Hurricane Relief: Florence
When disaster strikes: How you can help those impacted by Hurricane Florence
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) reports that conferences are as prepared as possible to respond to the potential damage caused by Hurricane Florence. At this time, however, they are not seeking teams to come to the area.
Cleaning Kits, Tool Trailers, and other supplies have been strategically placed throughout the region. Moreover, experienced Early Response Teams (ERTs) and Disaster Response Coordinators (DRCs) are prepared to assist immediately when conditions are safe for entry in the following conferences: South Georgia, North Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Western North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Peninsula-Delaware, Baltimore-Washington, Eastern Pennsylvania, Western Pennsylvania and Susquehanna (Northeastern and Central portions of Pennsylvania).
Disaster Response Teams are able, willing and equipped to bring supplies into affected areas, and commence cleanup and assessment for long-term assistance. Conferences in the region that are not severely impacted by the storm are prepared to send teams and resources to those most affected.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
If you would like to make monetary donations to help UMCOR in its work in the region, you may do so by clicking here. You may also give through your local church by designating your offering for Advance 901670.
If you have questions about donating, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To donate by check, please make your check payable to Advance GCFA and the Advance number on the memo line (901670) and mail to: Advance GCFA, PO Box 9068 GPO, New York, NY 10087-9068. To donate by phone, please call 1-888-252-6174.
Make relief kits
If your church would like to assemble cleaning kits or hygiene kits that will help replace those being used during Hurricane Florence cleanup, instructions on how you can get started are available below.
To learn more about how relief kits are used to help those in need during times of disaster, as well as where they are stored in between storm seasons, read: Journey of a bucket, a story of extraordinary giving made possible by many hands along the way.
More information on Relief Supply Kits
We encourage you to be in a spirit of prayer for all those impacted by Hurricane Florence, as well as other weather disasters around the country. As United Methodists, we are inspired to pray for those who are lost, wounded, and in need of shelter and food. We are also committed to raising up in prayer the first responders who continually put themselves in harm’s way in order to ensure the rescue and welfare of those in need.
For more information on disaster response efforts for people affected by Hurricane Florence and other impending storms around the world, please visit www.umcor.org.
STAY UPDATED: STORIES & RESOURCES
Churchgoers pitch in amid Florence floods
The Rev. Tyler Daniels spent his Sunday not preaching but rescuing hundreds of people from their flooded homes in and around Leland, North Carolina.
“We saved a lot of people’s lives,” said the United Methodist pastor, who also serves as a volunteer firefighter.
But making people whole will take much longer. “Just seeing the way my community is right now, it’s absolutely devastated,” Daniels said. “Thousands of people have no place to go.”
The slow-moving storm also has led to the deaths of at least 20 people — 14 in North Carolina and six in South Carolina.
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HURRICANE MATTHEW DISASTER RECOVERY: SOUTH CAROLINA STILL IN NEED
The South Carolina United Methodist Conference is currently seeking disaster response volunteers of all ages and experience levels to assist with recovery from Hurricane Matthew (2016) and other damaging floods that have impacted the area in previous years. Volunteers are welcome to bring a team or donate their individual time and efforts. If you would like to volunteer, please call (803) 726-3105 or email UMCSC at email@example.com.