North Alabama and UMCOR reach out to winter storm victims


Last week snow and ice storms hit Kentucky and other areas of the country.  As the storms were sending people out of their homes to find heat and food in local shelters, North Alabama United Methodists were in action to help respond to this natural disaster.

On Friday evening, Jan. 30, 2009, Rev. Jimmy Owens, the Kentucky Conference Disaster Coordinator, called the Northwest District Disaster Warehouse looking for blankets and other items to be used in shelters housing storm victims in Kentucky.

The next morning, North Alabama volunteers were headed north to deliver the supplies so that in less than 24 hrs. after receiving the call, UMCOR and the North Alabama United Methodist Disaster Warehouse volunteers were unloading supplies in Beaver Dam, KY.

When the volunteers arrived in Kentucky they learned that due to the enormity of the storm, the United Methodist Church in Beaver Dam could not hold all the people who needed a warm place to stay.  So the shelter had to be moved to Southern Elementary School.

The supplies were dropped off at the new shelter location which was expected to hold 300 people that evening.

The supplies included

  • 300 Blankets
  • 140 Health Kits
  • 4 cases Paper Towels
  • 4 cases Jumbo toilet paper
  • 2 jumbo toilet paper dispensers
  • 200 bottles of Water
  • 40 bottles of Juice
  • 2 cases regular toilet paper
  • 200 bars of hand soap
  • 2,400 16 oz plastic drinking cups
  • 2 cases of napkins
  • 1 dozen liquid hand soap
  • 6 bottles of laundry soap

This shipment means that the Northwest District Disaster Warehouse is now out of Health Kits.

You can your congregation can collect supplies or money to replenish the supply, so we can once again be on the ready to respond with the love of Christ when disaster strikes.

For information on Health Kits go to

To set up a delivery of Health Kits and supplies you can call the North Alabama United Methodist Disaster Warehouse  at (256) 341-9961

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