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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...

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 ...

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