The United States led the world in catastrophic disasters last year, with an overall damage cost of $16.5 billion. The devastating and deadly Camp Fire that consumed California in November was the world's costliest natural disaster in 2018. In second and third place last year were Hurricanes Michael ($16 billion) and Florence ($14 billion). Florence dumped heavy rain across the Carolinas in September, and Michael tore into the Florida Panhandle in October.
While the government has shut down, Vincentians across the country continue to serve disaster survivors in communities impacted by disaster. Disaster Services Corporation remains one of the leading emergency response and disaster relief organizations in the country.
Disaster recovery is usually the worst thing to happen to those affected by a natural or manmade disaster. With that premise in mind, Vincentians work tirelessly to better understand the survivor’s immediate and long-term needs, the populations affected, and knowing what resources are available to help rebuild. Our Disaster Services Corporation volunteers help disaster survivors navigate the complexities of the recovery process and guides communities to the resources available to them.
We are carrying this momentum over into 2019. Disasters teach us humility and in 2019 we will continue to serve communities impacted by disaster humbly.