Disaster Response News

Update from Northeast Conferences: Early Response Teams may register to respond

From Gregory A. Forrester UMVIM NEJ coordinator Many of you from outside the region are looking to physically respond with ERT teams. The Northeastern Jurisdiction has over 1,500 persons trained and badged through our UMCOR process. We have thousands more who have responded to flooding from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.      The Greater NJ conference has 150 ERT and New York conference over 500. These conferences have been fielding their ERT teams this past week. Their Disaster ...

Responding to Sandy: Quotes from across the Connection

Hear from United Methodists across the connection in their own words: "Damage assessments are ongoing and I don’t think the full extent will be known for several days.  It is massive though.  We were able to get some buckets into West Virginia before the snow closed roads and have already sent some into the Norfolk, Va. area. ... Mission Central, Eastbrook Mission Barn and Mission Response Center will be our primary staging areas.  There are already close to 9,000 buckets between them.  ... ...

Responding to Hurricane Sandy

As we begin to respond to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, please consider the following: Give Collect a special offering this Sunday or donate directly to UMCOR Hurricanes 2012 Advance #3021787. You can also text the word RESPONSE to 80888 to give an immediate $10 donation. Assemble Cleaning Buckets (Flood Buckets)  There is a great need for Cleaning Buckets. Instructions on assembling a Cleaning Bucket can be found at or download the list below: How to Assemble UMCOR Cleaning ...

North Georgia Offers Three Upcoming Webinars

The Conference is hosting three upcoming Webinars via Adobe Connect. To participate all you need is a computer with internet connection and a phone. UMVIM Team Leader Training - Online United Methodist Volunteers in Mission is offering a team leader training you can participate in online. The cost is $25. All you need is a computer with internet connection and a phone. The training will be Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact Dalton Rushing at ...

Mississippi needs no outside assistance for storm cleanup

MISSISSIPPI CONFERENCE SEEKS IN-STATE VIM TEAMS ONLY (UMNS) Mississippi Annual Conference has yielded calls from several out-of-state teams. However, Steve Casteel, conference director of communication and connection, said, "We are only in the process of preparing for in-state teams. We will let the jurisdictional offices know when we need other conferences to join us in this effort. It is a pleasure to serve such an incredible connection."

New housing for Haiti Earthquake survivors

MINISTRY WITH THE POOR "This house will last all our lives," said Enolia Pierre, as she jingled the keys to her new home. Pierre sells coffee along the dusty road that leads to Mellier, about an hour-and-a-half drive from Port-au-Prince. The home she shared there with three other adults and nine children was destroyed in the January 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti and stole, according to the United Nations, more than 217,000 lives. In all, 20 people in Mellier and 20 in the town of ...

UMVIM Teams needed for hurricane response in Louisiana

Early Response Teams will complete their initial work in Louisiana Sept. 30. Starting Oct. 1, teams with a trained UMVIM Team Leader are needed to help with the ongoing response. A note from the Louisiana Conference:   The Louisiana Conference is ready to welcome UMVIM teams to the clean-up from Hurricane Isaac. Hurricane Isaac arrived on August 29, 2012 on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. And though Isaac did not bring about the amount of damage caused by Katrina, a reported ...

North Georgia Conference donates $10,000 to Walker County for disaster relief

From   Recently, the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church donated $10,000 to Walker County to support disaster relief efforts. “With the recent up-tick in storms that we have had to contend with, this money will certainly help bring much-needed relief to those most affected,” said Walker County commissioner Bebe Heiskell. Walker County, along with Dade and Catoosa counties, were hit by a string of tornadoes in April 2011 that destroyed much property, ...

Hurricane Isaac Response Update

North Georgia Disaster Response is in "stand by mode" as Isaac makes landfall. Annual Conferences along the Gulf Coast know that our Early Response Teams and other North Georgia responders are available if needed. Updates will be posted here at, and emailed via our Disaster Alert e-newsletter ( to subscribe). For now, join us in praying for those in the line of the storm and those preparing to serve as volunteers and ...

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