Responding to Tornados: Oklahoma Conference asks for Collaborative Response


OKLAHOMA CITY (UMNS) —“I know you are seeing and hearing news reports about the devastation and want to assist. … Do not self-deploy. Best practices in times of crises call for a collaborative response, so people who can help are directed to where that help and those skills are most needed and will be most effective,” wrote the Rev. Richard Norman, disaster response coordinator for the Oklahoma Conference.

The Oklahoma Confernce Disaster Response Team sent this email outlining how best to help

How to Give
Donations may be made through your local church by putting a check in the offering plate made out to the church with a note for "2013 May Tornado Relief" on the memo line. Donations may be made directly to the Conference Treasurer's Office by mail to To give to:
Conference Treasurer's Office
PO Box 102417
Atlanta, GA 30368-2417
Note Fund number #4085 for May 2013 Tornado Relief

How to Help
(UMNS) — As communities in Oklahhoma, Texas and other U.S. states reel from the devastation of tornadoes, remember that The United Methodist Church has a system in place for responding. Here are a few of the places to check for information and find out how you can be part of United Methodist relief efforts:
United Methodist News Service Facebook page
United Methodist Committee on Relief
North Georgia Conference Facebook Page
North Georgia Conference News Page at