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


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


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


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 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


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


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


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


photo from 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


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

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


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


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 ...

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