Emergency Response

Helping people recover and rebuild

Our work in emergencies

Our roots are in disaster response: CWS was formed in response to an emergency – the aftermath of World War II, when we provided more than 11 million pounds of food, clothing and medical supplies to war-torn Europe and Asia.

After more than 71 years, responding to emergencies remains a cornerstone of what we do. Most recently, we've responded to flooding in northern Indiana and to multiple hurricanes in the southern United States last fall. In previous years, we have also responded internationally in Haiti (earthquake), Pakistan and Afghanistan (floods), Cambodia (floods), Indonesia (volcanic eruptions) and Japan (earthquake and tsunami). Earlier, CWS responded to major humanitarian crises ranging from the Indian Ocean tsunami to the situation in Darfur, Sudan. We are a founding member of the ACT Alliance, which brings together the resources and expertise of different agencies throughout the world.

Disaster preparedness

Being prepared for a disaster as an individual, a congregation and a community can make all the difference.

Photo: Lesvi Roselim/CWS

Immediate response

Right after a disaster, CWS is there, providing material assistance requested by communities in need.

Photo: Chukwudi Ozo-Onyali

Long-term recovery

Communities need assistance in the long term, helping them not only recover, but also become more resilient than before.

Photo: Jason Knapp/CWS