Tornado damage from last week's storms is being assessed by each annual conference and the North Georgia Disaster Response Team is prepared to go where we are needed and to keep you informed so that you, your team, and your church can best reach out.
Scroll to the bottom of this page to find ways you can help the people effected by the tornadoes.
UMCOR Executives Travel to Hard-hit Areas
The Rev. Tom Hazelwood, US Disaster Response executive for the UM Committee on Relief (UMCOR) traveled Monday, Mar. 5, to areas affected by the Feb. 29 tornadoes. “I was in immediate contact with conference personnel from several of the affected areas to let them know that UMCOR stands ready to assist them,” Hazelwood reported.
Among those Hazelwood reached was Charles Wilfong, Indiana Annual Conference South District Superintendent, who reported widespread damage in the district, especially in the towns of Henryville, Marysville, Pekin, and Palmyra. Hazelwood also spoke with Indiana Conference Bishop Michael Coyner and with Bishop Gregory Palmer of Illinois Great Rivers Conference.
Early Saturday morning, conference Disaster Response personnel in hard-hit areas, including Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee, reported that they had already begun assessments of the damages caused by the severe weather that struck 12 states. News reports indicated that as of Sunday evening (Mar. 4) 39 people were known to have been killed in the storms.
In an e-mail message, the Rev. Julie Hager Love, director of Connectional Ministries of the Kentucky Annual Conference, reported “major, major damage” in the town of West Liberty in eastern Kentucky, as well as significant storm damage and flooding in other parts of the conference. Kentucky and southern Indiana suffered the greatest number of casualties due to the tornadoes.
WHAT WE CAN DO NOW
• Pray: Pray for all who have been affected by these tornadoes and storms.
• Donate: Give to 2012 Tornado fund #4390 via the North Georgia Conference. All monies collected will be tallied and then forwarded to UMCOR. Please send payments to The Tresurer's Office/4511 jones Bridge Road/Norcross, GA 30039, and in the memo line write "2012 Tornado fund #4390." You may also donate directly to UMCOR Advance #901670 and choose Tornadoes 2012 from the drop-down menu at www.umcor.org.
• Train: North Georgia Disaster Response is offering a major training event March 17 with classes ranging from Early Responder training and chainsaw certification, to neighborhood ministries workshop. Register at http://www.ngumc.org/events/detail/5166