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Disaster Response and Recovery

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.


Volunteer disaster chaplaincy training to be hosted by The School of Theology at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn.

7/7/2014

The Beecken Center of The School of Theology at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., is hosting a volunteer disaster chaplaincy training course on July 31–August 1, 2014 in partnership with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network. Religious leaders of all faiths are invited, as well as emergency managers and disaster mental health professionals.    The two-day training prepares clergy, religious leaders, or spiritual care providers to volunteer as disaster chaplains in mass-care ...


UMC Responds to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

6/27/2014

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS The United Methodist Church is launching an Ebola Emergency Response Plan in the face of an outbreak of the deadly disease in the West African countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. The area of concentration is the Kailahun District in Sierra Leone, which joins Guinea and Liberia but extends beyond. The 599 cases reported as of June 20 suggest the largest Ebola surge in history. The disease has a death rate of 50 to 60 percent. The church effort involves ...


Disaster Response: Still a great need for Early Response Teams

by: Randy Burbank

5/12/2014

There is still a great need for Early Response Teams throughout our Conference. Due to the number of states currently involved in Disasters of their own, we cannot count on as much help as we have received in times past. Register your Team on our website at www.northalabamaumc.org/DisasterResponse.  Your group will then be assigned according to the most urgent need at the time.  If your church does not have a team, please contact us and we will help build teams based on dates when you can help. ...


Disaster Response: Tuscaloosa Area response

by: Randy Burbank

5/8/2014

The EMA has asked that United Methodist teams are requested to go to the Cottondale area to Whispering Lane and Clements Road to work in Tuscaloosa.


Disaster Response: More Volunteers Requested

by: Randy Burbank

5/6/2014

We have received requests for assistance from the city of Adamsville as well as the area around Boaz, Alabama.  In Adamsville, they are accepting Spontaneous Unaffiliated Volunteers this week.  These are people who are not attached to a trained team.  The Volunteer Registration Center for Adamsville is located at the Adamsville Senior Center  4819 Main Street, Adamsville, Alabama  35005.  Contact person is John Cameron 205-288-1955 For the Boaz Area, call 211 and ask for the Volunteer ...


Disaster Response - More areas requesting teams!

by: Danette Clifton

5/1/2014

More areas requesting teams! We are in desperate need of local and out-of-conference ERTs to help with response in multiple areas of the state.  If your team would like to help, please complete our online registration form or call Lori Feist at 205-226-7909.  The forms for the individual members are available on the Disaster Response page of the conference website: www.northalabamaumc.org/disasterresponse . The team leader will need to register the team at the Volunteer Reception Center for the ...


Disaster Response: Tuscaloosa is open for ERTs

by: Randy Burbank

4/30/2014

Tuscaloosa is open for ERTs.  To volunteer contact Lori Feist in the Conference Disaster Response and Recovery office at 205-226-7980. Also, please register your team online with the Conference at www.northalabamaumc.org/disasterresponse and follow the link to the necessary forms. Please notify The Conference Disaster Response Office of the following: teams that are sent the number in the team how many hours you served A reminder to volunteers:  For “In-Conference” teams, the Team Leader must ...


Disaster Response Update: Tuesday morning, April 29, 2014

by: Randy Burbank

4/29/2014

A Message from Conference Disaster Coordinator Rev. Randy Burbank NO ERTs are to respond yet.  We must wait until we receive clearance from EMA officials. A reminder to volunteers:  For “In-Conference” teams, the Team Leader must have a current ERT badge.  Team members must have been through training within the past 5 years.  Please watch for future emails as damage and needs are assessed.


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