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.


Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Disaster Relief Services Committee



RECENT UPDATE:  2019 FLOOD RELIEF
SVdP has visited with more than 519 families directly impacted by the flooding in Nebraska this Spring.  Vincentians bring spiritual care and compassion to families who have been displaced and have lost everything due to the floods.  In addition, SVdP members are serving on the Long Term Recovery Teams in several counties in Nebraska, where they will continue to provide spiritual care and material needs of those who are trying to rebuild their lives.  

SVdP Members from St. Patrick’s in Elkhorn worked with flood survivors in Shelters in Fremont and Elkhorn and continue to volunteer at a Shelter in Fremont.  They also participated at the Fremont MARC (Multi Agency Resource Center), which is a one-stop event over a two day period to assist disaster survivors with their immediate and long-term needs.  Local, state and federal agencies and volunteer groups as well as many faith-based organizations were on hand to provide information and material goods to those in need. The 7 SVdP volunteers visited with 290 families and gave out 147 gift cards to Walmart and Casey’s, as well as vouchers to the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores.  They listened to the survivor’s stories and offered them prayers and sympathy in their plight. Vincentians participate on the LTR group for Dodge County.


SVdP Members visited with 74 Sarpy County families who were staying in Bellevue and Council Bluffs over a 16 day period.  The Vincentians gave out $25 gift cards to Target, Walmart or Casey’s Gas Station to those in need totaling over $4,000. They also participated in the Sarpy County MARC, where they visited with 121 families, most of whom had lost everything in the historic floods.  They gave out 153 gift cards for Walmart and Casey’s at the MARC, as well as SVdP Thrift Store vouchers. The 13 volunteers at the MARC also listened to the survivors’ stories and also walked with them to visit many different agencies at the MARC and assisted them in getting the services they needed to work on getting back to a new normal life.  


SVdP members in Columbus participated in the Platte County MARC, which was held on one day in Columbus.  The Vincentian volunteers helped 34 families with $20 gas gift cards and also vouchers to Simon House.  


SVdP is assisting with 3 warehouse locations for new and used furniture/appliances and new beds for flood survivors.  One warehouse location is for donations of used furniture and appliances.


SVdP is an active member of Nebraska VOAD.

WE ARE IN NEED OF FURNITURE AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS FOR FLOOD VICTIMS!  IF YOU CAN DONATE, PLEASE CALL OUR DONATION LINE AT 402-341-1688 TO SCHEDULE A PICKUP OR DROP OFF AT OUR AREA STORES! 

Barb Slaven, Chair

Disaster Services Committee

SVdP District Council Omaha









The Omaha St. Vincent de Paul volunteer Disaster 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.

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