Disaster Relief



Disaster Response

In disaster situations, time is a precious commodity and implementing an effective disaster response is critical. Matthew 25: Ministries is constantly monitoring its readiness to meet the needs of a sudden disaster. This includes maintaining the facilities and resources needed, as well as being ready to engage disaster relief volunteers from the local community who want to help provide relief to the victims.

Disaster Support Process

In order to provide the most effective disaster support possible, supplies must be sorted prior to being shipped. When aid products reach the devastated area, they need to be ready for immediate distribution. Matthew 25: Ministries ships only pre-sorted, pre-processed items that are culturally and seasonally appropriate to the disaster area. This ensures that the products will bring relief to the victims instead of creating additional work for the responders in the area. According to UNDRO (United Nations Disaster Relief Organization), "The impulsive generosity of governments, organizations, and individuals alike can cause as much chaos and confusion as the disaster itself."

Natural Disaster Relief

Matthew 25: Ministries has responded to a wide variety of natural disasters including cyclones, tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, windstorms, wildfires, and droughts. 

Hurricane and tornado relief

  • 2014 - Matthew 25 is responding to the severe drought in California by sending a truckload of water to those in the affected areas. Matthew 25 responded to the tornadoes in Nebraska that left significant damage. Matthew 25 responded to the severe storms in Arkansas in the aftermath of high winds and flash flooding. Matthew 25 also responded to the severe tornado outbreak South and Midwest, including Mayflower and Vilonia, AR and Tupelo, MS
  • 2013 - Matthew 25 responded to tornadoes in Moore, OK and Illinois by delivering disaster relief supplies to areas affected by the devastating tornadoes.
  • 2012 - Matthew 25 responded to Hurricane Sandy by delivering disaster relief supplies to areas surrounding Staten Island and Brooklyn in NY and on Monmouth and Ocean Counties in NJ. 
  • 2012 - Matthew 25 responded to Hurricane Isaac by delivering disaster relief supplies to areas along the Gulf Coast affected by the hurricane. 
  • 2012 - Matthew 25 responded to the Tri-State tornadoes by sending aid to affected areas including Henryville, IN, Moscow, OH, Chelsea, IN and Maryville, IN. Matthew 25 also scheduled four volunteer weekends for individuals and groups interested in volunteering in the disaster relief areas to perform a variety of recovery projects and rebuilding services. 
  • 2012 - M25M responded to Tropical Storm Debby by sending disaster relief to areas of Florida affected by flooding.
  • 2011 - Matthew 25 responded to the tornado outbreak in the southern states of the U.S. by sending aid to areas such as Alabama and Missouri that were terribly affected by the storms.
  • 2008 - Matthew 25 responded to Hurricane Ike by sending aid to Haiti and Texas as well as a mission team to Texas.
  • 2008 - Matthew 25 responded to Hurricane Gustav.
  • 2005 - Matthew 25 provided disaster support for Hurricane Katrina.
  • 1998 - Hurricane Mitch was our first large-scale attempt at disaster relief. Within days, we were able to have relief supplies on the ground both in Nicaragua and Honduras because we were well-established in these countries.

Tsunami Relief

  • 2011 - Matthew 25 responded to the earthquake and tsunami disaster that struck Japan.
  • 2004 - Matthew 25 responded to the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster.

Earthquake Relief

  • 2011 - Matthew 25 responded to the earthquake and tsunami disaster that struck Japan.
  • 2010 - Matthew 25 sent disaster relief and medical mission teams to Haiti in response to the earthquake
  • 2005 - Matthew 25 provided disaster response to the Pakistan earthquake.

Flooding Relief

  • 2013 - Matthew 25 responded to severe flooding in Boulder, Colorado.
  • 2009 - Matthew 25 responded to flash flooding in Louisville.
  • 2009 - Matthew 25 responded to flooding in Eastern Kentucky.
  • 2008 - Matthew 25 shipped relief to Iowa after severe flooding.

other disaster relief

  • 2014 - Matthew 25 responded to Ebola outbreak in Liberia
  • 2014 - Matthew 25 responded to damage caused by the Chemical Spill in West Virginia.
  • 2013 - Matthew 25 is responded to devastation in the Philippines caused by Typhoon Haiyan by sending aid to victims of the disaster.
  • 2012Matthew 25 responded to the March flooding by sending aid to affected areas in Dallas, TX. M25M also responded to the wildfires in Colorado and the severe storms in West Virginia by sending relief aid to affected areas.
  • 2011 - Matthew 25 sent meals from our Prasco Food Processing Center, water and blankets to the earthquake and tsunami disaster victims in Japan.
  • 2008 - Matthew 25 delivered ice and water to Greater Cincinnati after a severe windstorm caused by Hurricane Ike.
  • 2008 - Matthew 25 sent aid to Myanmar after Cyclone Nargis.
  • 2008 - Matthew 25 responded to Tropical Storm Alma.
  • 2008 - Matthew 25 shipped conflict relief to the Republic of Georgia.