Disaster Preparedness and Relief

The National Council of the Society St. Vincent de Paul’s Disaster Services Division
(DSD) responds to disasters such  as floods, wildfires, tornadoes and other events throughout  the United States.

The DSD trains Regional Response Teams  as well as individual Vincentians throughout the country to  compassionately serve victims of disasters.

The National Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers an array of services  that alleviate both short-term needs such as food, shelter  and clothing and long-term needs such as case  management and our House in a Box® program for people  impacted by a disaster.


The Omaha St. Vincent de Paul volunteer Distaster Response team is working to prepare families and friends (en espanol) to cope in the event of a local disaster. We collaborate our efforts with community response teams in order to address the needs of those who experience situational poverty and loss due to a natural disaster. See the local website, Called to Faith, to learn more about local efforts to prepare and respond to the unexpected.


SVdP’s House in a Box® program helps to restore lives one house at a time. This program was implemented to supply disaster survivors with critical items to furnish an entire home from the kitchen to the bathroom to the bedroom, including furniture, dishes, towels, utensils and bed linens.

It is the person-to-person, holistic case management that distinguishes SVdP from other organizations’ approach to relief and recovery – reaching out to each individual to determine his or her needs and then working closely with them to meet those needs.