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Planning for disasters

A June 13-14 ELCA consultation on disaster planning and preparedness brought together ELCA members from across the country and the U.S. Virgin Islands to discuss disaster preparedness for low-income communities.

Loretta Horton, ELCA director for poverty ministries networking, said, “Low-income communities are already under assault” before a natural disaster strikes.

They’re affected by racism, classism, disinvestment and a lack of resources, she added.

Kevin A. Massey, director of Lutheran Disaster Response, called the consultation “groundbreaking.”


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