Conference Disaster Response, Local Churches Deploy N95 Masks


Disaster Response ministries across our Conference stand ready to serve in times of need, and this time is no exception. 

This week the North Georgia Conference deployed 2,500 N95 masks from our Disaster Response Warehouse to GEMA (Georgia Emergency Management Agency). GEMA will deliver them to regional hospitals for staff responding to the COVID-19 virus. 

The masks are used by Early Response Teams and homeowners to provide protection from dust, mold, and toxins as they muck out homes after a hurricane or flood or cleaning up after a tornado. UMCOR Cleaning Buckets (flood buckets) each have five N95 particulate respirator masks. 

Disaster Response Warehouse Manager Rev. Dr. Stephen Redmond and Rev. Matt Murphy and just a few volunteers spent days gathering the masks, many of which were in sealed buckets, and delivering them to GEMA. 

Alpharetta First UMC, Mount Pisgah UMC, Northside UMC, and other local churches with active Disaster Response ministries have responded directly to local hospitals with smaller quantities.

Rev. Scott Parrish reached out to all Conference ERTs this week calling on them to check their supplies for the masks. Churches with fewer than 50 masks might consider contacting their nearest hospital and making arrangements for delivery. Parrish emphasized the importance of confirming the need before arriving at a hospital. For churches with a larger quantity, Parrish will work with the church to coordinate distribution of the masks, he said.

"Rather than sit in a warehouse, storage shed, or disaster response trailer, we want the masks to be used at this critical time," Parrish said.