Stay Connected and Provide Help
It’s not your imagination—2017 is quickly climbing the list of notorious Atlantic hurricane seasons!
The hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to November 30, but typically it peaks from August to October. While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted an above-average season for 2017, it predicted 14 to 19 named storms and only five to nine hurricanes.
Yet here we are—powerful hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria have devastated small islands and major U.S. cities in the past few weeks. And there are still several weeks left of the 2017 hurricane season.
Some AGRM member missions have been affected by these storms, while others have assisted in recovery efforts, This page is intended to help you if you have been affected by one of these storms, as well as to provide information on ways you can help local rescue missions as they provide relief in communities affected by hurricanes this year.
You can donate to member missions affected by this year's hurricanes through AGRM.
Visit www.agrm.org/donate. Log in and on the online form, simply enter the amount you would like to give in the “Special” field, and type “Disaster Relief” in the "Instructions" field.
AGRM will disperse the funds to our member missions affected by ramifications of the storms.
What to Do If You Need Help
If you have been affected personally by a hurricane and need emergency shelter or aid, please use our map search to locate the nearest mission in your community. (You can also enter www.agrm.org/locate to go to the same search.)
Support Your Local Mission
AGRM has nearly 300 member missions across North America, including a number in Florida, Texas, and the Caribbean that were affected by this year's hurricanes. Assistance provided by gospel rescue missions is free of charge to those in need. Each mission offers unique services, so please contact the mission nearest you to ask how you can support it.
Among our member missions are a number in Florida, Texas, the Atlantic coast, and the Caribbean that were affect by this year's storms. Please visit our Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma pages to read some firsthand reports from leaders at these rescue missions as they weathered the storms, and now continue with local recovery efforts.
Listed below are some general ways to support missions affected by this year's hurricanes.
AGRM missions are primarily privately funded and depend on financial contributions to provide aid and emergency shelter to those left homeless and hungry in the wake of disaster. Cash is the most efficient method of donating because it offers rescue missions the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources. Use our map search to find the mission nearest you that you might want to donate to and look for the donation and volunteer links. If there are no links to donate or to volunteer in AGRM's profile of the mission, click the mission website link; in most cases the mission's online donation link will be on the mission website's home page.
Immediately following a disaster, a community can become easily overwhelmed by the amount of generous people who want to help. Contacting and affiliating with an established rescue mission in the area will help to ensure that you are appropriately trained to respond in the most effective way.
Be patient. Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many months, often years, after the disaster—especially when the community enters the long-term recovery period.
Donate in-kind goods that are specifically requested or needed by the rescue mission. Confirm the needs by contacting the mission of your choice before starting to collect. Most missions will typically need the items below during a natural disaster:
- Non-perishable food items
- Blankets and sheets
- Clothing and shoes for men, women, and children
- Hygiene items
AGRM's Intercessory Prayer Team is praying for all those who will be affected by these storms, asking God for protection of life and property. You can join them by lifting your local mission before God in prayer.