Disaster Response Warehouse continues to collect and ship needed supplies to areas devastated by storms

9/8/2017

Pictured: The Allen family of Red Bay First UMC were among volunteers helping to load the truck bound for Sugar Land, Texas, on September 2, 2017. Shown above are Joey Allen and his son Chandler.


On Monday, September 4, 2017, a truck packed full of disaster response supplies left the United Methodist Disaster Relief Warehouse in Decatur, Alabama, to be delivered to Christ UMC in Sugar Land, Texas, to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

This is the second truck of supplies from the Disaster Response Warehouse to the area impacted by Harvey.  The earlier shipment went to St. Luke – Simpson UMC in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in August.

As Hurricane Harvey survivors continue their recovery process, eastern states are bracing for the onslaught of Hurricane Irma. Hurricane Jose also is strengthening in the Atlantic Ocean.

United Methodists are at work both in the aftermath of Harvey and in the preparations for other storms as they approach.

Volunteers at the Disaster Response Warehouse in Decatur are collecting items necessary for cleanup with the goal of helping people get back into their homes as soon as possible.

The Disaster Warehouse is currently collecting (and shipping) the following supplies:

  • Box Fans (to dry out houses following flooding)
  • 25’ heavy duty extension cords (to move the fans around inside homes)
  • 2 & 3 gallon garden sprayers (to fight mildew and mold)
  • Flat billed shovels (for removal of mud, wet carpet, pads, sheet rock, insulation, etc.)
  • Rakes (for removal of tree limbs, leaves and muck from inside home and yards)
  • Wheel barrows (2 wheeled, so they will not turn over taking debris to the street)
  • 3M mask respirators Series “N95” numbers 100, 8293, 8200, 8511 & 8210 (to protect workers from mildew and mold. This item is now the greatest need.)

Deliver your collected supplies to the United Methodist Disaster Response Warehouse at 3220 Hwy 31 South, Building F, Decatur, AL 35603.  Volunteers are very busy and will not be able to travel to your location to pick up any donations. Also, please call the Warehouse at 256-341-9961 before making your delivery to alert the volunteers of the incoming supplies.

As always, you and your church group may volunteer to help at the Warehouse. Call today to schedule a time to serve 256-341-9961.

Executive Director of the Disaster Warehouse Rev. Ray Crump encourages North Alabama congregations to continue their generosity and re-double efforts to be the hands and feet of Jesus as the needs increase due to multiple storms.


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