May 3: Disaster Response update and volunteer needs


From packing lunches to removing trees, many volunteers are needed across our conference. Continue to check the news page at or for the latest information.  Please find previous disaster response updates below.

In response to the April storms, the Conference Disaster Response Team has set up a call center to help match cleanup and repair needs with volunteer teams. The phone number for the Call Center is 678.533.1443.

Volunteer teams are needed for tree removal. Bobcats with claws on the front are needed for moving cut trees. CONTACT: Bill Hightower - 404-402-0480.

Manchester First UMC is providing lunches for school children that are not in school due to the school being damaged. They need peanut butter and jelly, small waters and individual powdered drink mixes (e.g. Gatorade mix).Volunteers are needed to help prepare the sandwiches Monday - Friday at 10 a.m. at the church (206 Broad St, Manchester). CONTACT: Steven Soulen - 706-601-5368

Chain saws for tree removal and debris cleanup are needed. As are bobcats or small tractors to move trees to curb for pickup. CONTACT: Steven Soulen - 706-601-5368

The Floyd County EMA Crisis Center is located at 300 West 3rd Street, Rome. The center will open May 4 with hours from 8-5, 7 days a week.

Work teams to go out in the field are needed. These include teams of people who can clear debris, certified to run a chainsaw, provide strong backs and willing hearts. Before coming to the Rome/Floyd County area, contact Jim Bradshaw at 770-546-4766.

The Crisis Center will serve as a place to interview storm victims, match needs to volunteers, and distribute some items. Volunteers are needed to serve in the center.  Volunteers are needed to serve in the center for a 4-hour shift (8-1 and 12-5).  These shifts are 7 days a week.  Must have people skills.

Contribution of items will be accepted at Rome Action Ministries, Habitat for Humanity, and The Salvation Army in Rome and Floyd County. Items needed are: Deodorant, soap, razor, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, sunscreen, female hygiene products, diapers, baby wipes, and hand sanitizer, towels, washcloths, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, gloves, and lidded totes (like Rubbermaid storage bins). Gatorade and water are also needed.

Chainsaws needed for tree removal, debris removal, putting tarps on roofs, equipment to move cut trees. CONTACT: Volunteer Coordinator 706-935-2424 x 1028. Please do not bring any supplies to Ringgold.

Needs: chain saws for tree removal, debris removal. CONTACT: Jeffrey Grubbs - 770-823-8445.

Command Center is open through Friday, May 6. Volunteers are needed to distribute food, serve hot meals, and deliver to families.  Help at distribution center, some need for clean-up/debris removal. CONTACT: Terri  - 770-878-1992.

If you would like to make a donation to North Georgia Conference Disaster Relief you can drop a check in your church offering plate (made out to your local church and marked #3740 North Georgia Conference Disaster Relief) or mailed to the North Georgia Conference Treasurer's Office (made out to NGUMC and marked #3740) at PO Box 102417, Atlanta, GA 30368-2417. 

Previous disaster response updates

May 2 Update
May 1 Update
April 29 Update
April 28 Update