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Looking for a mission project for your group? Build a disaster response kit!


In mid-2016, volunteers at the United Methodist Disaster Warehouse in Decatur devised and began making a collection of disaster response items they call a “Tornado Bucket.” It contains items that frequently have been requested of them following tornados. Disaster Response Warehouse Volunteers provide these buckets to storm survivors along with UMCOR supplies such as health kits, cleaning buckets, tarps, etc. As tornado season in Alabama approaches, the volunteers at the United Methodist Disaster...

Disaster Response Update: North Alabama storms and Tennessee fires - Updated 12/1/2016


Disaster Response Update 12/1/2016 Health Kits and Bedding Kits I have received word from UMCOR and the UMCOR supply depot at Sager Brown of their current needs. Amy Fuselier, Director of UMCOR Sager Brown, sent the following message:  “I would like to thank all of the many churches who responded to our call for cleaning buckets in September after the flooding. The response was overwhelming.  Because of your generosity, we at UMCOR Sager Brown, were able to replenish our inventory and prepare ...

Disaster Response Update: Hurricane Matthew (updated Oct. 22)


October 22 North Carolina We have just received word that the North Carolina Conference is opening for Early Response Teams. Here is the contact information from the North Carolina Conference: Interested ERT teams can reach out to our Disaster Response Committee for specific priority locations, needs, and scheduling at or they can call 1-888-440-9167. The Bahamas The Bahamas is requesting UMVIM teams in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The Methodist community in ...

Disaster Response Update: Thank you for the Cleaning Bucket response! Here are additional ways your congregation can continue to serve.


We want to thank everyone who responded to the call for UMCOR Cleaning Buckets. Today we are very pleased to share that because of our corporate effort as United Methodists our Warehouse system now has sufficient Cleaning Buckets.    Cathy Earl of UMCOR suggests that if your congregation is needing a project consider compiling UMCOR school kits or health kits.  (Go to for kit assembly instructions.)   Again, thank you for responding like Jesus!   In His Grace,...

Disaster Response Update: Five ways you can help Louisana


Many people have asked how they can help the survivors of the recent flooding in Louisiana. Below are five ways you can help: Continue to pray for the survivors and those assisting them.   Volunteer to assist in the relief and/or recovery efforts. The Louisiana Annual Conference has extended the invitation for Early Response Team Volunteers. Please follow these directions. Go to the Louisiana Annual Conference Volunteer Registration website at  ...

Disaster Response Update: Responding to Louisiana floods (updated 8/22/2016)


August 22, 2016 Volunteers at the United Methodist Disaster Response Warehouse in Decatur have received word that currently all UMCOR warehouses throughout the country are running low on cleaning buckets because all available kits have been shipped to Louisiana. You and your congregation are needed to help replenish these much-needed supplies!  For Cleaning Bucket instructions go to   Thank you for your response North Alabama! The ...

Disaster Response Update: West Virginia now accepting ERT teams for flooding response


The West Virginia Annual Conference is now accepting ERT volunteers.  Sandy Binotto, Volunteer in Mission Coordinator for the West Virginia Conference, is the primary contact. She is currently in charge of processing all the individual volunteers and teams. Click here for the registration form that each team/individual is asked to fill out and send to West Virginia. Complete the form and email it to Once your registration has been received, West Virginia area Disaster ...

Disaster Response Update: Teams needed in Mississippi


The following is from the Mississippi Annual Conference: Teams are needed in the Mississippi Delta! Sheetrock Teams Roofing Teams Muck Out Teams Clean-up Teams Painting Teams Willing Heart Teams UMCOR has identified more than 50 homes that were affected by the Spring flooding. Some of the homes have already been mucked out but the sheetrock, insulation and flooring need to be replaced. A few of the homes are still in need of being mucked out. Some homes were not flooded but were severely ...

Disaster Response Update: West Virginia Flooding (Updated 6/28)


As you are now aware, West Virginia is in the middle of a severe flood event. The Conference Disaster Response and Recovery Team has been in communication with the West Virginia office of Disaster Response and their immediate needs are as follows: Garden Rakes (NOT leaf rakes) Shovels Baby Wipes Baby Diapers Baby Formula 25 ft. 12 gauge extension cords We need these items as soon as possible to be delivered to the Disaster Response Warehouse in Decatur, so we can send a shipment to West ...

Disaster Response Update: Thanks for your overwhelming support during the water crisis in Morgan and Lawrence Counties


Thanks for all the water donated during this water crisis in portions of Morgan and Lawrence Counties. At this time we have a surplus of water. Please deliver any bottled water you have already collected to the Disaster Response Warehouse (3220 Hwy 31 South, Building F, Decatur, AL 35603). If any church in the affected areas would like to be a distribution center for bottled water, contact the Disaster Response Warehouse in Decatur at 256-341-9961.  If you have collected funds for this ...

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