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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 ...


United Methodist Disaster Warehouse collecting supplies for Ebola Outbreak

9/17/2014

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS. The Ebola outbreak continues to sweep across West Africa.  It has spread from Guinea to Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal.  According to the World Health Organization, 4,000+ people are infected with the deadly virus.  2,100+ have already died and these numbers are only expected to rise.  The outbreak has closed markets and schools, and forced many public gatherings to be canceled.  Transmission of the Ebola virus is spread through direct, physical contact ...


After losses, Alabama town plans shelter

7/26/2014

photo from www.harveststormshelter.org An UMCOR News Story By Susan Kim* When a tornado struck the Alabama town of Harvest in April 2011, it missed the new building of CrossWinds United Methodist Church by just a quarter mile. The congregation immediately reached out to its neighbors, opening their doors to offer food, supplies and comfort to tornado survivors. As the response continued, Suzanne Katschke, co-senior pastor at CrossWinds, heard about an opportunity to apply for funding from the...


Disaster Recovery: Volunteers Needed in McDonald Chapel

7/8/2014

Volunteers are needed to help with outside work on the house in McDonald Chapel (Jefferson County).  We are looking for individuals or groups to help with landscaping and building steps from the street up to the yard.  We will take adults or youth over age 14 with adult supervision.     Contact Lori Feist at 205-226-7909 or lfeist@umcna.org.


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