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North Georgia ERTs Grow in Number

9/28/2017
Photo: Mount Pisgah UMC ERTs at work recently in the South Georgia Conference.  With a class of 34 newly trained UMCOR Early Response Team members, the North Georgia Conference grows its number of badged ERTs to 108.  ERTs fill a specific need in the days soon after a natural disaster. ERTs remove debris, clean out flood-damaged homes, listen to survivors and otherwise help to prevent further property damage while providing a caring Christian presence. ERT volunteers are different from general...



Disaster Response To Do List (And a Few Don'ts)

9/20/2017
Many United Methodists across North Georgia have been inspired to delve deeper into disaster response ministry as neighbors to the west, south, and east have experienced devastation. We checked in with Disaster Response ministry pros and asked what should we do (and what should we not do) to be most helpful.  What To Do To Do: Contact your local Red Cross and the local emergency management for your county or region. Ask how your church members or your church facility can be a resource or ...



Prayers and Giving: North Georgia Responds to Irma

9/18/2017
Photo: Stained glass from Trinity on the Hill UMC, Augusta, which served as a Red Cross shelter for Hurricane Irma evacuees.   Updated September 21 Our Conference Disaster Response Team is working with the Red Cross, GEMA, FEMA, our neighboring Annual Conferences, other faith partners and non-profits following the aftermath of Hurricane Irma to ensure our efforts are coordinated and effective. In our Conference, two North Georgia Conference church buildings had tree damage and one church ...



Notes from Our Connection: Florida Conference Prepares

9/10/2017
We are praying for our neighbors as Hurricane Irma comes on shore in South Florida. Bishop Ken Carter has been updating his conference on preparations that are underway and plans in place. Read on to see how the Florida Annual Conference is serving even as it faces the storm.  9/6 (Wednesday) The Florida Conference has strong teams and clear processes in place as we anticipate the coming of Hurricane Irma. A call center will be functional and superintendents have plans of action for their ...

Damage to Your Church? Protocols For Pastor and Trustee Chair

9/8/2017
With some areas of North Georgia anticipating severe weather as Hurricane Irma comes inland, it's a good time to familiarize yourself with protocols for what to do when disaster strikes your church building or church property. The pastor and trustee chair each have calls to make.  Immediately following a disaster, the pastor of a local church inspects damage to any/all church property and makes phone calls to (1) the District Superintendent and (2) the Trustee Chair for their local church.  ...

Prayer From Bishop Sue As Hurricane Irma Approaches Florida

9/7/2017
  “O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come. Our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home."   As Hurricane Irma churns toward my home state of Florida, I find myself praying on several fronts, and I invite you to join me in prayer:   I pray for our brothers and sisters in the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, the Turks and Caicos, Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua, Tortola and the British Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Cuba, Haiti, and the ...



Prayers for All in the Path of the Storm: North Georgia Response to Harvey

9/7/2017
Updated September 8, 3 p.m. NOTE: We have received requests for badged ERT Teams in Texas and Louisiana. Currently certified UMCOR Emergency Response Team members can find details under "ERT Teams" below.  Over the past week the people of the North Georgia Conference have rallied to the aid of our neighbors hit by Hurricane Harvey. They continue even as they begin preparation to give aid to those impacted by Hurricane Irma. Humble servants are volunteering many hours to coordinate our ...



Wespath Offers Resource For Coping After a Storm

8/31/2017
North Georgia United Methodists have access to a free resources for coping after a storm or flooding. Wespath has offered the services of Optum, the Employee Assistance Provider (EAP) provider for HealthFlex. Optum has put together resources for natural disasters and makes them available to our Annual Conferences free of charge. You do not need to be covered by HealthFlex to use these services. Optum is also offering a free emotional support help line for people impacted by Hurricane Irma. This...



Ask a Disaster Coordinator: Why Give to UMCOR?

8/29/2017
As we get Disaster Response questions we'll run them past our Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, Rev. Scott Parrish. Here's a good one! Question: With so many response organizations out there, why give to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief)? Answer: United Methodist churches, through what we once called One Great Hour of Sharing and now call UMCOR Sunday, plus undesignated gifts to UMCOR, provide the funding for UMCOR's slim staff and administrative overhead. That allows 100% ...



Volunteers Needed at UMCOR Office in Atlanta

7/21/2017
Here’s an opportunity for office volunteers that could be fun for individuals or “friend groups” of 2 or 3 people from a church. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED UMCOR is seeking willing volunteers to help make badges for dedicated early response team members and others who respond to humanitarian need following disasters. An UMCOR badge reassures survivors and officials alike of the wearer’s connection to UMCOR and the people of the United Methodist Church. Volunteers for badge-making will receive training,...



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