Disaster Response Updates (Updated March 13, 2019)

3/4/2019

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Here is the website from Lee County EMA concerning drop off locations for supplies in that area.

https://leecoema.com/

In His Grace,
Randy Burbank
Disaster Response and Recovery Coordinator for the North Alabama Annual Conference
Email: rburbank@umcna.org

Message from the Disaster Warehouse in Decatur

The United Methodist Disaster Warehouse in Decatur is currently responding to needs in both Lee County (tornadoes) and the Northwest area of Alabama (flooding). The Warehouse volunteers are currently shipping to both disasters. According to Executive Director of the Disaster Warehouse Rev. Ray Crump, the needs are constantly changing.

Currently, the known supply needs are as follows:

  • Bow Rakes (Garden NOT leaf rakes.)
  • 2 gallon Garden Sprayers
  • Box fans
  • 25’ three wire extension cords
  • Large two-wheeled wheelbarrows Yellow or Red at (Lowes/Home Depot)
  • UMCOR Cleaning buckets
  • Tornado buckets
  • Number 8 Common nails
  • Clear Safety glasses
  • Packing tape from Dollar Tree (about 1 ½” wide)

Deliver your collected supplies to the United Methodist Disaster Response Warehouse at 3220 Hwy 31 South, Building F, Decatur, AL 35603. Volunteers are very busy and will not be able to travel to your location to pick up any donations. Also, please call the Warehouse at 256-341-9961 before making your delivery to alert the volunteers of the incoming supplies.

As always, you and your church group may volunteer to help at the Warehouse. Call today to schedule a time to serve 256-341-9961.

 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Lee County:

I have been in contact with Trinity United Methodist Church in Opelika, our distribution center.  They are doing well on requested supplies, but now needing gift cards from places such as Walmart, Lowes, and Home Depot. They also need no-perishable foods to help feeding the community, workers and volunteers. 
Trinity is located at:

Trinity United Methodist Church
800 2nd Ave
Opelika, AL 36801
334-400-3285
Drop Off at their Fellowship Hall. Please call ahead before you deliver supplies.


Northwest Alabama Flooding:

And as you know there has been significant flooding in Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale Counties. Tuscumbia First UMC will be the distribution point for Cleaning Buckets and other supplies provided by the Warehouse in Decatur. Since most of the people impacted by the flooding did not have Flood Insurance, there is going to be a great financial need to help them repair their homes. This is the best way to help them.

Due to our disasters and disasters in our state and neighboring states, the Disaster Warehouse in Decatur is extremely busy.  They need lots of volunteers to help prepare shipments and sort donations.  The Warehouse is located at 3220 Hwy 31 South, Building F, Decatur, AL 35603. Call (256) 341-9961 to schedule an hour, 2 hours, a day or a week.

In His Grace,
Randy Burbank
Disaster Response and Recovery Coordinator for the North Alabama Annual Conference
Email: rburbank@umcna.org

 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

This just in from Lee County:

The Lee County Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) is planning to open on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 10 a.m. location to be announced.

If your organization is responding in Lee County tomorrow, please coordinate your efforts with Chandler Williams, United Way of Lee County - 334-750-8174 or chandler@unitedwayofleecounty.com.

Once the VRC is open, the Lee County Emergency manager has asked that each organization / group coordinate response efforts through the VRC.

Here is the latest list of items needed.  Please, stay with this list:

  • Diapers
  • Bottled Water
  • Non-Perishable Food
  • Granola Bars
  • Baby Formula
  • Baby Wipes
  • Hygiene Products
  • Feminine Products
  • Air Mattresses
  • Large heavy duty trash bags
  • Gloves
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Warm Clothes
  • Blankets
  • Towels
  • Pillows  
  • Tools (Shovels, Hoes, etc)

One of the Drop Off locations is:
Trinity United Methodist Church
800 2nd Ave
Opelika, AL 36801
334-400-3285
Drop Off at their Fellowship Hall. Please call ahead before you deliver supplies.

In His Grace,
Randy Burbank
Disaster Response and Recovery Coordinator for the North Alabama Annual Conference
Email: rburbank@umcna.org
 


Monday, March 4, 2019

I have been in contact with Rob Haynes, the Disaster Response and Recovery Coordinator for the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference. He shared with me that Lee County is still in the emergency phase, meaning they are not yet receiving any volunteers or supplies other than those requested from our Warehouse and other sources. As soon as more information is made available to us, we will pass it along to you.

We have not yet received information from Lauderdale and Colbert Counties concerning volunteers needed for their recent flooding. As soon as we find out more we will pass that information along to you as well.

Continue your prayers for the survivors of both events. And thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus in times of crisis.

In His Grace,
Randy Burbank
Disaster Response and Recovery Coordinator for the North Alabama Annual Conference
Email: rburbank@umcna.org

 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

There has been significant flooding in Lauderdale and Colbert Counties in the Northwest District. According to local EMA offices, they are still in the Emergency Phase. As waters recede, there will be homes needing to be mucked out.

If any other areas have flood or wind damage, please call me as soon as possible.

We'll let everyone know when we receive the green light to proceed. Plan now to assist survivors in the near future. ERT badges are not required.

Watch for information on where to register for volunteers and teams.

In His Grace,
Randy Burbank
Disaster Response and Recovery Coordinator
North Alabama Conference of the UMC
Email: rburbank@umcna.org
Office: 205-932-6244
Cell: 205.907.2657


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