Hurricane Michael continues to gain strength in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall in or near the bounds of the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Our Conference Disaster Response Ministry is active in preparations and has provided the following update.
Bishop David Graves encourages everyone to be in prayer for those in path of the storm and those who will respond in the immediate aftermath. The United Methodist Church has always been a community leader in post-storm recovery efforts and will be present when Hurricane Michael passes.
Local churches should complete their disaster response plans as soon as possible. Click here to access resources and forms on the conference Website.
The conference is coordinating with UMCOR to stage thousands of flood kits, hygiene kits, and other materials in anticipation of post-storm needs. Click here for more information on kit assembly.
After the storm, churches should report damage assessments and needs to their district disaster response coordinator and district superintendent. Click here for coordinator contact information.
While we encourage all to be in ministry to their neighbors after the storm, ERT teams should not self deploy to impacted areas until requested to do so.
Direct financial contributions are always best. You may send checks to the conference office with "Hurricane Michael relief efforts" in the subject line.
We will share updates as they become available to us in the coming days. Should you have any questions, please reach out to Rev. Rob Haynes, our AWF Disaster Response Coordinator.