Respuesta al tornado

It has been less than a year since tornados and strong thunderstorms swept across Indiana, leaving behind loss and devastation. On Jueves, Marzo 14, fellow Hoosiers once again experienced disaster. We join together in prayer for those in Randolph, Delaware, Jefferson, and Switzerland counties which were affected and for those who are responding.

At this time, we have not received reports of any churches being damaged. Authorities and first responders are still assessing the area. Our care and response remain focused on individuals, families, and surrounding communities.

We are forming a plan along with federal and state agencies and other non-profits to assess and prepare for the long-term recovery process that will be required. We are grateful that United Methodists have already begun to respond as individuals, through their local churches, districts, and the Conference. We know that other organizations have also been providing response efforts, and sometimes that makes us want to respond with even more urgency. UMCOR and United Methodists are known as being the last to leave when people are in need. There will be many opportunities for us to respond and serve in the days, months, and years to come.

Here is a list of the immediate needs:

  • Continue to pray for all those who have been affected, directly and indirectly, as well as the first responders and those working to restore outages.
  • Financial contributions can be mailed to the Conference lockbox (INUMC, Dept 6089, Carol Stream, IL 60122). Please mark them with “Indiana Disaster Response.” You may also give electronically to Indiana Disaster Response
  • Por favor, no envíe donaciones físicas ni se presente espontáneamente y sin invitación. Estas acciones pueden desbordar y crear el caos en las zonas afectadas. Le avisaremos cuando se necesiten donativos físicos.
  • Los equipos de respuesta temprana ante catástrofes de Indiana (ERT) han comenzado a limpiar escombros y a cubrir tejados con lonas en determinadas zonas. A medida que se formen los equipos, por favor sigan la proporción de un ERT emparejado con un no ERT. Si usted está interesado en formar parte de un equipo ERT en una de nuestras muchas áreas afectadas, por favor póngase en contacto con el Rev. John Young en john.young@inumc.org.
  • Si tiene daños y necesidades para que respondamos en su zona, póngase en contacto con Ron Heustis en rlheustis@gmail.com.
  • If you have questions about the various affected areas or about any of the information shared, please reach out to Rev. Jen Huff at jennifer.huff@inumc.org.
  • It is important for our Conference to have trained ERTs. After disasters like this, ERTs typically help, when asked, to clean up debris and tarp roofs before long term recovery begins. If you are interested in ERT training, please contact Rev. John Young at john.young@inumc.org.

Debido a la naturaleza evolutiva de esta situación, por favor asegúrese de seguir la orientación de la Conferencia para las formas de dar y servir. Compartiremos las oportunidades a medida que sepamos más.

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