Responding to Hurricane Idalia: Praying, Giving, Serving
Hurricane Idalia made landfall August 30 in Florida before continuing into Georgia and the Carolinas. The Category 3 storm brought significant flooding and damaging winds. Early reports indicate winds as strong as 100 mph as Idalia moved across South Georgia.
Once again United Methodists have responded: We'll help!
The North Georgia Conference is coordinating with our surrounding Annual Conferences and UMCOR, as well as GEMA (Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security) and VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster).
ERT from Northside UMC in Atlanta delivered an UMCOR solar panel trailer to the South Georgia Conference of the UMC’s Camp Tygart on Saturday. That same day, South Georgia's Disaster Response Coordinator delivered a generator. The trailer and generator are providing electricity as ERT (UMCOR Early Response Teams) teams arrive to serve.
Stephen Redmond of the North Georgia Conference Disaster Response Warehouse delivered UMCOR Cleaning Buckets to Valdosta on Sunday as members of Bemiss UMC in the South Georgia Conference were on hand helping unload and distribute.
Yesterday our first North Georgia Conference ERTs arrived in Valdosta to assist in cleanup. Two teams representing 7 North Georgia Conference churches are at work in Valdosta.
The United Methodist connection is working diligently in response and recovery!
Praying and Giving
Please continue to lift up all those affected by this storm in your prayers.
financial gift to UMCOR is especially appreciated. You may give through any United Methodist Church in the North Georgia Conference by designating your donation for UMCOR U.S. Disaster Response #901670 or directly at https://umcmission.org/advance-project/901670/
As always, don’t self deploy to a disaster area. Our agreement with our United Methodist conferences, UMCOR, and our response partners is to wait until we are invited, as the local region coordinates the disaster response.
Additionally, do not send goods of any kind to the disaster area. These types of well-meaning donations often cause a second disaster for communities as they recover.
Instead, follow here for updates on ways North Georgia United Methodists can help and are helping.