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Disaster Response: Call for ERT's

by: Randy Burbank

4/29/2014

Call for ERT's We have received calls for ERTs in two areas.  Starting today we need teams near Boaz.  Contact person to arrange your team is Bill Cater at 256-390-3404 The other area ready for ERTs is Kimberly.  The staging area for Kimberly is the Town Hall, just off Highway 31. You must also 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 ...


Disaster Response: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - Noon Update

by: Danette Clifton

4/29/2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - Noon Update Early Response Teams who would like to respond may pre-register on the Conference website.  The Conference Disaster Response Team will contact you when local authorities allow teams in their areas. NOTE: If teams would like to work in Limestone County they should register with United Way of Limestone at www.unitedwayathenslimestone.com.  They will probably not deploy teams until Thursday or Friday. Free tarps, wooden strips and roofing nails; clean-up ...


Health Kits urgently needed at UM Disaster Warehouse in Decatur

by: Danette Clifton

4/28/2014

Last week The United Methodist Disaster Warehouse in Decatur, Ala., shipped all UMCOR kits to Sager Brown. Executive Director of the UM Disaster Warehouse Rev. Ray Crump says, "We do not have any Health Kits in the warehouse. If there is a tornado anywhere in the seven Southern states, we cannot help with health kits. Help!" Local congregations are asked to help renew the supply by putting together health kits and shipping them to the UM Disaster Warehouse in Decatur. Instructions for the kits ...


Disaster Awareness and Preparedness information from Conference Disaster Coordinator

by: Randy Burbank

4/25/2014

As you are aware, we are approaching the third anniversary of the April 27th storms which means we are now “officially” in our primary storm season.  Here are a few reminders in the event a disaster strikes within our Conference. Remember that immediately after a disaster hits that it is the Emergency Phase.  In this initial phase it is the work of search and rescue by law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical personnel and your local Emergency Management Agency.  We do NOT respond as ...


ServeAlabama offers Volunteer Management Course

by: Randy Burbank

4/8/2014

Serve Alabama, the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Volunteer Service, has scheduled Local Volunteer and Donations Management courses in several North Alabama locations. Course information, dates and locations are provided below. G288 Local Volunteer and Donations Management Information Sheet Course Goal: To provide local emergency management personnel and voluntary agency representatives with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and execute an effective volunteer and donations ...


Flood Response: April 7, 2014

by: Randy Burbank

4/7/2014

News this morning has been filled with images of significant flooding in several areas. Contact is being made with area EMS, EMA and fire departments to offer any assistance that may be needed. We have not yet received any requests for assistance but it is early in this disaster. We now need assessments from the affected areas to prepare our response. If there has been any storm related damages or flooding, first contact your District Disaster Response Coordinators with as much information as ...


Chainsaw Safety Course - March 8

by: Randy Burbank

2/25/2014

Chainsaw Safety Course  The Chainsaw Safety Course on Saturday March 8 still has openings.  The Class will be held at the United Methodist Conference Center (on the Campus of Birmingham-Southern College), large Conference Room on the first floor.  A fee of $15 is payable on the day of the class. New Badging Procedures for Chain Saw Teams: Must attend either our Classes OR the classes offered through Baptist Men’s group (must provide verification, such as certificate or their badge).  If you ...


United Methodists serve as the hands and feet of Christ during winter weather emergency

by: Danette Clifton

1/29/2014

A winter storm brought much of central and south Alabama to a halt this week. However, many North Alabama Conference congregations were quickly in motion as the body of Christ reaching out to people in need. From feeding and sheltering those where were stranded, to organizing volunteers who could provide transportation to help reunite families, to caring for preschool and daycare children overnight, United Methodist pastors and laity selflessly served. Below are a few of the stories pastors and ...


Conference Disaster Response Coordinator offers information on Early Response Team (ERT) recertification

1/13/2014

From the North Alabama Conference Office of Disaster Response: Thanks to everyone for the great work everyone has done since the April 27, 2011, storms and in the response to subsequent storms here and across the world.  In 2011, there were many people who took UMCOR’s Early Response Team (ERT) Training.  ERT badges expire 3 years after they are issued.  This means that many will need to participate in a Recertification Course in order to remain credentialed to continue in ERT ministry. ...


West Virginia

by: Randy Burbank

1/13/2014

There was a serious chemical leak which has affected nine counties in the West Virginia Conference.  Bishop Wallace-Padgett was contacted by Bishop Sandra L. Steiner Ball with the following plea for assistance.  Contact the Disaster Warehouse in Decatur (256-341-9961) or the North Alabama Conference Disaster Response office (205-226-7980)  for more information. Opportunities to help in West Virginia What I've learned today is that premade baby formula (brands  like Similac and Enfamil) is a big ...


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