Tropical Storm Karen Update 2


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 we will promptly send out the invitation.  From Mobile and Baldwin County agencies, they report they have a well stocked supply of water and food at the time.  If there are others needs we will post it as soon as they become available.

We also have this word from the Disaster Response Warehouse in Decatur.  They currently have a good supply of Cleaning Buckets (30 Sept. 2013 inventory count is 1,730 verified buckets), but if anyone wants to provide more, the Warehouse has empty buckets and insect repellant on hand, reducing the cost of the buckets to about $40, meaning you could do more buckets for the same amount of money.  Contact the Warehouse at:  (256) 341-9961.  If you or a group would like to volunteer to serve at the Warehouse, call this same number to arrange a time.  A special thanks to the Disaster Warehouse Team for their due diligence and service.

The biggest need currently is the health/hygiene kits.  Kits may be dropped off at the Disaster Warehouse (call before going to insure someone will be there) or if it is closer, you may bring them to the United Methodist Center on the campus of Birmingham Southern College Monday through Thursday.  Here are the directions for the Health Kits.  Please follow the instructions completely.

Health Kits

Value: $ 12

  • 1 hand towel 15” x 25” to 17”x 27” (kitchen, cleaning and microfiber towels not acceptable)
  • 1 washcloth
  • 1 comb (comb needs to be sturdy and at least 8” long; no pocket combs or picks please; rattail combs and combs without handles are acceptable)
  • 1 metal nail file or clipper (no emery boards or toenail clippers please)
  • 1 bath size soap (3 oz. and larger sizes only; all brands are acceptable; do not remove from original packaging)
  • 1 toothbrush (adult size only; do not remove from original packaging)
  • 6 adhesive bandages, ¾” to 1 “ size (common household band aids)
  • 1 one gallon size sealable bags only
  • $1 to purchase toothpaste

Assembly Directions

Set the $1.00 for toothpaste aside to be included in a separate envelope. Lay out the hand towe lflat on a table.  Lay the washcloth flat in the center of the hand towel.  Place all remaining items on top of the wash cloth.  Fold over the sides of the hand towel to cover all of the items.  Fold over one end of the hand towel so that it covers all of the items.

Grasp the bundle of items tightly and roll over the remainder of the hand towel tightly.  Place the tightly rolled bundle in the plastic bag.  Remove as much air as possible and seal the bag.  One kit is distributed for each member of a family (family of 2 receives 2, family of 4 receives 4, etc.)

Important Notes

  • All items must be new.
  • Do not wash any of the items as they will be considered used.
  • Please remove all packaging except where indicated to keep the original packaging.
  • All emergency kits are carefully planned to make them usable in the greatest number of situations.  Since strict rules often govern product entry into international countries, it is important that kits contain only the requested items – nothing more.
  • DO NOT include any personal notes, money or additional material in the kits.  These things must be painstakingly removed and will delay the shipment.  UMCOR 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. 
  • Do not put single dollar bills in each kit.  Collect all monies for toothpaste and shipping (an additional $1 per kit, $1.50 for cleaning buckets) place it in a separate envelope and send along with the kits.


In His Grace,
Randy Burbank
Disaster Response Coordinator
North Alabama Annual Conference United Methodist Church
Disaster Recovery Special Projects Director
Office:  205.226.7980
Fax: 205.226.7945

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