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On Wednesday, October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael came ashore as a category four storm. The Alabama-West Florida Conference is on the ground assessing needs and damage and will continue to respond with short- and long-term efforts. Updates will be sent with prioritized needs.
1. Prayer is one response everyone can offer. We ask that God will guide these efforts to reach the most people and that we may be a witness to Him through this tragedy. Should you have a specific request, click here and our AWF spiritual directors will be in prayer over your specific need.
2. Monetary donations are crucial to our response. We have setup a direct online link where you may give to the Alabama-West Florida Conference. 100% of the money will be used in conference for supplies and rebuilding efforts. Kristi McClellan is also actively working on any possible grant money available.
3. Many local churches want to know how they can immediately provide supplies. Good News UMC in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, has been staging a command center where they are evaluating daily needs. We have set up collection sites in most districts so that drop offs are closer to our local churches. In addition to UMCOR kits, Good News UMC has created a list of most-needed supplies at this time. Click here to access. We are in close contact with Rev. Brad Goode about what is needed most and will continue to update the list as assessments are made. This command center will transition to Woodlawn UMC in Panama City, FL, when they are able to assume this responsibility. The Florida Conference has offered assistance to help our furthermost east areas such as Port St. Joe. We are actively coordinating with them to have supplies delivered to this area as soon as possible.
4. ERT teams will be a necessity in the coming weeks, months and years. If you have a team ready to help, please register them at this link and Susan Hunt will respond. Click here for upcoming ERT trainings. Because assessments will continue for many weeks, we are holding an assessment training on October 18 at Trinity UMC/Ft. Walton. Prior ERT training (current) is required. Click here for more information on this training.
Our district and conference teams will continue to assess needs. Should any pastors have any questions related to insurance or financial needs, please contact the AWF Treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334.356.8014. If you know of a specific need from a pastor/church who has limited communication, please have them contact Susan Hunt at 888.942.4477. Click here for the status of churches. You may visit www.hurricanemichaelrecovery.org for more information.