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Disaster Response

The Iowa Mission District works closely with the NALC Disaster Response Coordinator, Mary Bates, to help get supplies and other resources where they are most needed, whether here in Iowa, or across the country.

Our mission district area coordinator is currently Betty Burkhalter. Betty can be reached by phone or text at 815-323-9999, or by email at 


Each congregation in the Iowa Mission District is encouraged to have a local disaster response contact person on record that can be reached in case of emergency. Make sure Betty has that person's name and contact information!


The Iowa Mission District warehouse is located just north of Chatfield, Minnesota, on Highway 52. It is maintained by our mission partner, Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Rochester, Minnesota.

Click HERE to access the latest disaster kit content lists (flood buckets, health kits, school kits, etc.). Blankets, quilts, Bibles and gifts cards (i.e. Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walmart) are always needed. Feel free to include items decorated with a U.S. flag, patriotic or military symbols or references to the armed forces, religious symbols, messages or your group or congregation's name.

Mary Bates helping to load a trailer at a recent IMD convocation.

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