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Disaster Response Update: Pay It Forward Bahamas

by: Randy Burbank


This communication is rather long, so please take the time to read all of it. Friends and Faithful Disciples of Jesus, It wasn’t that long ago that we saw the horrendous results of Hurricane Dorian as it swept across the Bahamas, in particular, the island of Grand Bahama. The nature of this beast is that there is always an initial outpouring of support for the Survivors; but in the Long Term Recovery, it is a different storyline. People either soon forget, or worse; they assume everything is now...

Disaster Response Update 8.12.2019


Disaster Response Safety Webinar Below is information on an upcoming webinar concerning safety when we are involved in responding to a disaster.  At the bottom are ways to join in the webinar.  It looks like an excellent training tool for everyone at every level. Training Opportunity: CDC EPIC Webinar August 21 at Noon Disasters—Keeping Volunteers, Workers, and Responders Safe Are you helping to clean up, rebuild, or support other response and recovery efforts after a flood, earthquake, storm, ...

March 31 is UMCOR Sunday (formerly "One Great Hour of Sharing")


United Methodist churches around the world will celebrate UMCOR Sunday (formerly "One Great Hour of Sharing") by receiving a special offering on March 31. North Alabama Conference Disaster Response Coordinator Rev. Randy Burbank says, “UMCOR receives no funding except through your gifts. Thanks to your generosity in the past, UMCOR continues to operate in ways that helps so many. This is how UMCOR receives their operating expenses, so we're counting on your help.“ Indeed, because of gifts ...

Disaster Response Updates (Updated March 13, 2019)


Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Here is the website from Lee County EMA concerning drop off locations for supplies in that area. In His Grace, Randy Burbank Disaster Response and Recovery Coordinator for the North Alabama Annual Conference Email: Message from the Disaster Warehouse in Decatur The United Methodist Disaster Warehouse in Decatur is currently responding to needs in both Lee County (tornadoes) and the Northwest area of Alabama (flooding). The ...

Disaster Response Update: Hurricanes Florence and Michael (Updated Oct. 22, 2018)


Update October 22, 2018 Here is the latest information we have for the needs of volunteer teams. Contact the appropriate Conference Disaster Response Team to register your team or for more information.   Alabama-West Florida Conference Teams from outside their Conference are NOT being requested at this time. However, they have set-up a website to pre-register Teams at A dedicated toll-free phone number has been established: 888-942-4477. A ...

Disaster Response Update: Disaster Preparedness


From The Disaster Response & Recovery Team: We are in the peak of hurricane season. As needs are presented to us, we will work in meeting them through our Disaster Response Warehouse in Decatur. If you're looking for opportunities for mission and to be the hands and feet of Jesus, the Warehouse is a great place to do that, and you don't have to leave the boundaries of our conference to help others. Though we are not in a coastal area, we can be impacted by a hurricane. The following is from the ...

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...

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