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Flood Response: April 7, 2014

by: Randy Burbank


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


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


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


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


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 ...

UMCOR Grant Meets Emergency Needs in Philippines


The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) approved an emergency grant in response to Super Typhoon Haiyan, a category 5 storm, which barreled through the Philippines on Friday, November 8. The $97,000 grant will provide emergency food, water, and water purification tablets to 7,500 individuals (or 1,500 families) in Tacloban City, Leyte Province, an area worst hit by the typhoon.  To ensure that food is delivered in a timely fashion, it has been UMCOR’s strategy to purchase food locally...

Tropical Storm Karen Update 2

by: Randy Burbank


Tropical Storm Karen Update 2 After the Conference call with Alabama V.O.A.D. here is the latest information:  At the current time it is anticipated that this will be primarily a rain event.  Winds are anticipated to be at tropical storm strength when it makes landfall.  Churches with Early Response Teams may be needed for clean up and flooding damage, but remember that we will only respond if we receive an invitation from the Alabama West Florida Conference.  Should that invitation be extended ...

Disaster Response Update: Tropical Storm Karen

by: Randy Burbank


Tropical Storm Karen Tropical Storm Karen is forming in the Gulf of Mexico.  A hurricane watch extends from Grand Isle eastward to Panama City Beach.  I want to encourage everyone to begin planning for our response as an Annual Conference.  Your Disaster Response Office will be notifying you of any needs that may be presented as a result of this weather event.  If you or your congregation would like to volunteer in any way, email this office with what you or your congregation can do as soon as ...

Request for Early Response Teams - Rocky Mountain Conference

by: Randy Burbank


Below is the request for Early Response Teams for the Rocky Mountain Conference due to the recent flooding in Colorado.   Please read carefully and schedule any teams through their Coordinator.  PLEASE do not respond without first contacting their Disaster Response Team. From UMVIM SEJ: The invitation for Emergency Response Teams has been extended by Rev. Gary Haddock, the Disaster Response Coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Conference, in response to the damaging floods in Colorado. Team ...

New Early Response Team (ERT) trainers complete "train the trainer" course


On August 12-13, 2013, a two-day training was held at the United Methodist Center in Birmingham to train new Early Response Team (ERT) trainers. Barbara Tripp, consultant for United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), led the training. Eleven people completed the course - nine from the North Alabama Conference and two from the Alabama-West Florida Conference. The participants were (from left to right) Mike Butler, Charlie Brown, Pat Shubird (Alabama-West Florida Conference.), Ken Clements, ...

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