Disaster Response Update: March 24 Storms

April 03, 2023

On March 24, parts of Alabama and Mississippi experienced devastating storms and tornadoes. UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) began its response immediately and approved a grant from the Mississippi Conference for emergency relief and gave permission to the North Alabama Conference to use unused funds previously awarded to address the current disaster.

In our own North Alabama Conference, most of the response is being handled on the local level with great support from the United Methodist Disaster Warehouse in Decatur.

The Warehouse welcomes volunteers — from youth to retirees. All volunteer activities are scheduled. Please complete the Volunteer form or call the Warehouse at 256-341-9961 to schedule your group.

The damage in Mississippi is much more extensive. Rev. Vicki White from the Mississippi Conference has reached out to invite volunteers and teams to help in Rolling Fork and other areas. Below are the current needs Mississippi has shared.

  • Continue to pray for all those who have been affected, directly and indirectly.
  • Financial contributions either be mailed to the Mississippi Conference, P O Box 1603, Jackson, MS 39215 or submitted electronically at https://www.paypal.com/US/fundraiser/charity/2411283
  • If you are interested in being a part of an ERT team in one of the many affected areas of Mississippi, please reach out to Willie Morris at morris61@msn.com.
  • If you have questions about the various affected areas in Mississippi and want to volunteer, please reach out to Rev. Frank Newell at fnewell@mississippi-umc.org.

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