Thanks to individuals and Early Response Teams from all over the United States, areas in North Georgia are now moving from an early response phase to a recovery (rebuilding) phase following the flooding last month.
Disaster Response will be involved in assessments for the next two weeks to determine where the needs are for long-term recovery. Once the assessments are completed volunteers will be able to transition into long-term recovery mode.
The Call Center, managed by United Methodist Volunteers In Mission and the North Georgia Conference Disaster Response Team, will remain open during this transition time. Teams with rebuilding skills (contractors, plumbers, UMVIM teams with previous rebuilding experience) are encouraged to call the center to indicate what skills they have and their available dates so that they can be matched up with those in need of help. The number for the call center is 678.533.1443. Hours are Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Flood buckets are still needed – whether to use in North Georgia or to replenish the supply at Sager Brown. If your church or organization can donate buckets, please visit http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umcor/getconnected/supplies/flood-bucket/ for a list of supplies. Once the supplies are collected you can contact the call center to coordinate delivery.
Check back to www.ngumc.org regularly for more information as the transition is made to the long-term recovery phase.