North Alabama Conference responding to flooding disaster - more supplies needed


As flood waters cover parts of the Southeast, the United Methodist Church is in action responding to this natural disaster. The North Alabama Conference is part of this response effort.

On Tuesday, September 21, the Northwest District Disaster Warehouse received a request from the North Georgia Conference Disaster Response Coordinator requesting 400 Flood Buckets.

Northwest District Disaster Response Coordinator Rev. Ray Crump says, “On Wednesday, September 23, we shipped 211 Flood /cleaning buckets to the North Georgia Annual Conference. We partnered with the TN Annual Conference, who added another 100 buckets and both conferences sent all that were really to ship. Trussville First UMC is to meet the truck on Interstate 20 as they go from Birmingham to Atlanta and add more buckets.”

“This is every Flood bucket we had. Please urge all churches to immediately start collecting items for flood buckets, Crump adds”

Your congregation can contribute to this response by collecting items for additional Flood Buckets and Health Kits.  You can then deliver the kits  to one of two North Alabama Conference area locations. The North Alabama Disaster Response team is working with UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) to make sure the supplies are delivered where they should go. Delivering them to a local warehouse or drop-off spot will save your congregation the expense of shipping them to the Sagar Brown Warehouse in Louisiana. Plus, it will also keep the needed supplies closer to the effected areas.

Location 1 is the Northwest District Warehouse near Decatur. Click here for information about both the Northwest District area warehouse. This warehouse is staffed by volunteers.  So make sure you call before you plan your trip to the warehouse. Call (256) 341-9961 to set up your drop off time.

Location 2 is the United Methodist Center in BirminghamClick here for directions to the Center.  Conference Director of Mission and Advocacy Rev. Matt Lacey will accept these donations, so please contact Matt to coordinate your drop off time.  You may call him at (205) 226-7962 or 800-239-7950.

Below are the Flood Bucket (also called a Cleaning Bucket) and Health Kit supply lists.

Cleaning Bucket Kit Items
Value: $55 per bucket.

  • 5-gallon bucket with resealable lid
  • Bleach (two 1-quart or one 82 oz. bottle. Do not include bleach if you are shipping the bucket through the US Postal Service, UPS or FedEx)
  • 5 scouring pads
  • 7 Sponges
  • 1 scrub brush
  • 18 cleaning towels (reusable wipes)
  • Liquid laundry detergent (two 25 oz. or one 50 oz. bottle)
  • 1 household cleaner, 12-16 oz. bottle
  • Disinfectant dish soap, 16-28 oz. bottle
  • 50 clothes pins
  • Clothes line (two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.)
  • 5 dust masks
  • 2 pair latex gloves
  • 1 pair work gloves
  • 24-bag roll of heavy-duty trash bags, 33-45 gallon (remove roll from box before placing in bucket)
  • 1 Insect repellant spray, 6-14 oz. can (If aerosol, cans must have protective caps. See Special Requirements below.)
  • 1 Air freshener, 8 or 9 oz. can

Click here to download a PDF file of the Flood Bucket contents you can print and copy to share with your congregation this weekend.


Health Kit Items
Value: $12 per kit

Place these items inside a sealed one-gallon plastic bag.

  • 1 hand towel (15" x 25" up to 17" x 27", No kitchen towels)
  • 1 washcloth
  • 1 comb (large and sturdy, not pocket-sized)
  • 1 nail file or fingernail clippers (no emery boards or toenail clippers)
  • 1 bath-size bar of soap (3 oz. and up)
  • 1 toothbrush (single brushes only in original wrapper, No child-size brushes)
  • 6 adhesive plastic strip sterile bandages
  • $1.00 to purchase toothpaste (NOTE: UMCOR Sager Brown is now purchasing toothpaste in bulk to be added to health kits before shipping to ensure that the product does not expire before they are sent.)

Click here to download a PDF file of the Health Kit contents you can print and copy to share with your congregation this weekend.

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