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Disaster Response: Winter Storms in South Georgia

1/23/2017
Zoar UMC in Baxley sustained major damage to their sanctuary during Saturday night's storms. Photo: SGAUMC As our neighbors in South Georgia begin the recovery process following the weekend's deadly storms, North Georgia United Methodists are encouraged to hold the affected communities in prayer. To donate to local disaster response efforts, please use Fund Number 3743. UMCOR Early Response Teams and interested individuals should contact Luis Morales, South Georgia Conference Disaster ...



Bishop Sue Visits Hurricane Matthew Sites, Calls for North Georgia Teams

12/8/2016
North Georgia's bishop recently traveled to disaster response sites in South Carolina and North Carolina to visit with residents, talk with Conference leaders, and to offer a hand from our Annual Conference to theirs.  She spent time in both Nichols, SC, and Lumberton, NC -- two of the towns where Hurricane Matthew's landfall in October caused the most destruction. Flooding wasn't predicted in either location and the damage was unexpected, devastating, and wide-spread. In Nichols, 85 percent ...

Disaster Response: After Hurricane Matthew North Georgia Teams Needed

10/21/2016
Updated November 1 There are a staggering number of Disaster Response and mission team needs between the recent Hurricane Matthew impact and all the disasters of the last year. Because we in North Georgia are uniquely positioned and mostly unaffected by the disasters, we can make big a difference in our neighbor's recovery -- particularly in the 6 weeks to 6 months. Please consider giving, going, and praying.  If your team is deployed, please share your plans with the North Georgia Conference ...



Disaster Response Update: Responding to Hurricane Hermine

9/2/2016
Much of the Florida panhandle and the gulf coast has been preparing since Thursday for Hurricane Hermine to make landfall. Most of the northern part of Florida, all of south Georgia and parts of middle Georgia are under a tropical storm warning for sustained winds of 35 mph. A flash flood watch has also been issued for parts of middle and eastern Georgia, on the inland side of the hurricane path.  Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for 56 counties in southern and middle Georgia ...



Responding to Flooding in Louisiana: Request for ERT Teams

8/25/2016
(Updated Aug. 30) Please join us in praying for those affected by the flooding in Louisiana. UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is working with the Louisiana Conference to respond. The Louisiana Conference has extended an invitation for ERT teams to work in the areas effected by recent floods. For details and to register as an individual or team visit:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UMCVolunteerRegistration There is great need for UMCOR Cleaning Kits ("Flood Buckets"). Find ...



UMCOR Responding to West Virginia Flooding

6/26/2016
Last week, parts of West Virginia saw some of worst flooding the state has seen in three decades. The floods claimed 23 lives and damaged or destroyed thousands of homes. Please join us in praying for the people of West Virginia. UMCOR is working with local officials to respond. Those who wish to support UMCOR’s response to, and preparedness for, disasters in the US, are always encouraged to give to the US Disaster Response Advance #901670 (directly to UMCOR) or Fund #4390 when giving through ...



North Georgia Team Helps as Flood Recovery Continues in South Carolina

12/31/2015
Team leader Rev. Michael Dunar helping with Flood recovery at Canaan UMC. Photo courtesy of the South Carolina Conference. By Matt Brodie South Carolina Conference It’s been more than three months since the congregation at Canaan United Methodist Church, Ridgeville, felt the devastating effects of the historic flooding in South Carolina. But even though the floodwaters have long since receded, the aftermath is still strongly felt. The congregation has been unable to worship at Canaan since the ...



Responding to Disaster: Mount Pisgah ERT Team Reports on South Carolina Flood Recovery

10/29/2015
South Carolina was devastated by a 1,000 year flood in early October. Trained ERTs (Early Response Teams) from Mount Pisgah UMC,  Norcross First UMC, Alpharetta First UMC and Bethlehem UMC were among the first to respond in North Georgia.  Below is a report from Mount Pisgah's team: We were deployed to Charleston, South Carolina, and were on the front lines for recovery from October 18-22. Our first mission was to clean out the home of George and Jean* who had flood water two feet high ...



Update: ERT Teams needed in South Carolina, Coordination Plans are in Place

10/14/2015
Note to ERTs: Individuals and Teams October 14, 2015 If you are an ERT in the North Georgia Conference and have called the SC hotline and verified where you are going, pleae let the North Georgia Conference know by emailing ngumcdisasterteams@gmail.com. Cindy and JR Campbell are coordinating among North Georgia teams.  If you are a trained ERT and would like to join a team please email the above address. There may be opportunities for one or two individuals to join another North Georgia Team. ...



Rio Texas Annual Conference Extends Invitation for Trained ERT Teams

5/28/2015
Volunteers assemble at First United Methodist Church of San Marcos. Photo by Rev. Todd Salmi The Rio Texas Conference has extended an invitation for trained ERT teams to deploy to areas affected by the flooding in Texas.  They are currently deploying teams in Wimberley and San Marcos but may have additional areas within the week.    Teams should register at http://riotexas.org/flood-updates. They will then be contacted by the Rio Texas Conference ERT team coordinator. They have churches that ...



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