Current Disaster Sites - Recovery Teams

URGENT REQUEST FOR ERTs from AWF

ERTs – please check in with your C-DRC before deploying. Thank you.

The Alabama-West Florida Conference is now opening the response to Hurricane Michael to badged/credentialed ERT teams from outside of our Annual Conference. This invitation is extended to Conference ERTs within the Southeastern Jurisdiction and to jurisdictions beyond.

NB: Groceries, fuel, water, and power are now widely available in the impacted areas, but not everywhere. In addition, several churches and Conference facilities received significant damage. Therefore, all ERT teams must plan on being self-sufficient. This self-sufficiency requirement extends to sleeping arrangements. We are not able to even offer a place to “throw down a few air mattresses.” Shower facilities are not guaranteed at this time. Hotels in the area are extremely difficult to find.

Teams who wish to register should use the portal below. Questions should be directed to the following resources:

www.hurricanemichaelrecovery.org

A dedicated toll-free phone number has been established: 888-942-4477. 
A dedicated email address for these efforts has been created: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Alabama-West Florida Conference is announcing anew online portal that will register Hurricane Michael volunteer teams. The new portal was established through the Planning Center software, which many medium- and large-sized churches use to register church check ins, membership tracking, registrations and fees.

We are grateful to all of sisters and brothers throughout the connection who stand with us through this recovery.

Blessings,
Rob

Rev. Robert E. Haynes, PhD
Disaster Response and Recovery Team Coordinator
Alabama/West Florida Conference
The United Methodist Church


 

A disaster is the tragedy of a natural or human event that negatively affects society or the environment. Disasters happen every day in people’s lives. Some of them are small and can be handled on a personal or one on one basis. Other disasters happen on a larger scale. The things we call disasters vary from person to person and place to place.

The Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church shares in a partnership with United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to respond to natural or civil disasters that are interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community's ability to recover on its own.

The church is not just four walls and a roof. People may never attend church but, in a disaster or time of loss, they immediately turn to the church for help. In a disaster situation the church can become not only a spiritual but also a resource hub of the community.

In the event of a disaster, resources available to the local church (i.e. volunteers, money, and expertise) are oftentimes limited. This is where the connectional system of the United Methodist Church can provide support and resources to help alleviate the impact on affected areas.

Please consider joining an Early Response Team (ERT) or our Volunteers in Mission (VIM) as they respond to many of the locations that are ready to receive physical as well as spiritual support as they begin the recovery process. Utilize the links below for specific information and specific needs.

If you are unable to join in the disaster response and recovery efforts, please pray for those who are affected and for those who are assisting in those efforts. Also, consider assembling relief kits (https://missioncentral.org/current-needs/) or providing financial/material support to the relief efforts at umcor.org/donate. (U.S. Disaster Response, Advance #901670; or Material Resources, Advance #901440).


South Carolina Conference
Matt Brodie, the South Carolina Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, has requested UMCOR’s assistance in extending this invitation to out-of-Conference ERTs. SC UMC can provide housing and food for most teams. Their current need is for muck out teams to work in the Pee Dee region of the state. Please direct your ERT Coordinator or Team Leaders to coordinate through the Incident Coordination mechanism of the SC UMC.
Please contact:  Chuck Marshall at 803-386-7217  or (e-mail) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


South Central Jurisdictional Conference - Disaster Response
Interest in coordinating a trip - http://www.scjumc.org/mission/disaster/
 

UMCOR
https://www.umcor.org/umcor/resources/news-stories/2018/august/umcor-responds-to-current-disasters-around-the-world


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