During Irene I learned so much about what was and was not helpful during a natural disaster. With the recent destruction in Oklahoma, I offer these five suggestions to people of faith who wish to respond.
An independent national poll commissioned by the ASPCA found that an overwhelming majority (85 percent of dog owners and 81 percent of cat owners) of those polled would take their pets with them in the event of an evacuation.
If the Son of God can Lament, why not us, who are wondering where God is in the midst of all of this. Lament is an act of deep faith. Even as we question, rant or cry, it is God the Father who we are addressing.
Although it may not be possible to prevent global crises, countries can take actions to prepare for them. We need to have credible macroeconomic policies and effective social safety nets to protect vulnerable populations.
Earlier this week, we announced $25 million in funding for rebuilding projects in Louisiana and Mississippi. These resources are helping cut through red tape and get long-delayed construction projects off the ground.
What conclusions can we draw from the recent proliferation of humanitarian crises? And how can the United States make best use of some $5 billion spent by our civilian agencies each year to provide relief around the globe?