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Disaster Response Update: Response to March 19 storms


Tuesday, April 24, 2018 10:30 a.m. North Alabama Conference Disaster Response Coordinator Rev. Randy Burbank shares the following message regarding the response efforts in the Jacksonville area. As many of you know, Calhoun County has been transitioning from the immediate response efforts related to the March 19th storms that devastated Jacksonville and the outlying communities, to long term recovery efforts. There were 531 homes in our area affected by the tornado, with 165 homes suffering ...

Disaster Response: Why We Go


At the very beginning of the Early Response Team Training you received the question "Why?" Why us instead of other volunteer organizations or individual unaffiliated volunteers? What makes us different—rather I should say, what ought to make us different is that we represent Jesus. When you go to the areas impacted by a natural disaster, such as last week, please remember that those in the emergency services and utility services are doing everything they possible can to assist their neighbors. ...

UMCOR Sunday is March 11, 2018


UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) is right around the corner. This churchwide special Sunday with offering provides United Methodists the opportunity to help our brothers and sisters around the world in their time of need. On Sunday, March 11, 2018, local congregations will receive this special offering that ensures that when a crisis happens, 100 percent of giving to the United Methodist Committee on Relief for that disaster goes to those in need. Download the UMCOR Sunday ...

Restaurants hold “It Takes a Village” drive and raise more than $17,000 for UMCOR


This fall as hurricanes devastated various parts of the U.S., restaurants in Mountain Brook, a suburb of Birmingham, joined together to raise funds for hurricane relief. Operating under the name of "It Takes A Village," reflecting Mountain Brook’s layout around several villages, each establishment offered various specials and donated a portion of their proceeds for an entire week. Together they raised more than $17,000. The group was organized by Leah Harrigan of La Paz Restaurant. Harrigan is a...

Early Response Team training to be offered in September


The Conference Disaster Response and Recovery Task Team is offering Early Response Team training at five different locations this month. Participants are asked to pre-register online so that there will be enough training materials for everyone and that the host church can provide sufficient snacks for everyone. The trainings will be held on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until approximately 1 p.m. Sign in and pictures for badges will be from 8-8:30 a.m. Training will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost ...

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


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...

Disaster Response Update: Hurricane Response - Updated September 19


Sept. 19, 2017 From your Conference Disaster Response and Recovery Team: The South Georgia Annual Conference is requesting Early Response Teams (ERT) in the coastal areas of the state. Here is the request: Although Hurricane Irma was a tropical storm when it hit Georgia, it left its worst impact in Coastal Georgia.  The South Georgia Conference is looking for current ERTs and trained chainsaw teams to help in Chatham and other coastal counties. Lodging can be arranged in local churches; however,...

Disaster Response Training to be offered in August


The Cullman County EMA is hosting a Disaster Response training event on August 16 and 17, 2017. This is open to anyone and everyone interested in disaster response mission. The training focuses on two key aspects: Donations Management and Volunteer Coordination. These courses will provide useful tools for when the next disaster impacts your city/town/community. The first part of the training is Volunteer Management. Attendees will gain the skills to establish a local Volunteer Registration ...

Disaster Response Update: Fairfield Tornado (Updated July 6, 2017)


Update: July 6, 2017 The city of Fairfield is needing Clean-up Teams to assist the survivors of the most recent tornado.Tasks are to help remove drywall, paneling, etc. that has developed mold. Volunteers are to report to the Wright Center, 6501 Aaron Aranov Drive, Fairfield AL 35064. Bring your own tools and cleaning supplies. If you would like to have UMCOR Cleaning Buckets contact the Northwest District Disaster Response Warehouse at 256-642-1759. In His Grace, Randy Burbank Disaster ...

Disaster Response Team offers new communication tool


Your North Alabama Conference Disaster Response & Recovery Team is launching our new communication tool, NAC-NAV. NAC-NAV is short for North Alabama Conference Navigators. This is a "text service" for Emergency Communications. You can report any damages through this service, as well as, receive notifications of emergency needs and requests for teams to assist in the relief operations. This is an EMERGENCY ONLY Service. To sign up and be able to send and receive Disaster Response NAC-NAV ...

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