Disaster Response News

Vaughn UMC celebrates rebirth just in time for Easter

By SYBIL DAVIDSON  In April 2011, severe storms caused damage from one side of Georgia to the other. The rural community of Vaughn in the Griffin District was hit hard.      Thirteen houses in one neighborhood and Vaughn UMC, the 107-year-old church that sat atop a hill, were destroyed.     UM churches across the North Georgia Conference sprang into action. The following Sunday they collected special offerings and mission teams signed up to work.      Two years later, as the world-wide ...

Disaster Response Report: Severe Storm Causes Damage Across North Georgia

The Conference Disaster Response Team is aware of damage in many communities following last night's severe storms. If your church or parsonage is damaged, please contact your chair of Trustees, your insurance company and your District Superintendent. Trained Early Reponse Teams, chainsaw teams and mission teams are ready to respond as needs are formally assessed. Georgia Emergency Management reports one fatality, several injuries and damage ranging from downed trees to hail damage to major ...

Update on Tornado Recovery in Bartow and Gordon Counties

From Rev. Thom Shores Conference Disaster Response Chair We want to thank all of the ERT and Chainsaw teams that have responded to the initial cleanup in both Bartow and Gordon Counties. A tremendous amount of work has been accomplished in a relatively short amount of time.   Bartow County has now transitioned into the rebuild stage and is inviting volunteer groups to come help with this effort. Groups or individuals should call the Church of God in Adairsville that is still acting as the ...

Update: Responding to Northwest Georgia Tornadoes

(Updated Feb. 6) The week after tornadoes and severe storms struck northwest Georgia and other parts of the southeast, most areas are just completing emergency phase and are not ready to accept volunteers. There are several websites your church and your mission teams can monitor for updates, in addition to  Georgia's Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) website is: There you can find reliable, current information on volunteer ...

Fund Number Established for Northwest Georgia Tornado Response

The North Georgia Conference has set up Fund Number 3743 to support the Conference Disaster Response for yesterday's storms. The title of this fund is Disaster Response - Tornado Winter 2013. Members can drop a check in any North Georgia UMC offering plate made out to the church with "Tornado Winter 2013" in memo line. Churches, groups, other donors can mail checks noting Fund 3743 to:  Conference Treasurer's Office PO Box 102417 Atlanta, GA 30368-2417

Disaster Response: Update on Georgia Tornados and Severe Weather

Tornadoes, high winds and heavy rains resulting in flooding have hit many of our Georgia counties today. Just after 11 am a tornado struck the Adairsville area causing significant damage and at least one fatality. Other areas are also reporting tornado or straight line wind damage. We will have a better assessment of the damage and what we as a Conference can do to assist those affected after the storm system passes and we can safely get into the affected areas.   We are in communication with ...

General Board of Discipleship Recruiting Youth and Young Adults to Help with Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

A two-year effort called the Restoration Generation initiative soon will begin enlisting United Methodist youth and young adults to help rebuild the homes, lives and spirits of people in areas left ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. Beginning this summer, thousands of youth and young adults will be mobilized to work in collaboration with groups already involved in the storm recovery effort, said Michael Ratliff, associate general secretary of the Young People’s Ministries division of the General Board ...

ERT Opportunity in New Jersey

ERT teams are needed and have been invited to assist with the Hurricane Sandy cleanup. A specific request to us has come from West Long Branch, New Jersey. They can house several teams and have two other neighboring churches that will also house teams. The situation is desperate with a huge amount work to be done. If your church’s ERT team would like to respond please contact Marty Darling at Old First UMC in West Long Branch at 732-996-3908. Your response will be greatly appreciated by all ...

Thousands of Sandy Survivors Know the Church Cares

By Susan Kim UMCOR ~ One thousand Early Response Team (ERT) members working in severely damaged homes on Long Island alone. ~ Four thousand cleaning buckets handed directly to storm survivors in New Jersey's hardest-hit coastal towns – and thousands more given across the rest of the state. ~ Three thousand hot meals served from a single church in the devastated city of Crisfield, MD. One month after Hurricane Sandy struck, it's possible to summarize the church's response in numbers, though these...

Sandy Response Update: Cleaning Buckets and School Kits Needed

More than 16,000 UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) cleaning buckets have already been distributed in five states from Maryland to New York in response to super-storm Sandy. We are asking churches in the North Georgia Conference to assemble cleaning buckets and school kits to be distributed as well. We will collect the kits and deliver them to the appropriate warehouse. There are several collection sites in our conference where you can take assembled kits. Please call the churches ...

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