We appreciate your prayers and offers of service to those who lost property from the March 2 storms. Rev. Steve Reneau of Verbena UMC and Dr. Chris Perry, Montgomery-Prattville district disaster response coordinator, are coordinating relief efforts for the Verbena area. The best way to stay current on needs in that area is to follow the conference Facebook page.
The Rev. Tom Hazelwood, US Disaster Response executive for the UM Committee on Relief (UMCOR) traveled Monday, March 5, to areas affected by the recent tornadoes. You can follow him on Twitter @TomUMCOR for updates.
Our brothers and sisters in Christ in the states of Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee have been assessing damage. Should there be a need for Early Response Teams or Long-term Recovery Teams from our area, we will notify district disaster response coordinators as well as those who are currently certified in our database. We do anticipate a need in the coming weeks but will wait to hear the request from the conference inviting teams into the area.
For now, please continue to pray for all who have experienced a loss—whether it be a loss of a friend or family member, or property. We know too well in this conference the pain these natural disasters cause. You may also donate to UMCOR using the Advance #901670 and select "Tornadoes 2012" from the menu. Again, we appreciate the care and concern so many have shown to those who need it most at the moment.