Our Rapid Response Ministry

When disaster strikes, decisions have to be made and actions are needed within just hours. These decisions and actions affect communities for years to come. Our goal is to get boots on the ground within 72 hours of a disaster to bring hope back to the hearts of the community and spread Christ’s love through every helping hand.

But when a tornado hit Tupelo, Mississippi — the hometown of Eight Days of Hope — local leaders saw firsthand the need for ministry immediately after a disaster strikes. We were inspired to take action. That’s how our Rapid Response Ministry was born – taking broken communities and planting hope in thousands of lives.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Rapid Response Events

Eight Days of Hope is responding to the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian. Our equipment and volunteers are on their way. Please consider joining us as we serve the Ft. Myers community.

Rapid Responses, Long–Lasting Impact

      • Our goal is to show the hope and love of Jesus Christ to disaster victims between 48 and 72 hours after a disaster strikes anywhere in the contiguous 48 states.
      • We have two types of responses. The first brings hundreds of volunteers to large disaster areas to clean debris, tarp roofs, gut water-damaged homes, and salvage personal property for up to 14 days.  The second brings 8 skilled heavy equipment operators and tree cutters to smaller disasters to help with tree removal and debris clean-up for up to 8 days.
      • We reach out to homeowners, community leaders, and other disaster relief organizations to spread hope, build relationships, and build bonds that help us work together.
      • To date, EDOH has responded to 44 disasters with our Rapid Response arm alone.

Hurricane Ian Response Extension Announced

Past efforts

Ft. Myers, FL - Rapid Response

Ft. Myers, FL
October 31-November 12, 2022
Hurricane Ian made landfall as a category 4 storm, destroying much of the Florida coast.

Sarasota, FL - Rapid Response

Sarasota, FL
October 5-29, 2022
Hurricane Ian made landfall as a category 4 storm, destroying much of the Florida coast.

Bear Branch, KY - Rapid Response

Bear Branch, KY
August 6-27, 2022
Near the end of July, a flood devastated the area of Bear Branch, KY, and surrounding cities, leaving so many hopeless.

Mayfield, KY - Rapid Response

Mayfield, KY
December 14, 2021-January 2, 2022
A deadly tornado devastated the town of Mayfield, KY, just days before Christmas-time.
Three volunteers clearing brush
Volunteers needed

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To date, we’ve had over 46,000 volunteers come from across the globe to spread God’s joy and serve His people. If you have a willing heart, regardless of age or skill level, click below to join the Eight Days of Hope family today!

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