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In a matter of hours, victims are faced with many life-changing decisions and necessary actions that will affect their lives for years to come. The first week following a disaster is a critical window of opportunity for victims and disaster-relief workers to bond together for the good of a victim’s family and the strength of the community. Our Rapid Response team was created to be pivotal in such times.
Typically, it takes Eight Days of Hope 4-6 months to respond to a community’s disaster needs. This falls squarely in the second, and possibly the last wave of help. Until 2014, Eight Days of Hope was not been able to offer any immediate relief, only assistance in disaster recovery.
When a tornado hit Tupelo, MS, the hometown of Eight Days of Hope, local leaders saw first-hand the need for ministry immediately after a disaster strikes. The senior leadership team including, Steve Tybor, Wayne VanLandingham, and others were inspired to take action along with many faithful Eight Days of Hope volunteers. Eight Days of Hope felt God leading us down the path of starting a new national disaster-relief ministry, and that is how our Rapid Response arm was born.
To date, EDOH has responded to 30 disasters with our Rapid Response arm alone. We have seen God take the brokeness the surrounds a community and plant hope in thousands of lives through this response.
We would love for you to volunteer with us to experience it first hand! If you are interested in volunteering, please click the "get involved" button on the main page and enter your email address. We will contact you every time we have a trip!