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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 ...

Disaster Response Update: West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority and the West Lawrence Water Co-op water warning


The West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority and the West Lawrence Water Co-op has issue a warning urging all of their customers to not drink the water provided by these systems.  There is believed to contain chemical contaminant that is hazardous for human consumption.  The Lawrence and Morgan County offices of Emergency Management are requesting assistance through the collection of bottled water. We are asking everyone in our network to provide 1 gallon containers of water until further ...

Disaster Response Update: Supplies needed for Louisiana and Mississippi flooding response


The United Methodist Disaster Warehouse is collecting the following items for the response to the recent floods in Louisiana and Mississippi. The hope is to ship these needed items on Tuesday (3/22) or Wednesday (3/23) of next week. Cleaning Buckets - (see instructions at   Box fans (to help dry the inside of houses)   25' Grounded extension cords (to move the fans around in a house)   2 and 3 gallon garden sprayers  (to fight ...

Disaster Response Update: Damage in western parts of Conference


UPDATE: Feb. 8, 2016 There are needs for clean-up teams in Pickens County from the latest round of storms.  Here is the contact information.  Continue to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Sapps Recreation Center (Pickens Co) 3619 Sapps Road Carrollton, AL POC:  Belinda Craig 205-373-2060 In His Grace, Randy Burbank UPDATE: Feb. 4, 2016 The Sapps community in Pickens County is needing volunteers for clean-up after the recent tornado.  Work involves debris removal, (potentially) putting tarps ...

Disaster Response Update: Tornado Cleanup


Dec. 31, 2015 There is an urgent need for non-perishable food items for the survivors of the recent tornadoes in Midfield.  Bring your non-perishable food items to the Collection & Distribution Center located at: Hopewell Baptist Church 4817 Jefferson Avenue SW Birmingham, Alabama Contact person is Ava Wise and her telephone number is: 205-902-0475.  Bottled water is also needed.  Hopewell Baptist Church is also the location to sign in for volunteers to assist with clean-up efforts.  Since this ...

Conference celebrates the culmination of Disaster Response and Recovery work for the April 2011 storms


Some dates stand out in memory as markers in our lives. April 27, 2011, is one of those dates for people all over North Alabama as a series of devastating tornadoes swept the state, leaving a path of death and destruction and changing lives forever. Two separate waves of tornado activity made the day a long one, with multiple counties suffering major damage from straight-line winds and numerous strong tornadoes, including an EF-5 in Hackleburg. The official numbers are staggering: 64 tornadoes ...

Disaster Response Update: ERT needed in Summerville, SC


UMVIM, SEJ has received a call from the South Carolina Annual Conference requesting three (3) trained and credentialed Early Response Teams from any annual conference in the Southeastern Jurisdiction to Summerville, SC, just off I-26 northwest of Charleston. Please contact Billy Robinson, South Carolina ERT Coordinator, to schedule the teams.  His email address is and his number is 803-539-8429. Now is the time that your help is needed. Thank you! Grace and peace, Paulette ...

Disaster Response Update: South Carolina Flood


From the North Alabama Annual Conference Office of Disaster Response & Recovery As we are all aware, the flooding in South Carolina has been catastrophic. Lives have been lost, homes destroyed and families devastated by the loss caused by this flood. The Early Response Team Coordinator for the South Carolina Conference, Billy Robinson, has asked that NO ERTs deploy to South Carolina at this time. They currently have local ERTs who are cut off because of the damage to highways and roads. Please ...

United Methodists responding to Europe’s migration crisis


Photo by Daniel Peters for United Methodist News Service from story Coping with Europe’s migration crisis   by Rev. Matt Lacey North Alabama Conference Director of Mission and Advocacy   Thousands upon thousands of people have showed up at the borders of various European countries asking for asylum. This may be the largest refugee crisis since World War II, and already countries and organizations are struggling to find a compassionate and practical way to respond. As United Methodists, we have ...

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