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In mid-2016, volunteers at the United Methodist Disaster Warehouse in Decatur devised and began making a collection of disaster response items they call a “Tornado Bucket.” It contains items that frequently have been requested of them following tornados. Disaster Response Warehouse Volunteers provide these buckets to storm survivors along with UMCOR supplies such as health kits, cleaning buckets, tarps, etc.

As tornado season in Alabama approaches, the volunteers at the United Methodist Disaster Warehouse are encouraging local congregations to help them prepare by building these kits and renewing their supplies. They suggest each adult Sunday School class build two tornado buckets – one to keep at the local church and one to send to the United Methodist Disaster Warehouse in Decatur that can be shipped to those affected by storms as needed.

Tornado Bucket Supply List

  • 1 large medicine bottle of roofing nails
  • 1 pair leather palm-cloth backs gloves [used for debris cleanup]
  • 1 magic marker [to mark boxes]
  • 1 roll wide cellophane tape [for boxes]
  • 15 large black trash bags with drawstrings [for trash]
  • 10 clear or white 33 gal kitchen trash bags with drawstrings [for salvageable items]
  • 10 gallon zip lock bags [for small salvageable items]
  • 1 box cutter
  • 1 roll of toilet tissue in a zip lock bag
  • 1 claw hammer [for tarping roof]
  • 1 pair safety glasses
  • 6 large clear plastic bags [to cover blown out windows]
  • 1 pencil, shirt-pocket size notebook & pencil sharpener [for notes and family to do lists]
  • 3 tampons or pads in a snack size zip lock bag
  • 1 flashlight and separate batteries (appropriate number and size for flashlight)
  • 1 insect repellant
  • 1 bucket lid wrench/opener (taped to outside of the bucket to open bucket)

Attach to the outside of the bucket (not the top) a list of what is in the bucket printed on church letterhead. If you have questions concerning the tornado buckets, please contact the United Methodist Disaster Relief Warehouse at 256-341-9961.

Groups of all ages and sizes can be a part of Disaster Response ministry by collecting items and compiling Disaster Response kits. In addition to tornado buckets, groups can make UMCOR kits such as cleaning buckets or health kits. Go to www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies for instructions for UMCOR kits. Once the kits are complete you can deliver them to the United Methodist Disaster Warehouse.

Please remember the United Methodist Disaster Response Warehouse is staffed by volunteers. Before delivering any supplies to the Warehouse please arrange your drop off time by calling 256-341-9961.

Volunteers are always needed and welcome at the United Methodist Disaster Response Warehouse. Please contact the Warehouse for details and to schedule your group.

The United Methodist Disaster Response Warehouse is located at 3220 Hwy 31 South, Building F, Decatur, AL 35603.

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