion. Urge Congress to pass a disaster aid supplemental today.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is in dire need of replenishing its Disaster Relief Fund (DRF), which plays a vital role in providing assistance to communities affected by disasters of all kinds. This comes as many disasters, including wildfires in Maui and California, floods in Vermont and the Midwest, and the recent impact of Hurricane Idalia have nearly depleted federal disaster funds remaining for the fiscal year.

Legislators in Congress are currently considering a disaster supplemental bill, and it is imperative that we, as faith advocates, voice our support for this critical funding before the end of the fiscal year on September 30. The DRF is a lifeline for countless Americans who find themselves impacted by conventional and unconventional disasters, and ensures that communities can receive the assistance they require during life-changing adversity.

As Lutherans, we understand the importance of caring for our neighbors and standing by them in times of hardship. “Faith-based volunteers, houses of worship, and disaster response and recovery organizations, such as ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response, are often on the front line of major disasters serving those of us in the greatest need,” highlighted the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, ELCA presiding bishop, in an Aug. 18 letter to members of Congress, which continued by urging passage as soon as possible of an emergency appropriations package to fully replenish FEMA and the DRF. Sending this message is a way for us to embody the Christian principles of love and empathy for those who are suffering.

Please contact your elected representatives today and urge them to prioritize the replenishment of FEMA's DRF in any upcoming spending bill. This critical funding can make a meaningful difference in the lives of those of us facing significant hardships. Let's help ensure that FEMA has the resources it needs to continue its vital mission.

Offer a customized letter with your own story, disaster response experience, and/or faith-based reflection to Congress below.

POSTED: 9/19/2023


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Replenish the Disaster Relief Fund ASAP

Dear [Decision Maker],

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