The UMCOR Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, LA, has sent 5,000 health kits this week to the Hattiesburg, Mississippi, area to assist with those in need after the recent tornadoes there. UMCOR was already low on health kits and they have been asking for churches to assemble more.
If your church is willing to assemble health kits to replenish their supply, click here for the instructions. As the instructions indicate, please include $1 for toothpaste instead of the toothpaste itself.
We will be collecting kits at Montgomery First UMC to be taken to the disaster warehouse in Decatur, AL, and Gulf Shores UMC to be taken to the Sager Brown Depot. More collection points may be added. Watch this site for more details.
From the Mississippi Annual Conference:
Update 1/31/2017: Mississippi is in need of people who can come and help with site assessments. If you feel led to this work, please contact Daniel Herring, District Disaster Response Coordinator at (601) 278-3092.
They have a huge need for teams to come and help with the clean-up efforts. They have housing lined up for your teams. Contact Chris Adams at (601) 818-5899.
They also need heavy equipment teams for demolition work. Heavy equipment (e.g., backhoes, bulldozers). If you have a team that can do this type of work, please contact the Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, Rev. Kenny McGill at (662) 416-1981.
1-23-2017: We are ready to receive ERT teams to the Hattiesburg and Petal areas impacted by recent tornadoes. ERTs should be self sustainable. Teams will be housed at the R3SM building located at 301 Buschman St. in Hattiesburg. Available ERTs should call Mrs. Creighton at 601.544.5115 or George at 601.310.7700 to register before coming. Teams may also contact the Hattiesburg District disaster response coordinator, Rev. Daniel Harring at 601.278.3092 or the conference DRC Kenny McGill at 662-416-1981.
Please pray for those who suffered loss and/or damage due to the recent severe weather.
Grace and peace,
Rev. Kenny McGill
Disaster Response Coordinator
Mississippi Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
From Luis O Morales, Conference Disaster Response Coordinator:
Search and rescue was still in progress on Tuesday. Utility companies were working hard at shutting electricity off in some areas, while restoring it in others. I anticipate getting requests from the Emergency Management Agency starting Wednesday or Thursday. I know some of you have plans for this Saturday - at this time I think you will be gainfully employed - but as with all disasters, you have to stay flexible
Be aware that tarping roofs and cutting and removing debris are the primary needs in the area. Some mucking out of houses.
Make sure you let me know via email:
- how many in your team
- your specialty (if any such as certified chainsaw operators (how many), heavy equipment, etc.)
- Genders of team members only if you are requesting lodging assistance. Meals are currently on your own (full kitchen available at lodging site): except for lunch boxes if you desire them
- date and estimated time of arrival, and date & time you anticipate departing the area
Luis O Morales
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1/24/2017: The South Georgia Conference is accepting early response teams for tarping and debris removal. There is also a great need for chainsaw operators, and equipment for moving large debris to the curb. The South Georgia Conference is checking to make sure their lodging facility has power for those teams needing overnight accommodations. If available, your team(s) would have a full-size kitchen to self-prepare meals (lunch, however, may be provided depending on dates and availability).
Volunteers can sign up here. Let them know your capabilities/specialty (tarping, chainsaw, lifting equipment, etc.), so they can put your team(s) to best use.
For those who want to volunteer individually, the South Georgia conference is partnering with Samaritan's Purse, which has been working with the emergency management agency since the first storms hit the area. You must attend an orientation training at either 7:30 am or 12:30 pm at the Coke Plant, 925 Pine Ave., Albany, GA 31701 (229)-288-4261.
If you have teams ready to assist please contact Luis Morales, Conference Disaster Coordinator, at (478) 216-7729 or firstname.lastname@example.org. He is coordinating their conference's early response team efforts.
Special offerings for storm recovery needs may be sent to the South Georgia Conference Storm Recovery efforts. Please use Conference Advance Special #6796. Mail checks to PO Box 13145, Macon, GA 31208.
updated January 2017:
We are so very thankful for all your many donations that were received and sent to our brothers and sisters in Louisiana. Many churches in our conference made great financial contributions, and many donated in-kind goods. Many churches sent work teams to the area to help. This is our connection at its best, when we work together to restore people to wholeness after loss and devastation.
Financial contributions are still welcome. You can send checks to the AWFC Fiscal office at 4719 Woodmere Blvd., Montgomery, AL 36106. Note "Louisiana flooding" in the memo line.
Volunteer teams are welcome to help with their recovery efforts. Click here to learn about volunteering.
For volunteer forms and other resources click here.