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Disaster Response Update: ERT needed in Summerville, SC

10/19/2015

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 brpraisejesus@aol.com 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

10/6/2015

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

9/8/2015

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 ...


Disaster Response Update: Nepal earthquake

4/27/2015

An earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale struck west of the ancient Nepali capital of Kathmandu on Saturday, April 25 2015, at 11:41 a.m. Nepal local time. It is the most powerful earthquake to hit the region in 81 years. The UMCOR website [www.umcor.org] continues to be updated as details of our response are worked out. In the meantime, this is the information we can share and that can guide you in any questions you receive: We continue to be in prayer.   Contact has confirmed that ...


One Great Hour of Sharing is March 15

2/16/2015

Gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing, one of the six United Methodist churchwide Special Sundays with offerings, lay the foundation of all United Methodist Committee on Relief work by covering the costs of doing business. This helps UMCOR to keep the promise that 100 percent of any gift to a specific UMCOR project will go toward that project, not for administrative costs. UMCOR receives no World Service funds or any other apportionments. The work of UMCOR is funded only through designated giving. ...


Conference Disaster Recovery Team providing 70 storm shelters to families affected by the April 2011 storms

1/7/2015

The North Alabama Conference Disaster Response and Recovery team has been diligently responding since 62 tornadoes ripped through the state of Alabama on April 27, 2011.  Since that time more than 240 volunteer teams from across the country have come into the North Alabama area to help with the recovery effort.   Lori Feist, Assistant Conference Disaster Recovery Coordinator, says, “The recovery effort from the April 2011 tornadoes is complete. We were blessed to receive $2.15 million in grants ...


U.M. Disaster Warehouse helps North Alabama United Methodists serve the world

12/11/2014

Rev. Ray Crump stops by the United Methodist Center in Birmingham to pack his truck full of linens to deliver to the U.M. Disaster Warehouse in Decatur. They will be shipped to Africa in early 2015.   Take a warehouse, dedicated volunteers, financial support from local churches and the connectionalism of the United Methodist Church and what do you get? This fall you get a second container with 1.5 tons of medical supplies going to Africa to help with the Ebola response a shipment of medical ...


Disaster Response Update: Southeastern Jurisdictional Disaster Response Academy

11/20/2014

Registration is now open for the Southeastern Jurisdictional Disaster Response Academy, February 23-25, 2015, in Biloxi, Mississippi. This is open to anyone and everyone who is interested in Disaster Response Ministry. All District Coordinators are highly encouraged to participate.  Below are links for more information and Registration.  For more information or questions, email Randy Burbank at rburbank@umcna.org Click here to download a pdf of the brochure.   Click here to register for the ...


Disaster Response Update: Request for volunteers to resize sheets for hospitals treating Ebola patients in Africa

10/30/2014

The United Methodist Disaster Warehouse in Decatur has King and Queen size sheets that need to be cut down to hospital size sheets for those hospitals treating Ebola patients in Africa. They are asking for volunteers with sewing machines to take some of these sheets and resize them and return them to the Disaster Warehouse by Monday, November 17, 2014. Disaster Warehouse volunteers are preparing to send a second shipment of supplies to Africa. The first shipment contained 3,578 pounds of needed ...


Disaster Response Update: Storm Update 10.14.2014

10/14/2014

Please remember those affected by last night’s storms.  So far every indication is that this was a Level 1 disaster, meaning local officials are able to handle everything.  However, be alert that there may be individual cases where victims may need some assistance with clean up and/or putting tarps on roofs.  If you know of someone needing help, contact your District Coordinator or contact me at 205-907-2657.  Other states have also been affected by these storms but currently no other Annual ...


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