Assisting After Disasters
St. Martin's Response to Disaster through LUAD
Following a disaster we at St. Martin’s join with fellow congregations from the ELCA South-Central Synod of Wisconsin to help where we can. Relief efforts to disasters anywhere in our synod are coordinated by LUAD (Lutherans United Assisting After Disasters, LLC) through the efforts of local ELCA congregations.
LUAD is a response structure for our synod that is unique in Wisconsin, and is charged with the organizational efforts to help victims of a disaster. LUAD is a volunteer organization, and is a faith based imitative. LUAD aims to offer services not provided by others. LUAD springs into action shortly after a disaster, following the first response by police, fire and rescue. After the first response and long before recovery begins, survivors are often in need with nowhere to turn. When a local congregation learns of survivors in need they first offer any help they can. When the disaster is greater than a single church can manage, the local church can contact LUAD to request help in the relief efforts.
Members of the LUAD Council then work with the local congregation to find out about specific needs and how as a united group we can best help. LUAD relies on trained members from the cooperating ELCA South-Central Synod churches to provide for that help. LUAD works with the service agencies of municipal, county, state and federal, as well as other relief agencies such as the Red Cross. Services offered through LUAD will vary according to need. They could range from clean up help and initial repairs, to help with replacement of clothing, furniture, household items, rides to doctor’s offices, pet rescue, or emotional and spiritual support. Help is given to the affected people through the local church coordinated through LUAD, and with the help of trained LUAD volunteers.
We are part of a larger Christian community, and are called to help, as we are able, to collectively make a difference. We saw this most recently in response to the devastating floods in Boscobel. LUAD member churches including St. Martin’s were mobilized and were there to assist the survivors of the flood disaster. In addition to training and visits to the site, the St. Martin’s congregation organized a major clothing drive that sent over 35 large garbage bags of clothing and apparel to Boscobel for relief. Earlier in the summer arrangements were made by members of St. Martin’s for shipment of furniture to assist in the rebuilding of lives. The St. Martin’s donations were received with much excitement and appreciation at the Boscobel Donation Center. Distribution to meet immediate needs the victims of the disaster began the day they arrived.
By the grace of God, our St. Martin’s Congregation has responded to the call by LUAD for continuing Boscobel disaster relief aid. God has blessed us with the ability to offer up clothing and household goods to assist the victims of the summer floods. In Christ’s name we serve. It is a blessing that we are able to share with those truly in need.
St. Martin's LUAD Coordinator
Volunteers or Questions contact Bob Nelson at email
Lutherans United, Assisting After Disasters Website