Resourcing and equipping local United Methodist Churches and district offices
as they assist their communities and individuals to
prepare, respond and recover from disaster.
Our hearts grieve for those who have been affected by the severe weather that has pummeled our nation over the last few days - especially our neighbors in Mississippi and south Georgia.
Please do not self-deploy into the affected areas. First responders are still doing their work and we do not want to do anything that would interrupt or interfere with their response.
It's very important that we give the local communities time to assess damage and determine if there are ways volunteers from outside the area can be of assistance.
Disaster Recovery is in touch with the South Georgia Conference and they know that we stand ready to assist them, if and when we are needed. We will post updates here and on our facebook page as more information becomes available.
As much as we want to help, our best offering right now is prayer.
Please DO NOT begin collecting any material resources (water, clothes, etc.) until we know what - if anything - is needed! If and when we have a specific request for material resources, we will advise here and on our Facebook pages (Disaster Recovery Ministry-Florida Conference and Missional Engagement).
Money is always a helpful donation. It can be used to buy exactly what is needed -- and often in the local community contributing to the economic health and recovery of the community after the disaster. Your gifts can be given to the Conference Disaster Recovery Ministry or to UMCOR:
You can also send your donations to the Conference Office with the appropriate notation in the memo line.
HELPING IN FLORIDA AFTER HERMINE AND MATTHEW
Disaster Recovery is working to set up long term recovery with other agencies, organizations and communities in those areas affected early last fall by Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew.
While many may have already forgotten these storms, there are still thousands of people in need of assistance with home repairs and other storm-related needs.
Recovery is many of these areas is going to take years and volunteer teams will be an essential part of this effort.
In light of the most recent disasters, please prayerfully consider how your church can help after disaster:
Thank you for being the church and sharing the Gospel by reaching out to help those impacted by disaster.
HELPING LOUISIANA AFTER THE FLOODS
Louisiana will need assistance with recovery for a long time. To register a team or learn more about what the United Methodist Church is doing to help, please visit the Louisiana Conference web site at www.la-umc.org.
LONG TERM RECOVERY OPPORTUNITIES
United Methodists continue working with other agencies and organizations helping those affected by disasters throughout the Southeastern United States. To learn more, please click the links below.
To assist in the Alabama-West Florida Recovery effort, please contact Lynn Dobry, Recovery Coordinator, at (850) 736-3306.
To learn more about a specific training, click below.
VISIT UMCOR www.umcor.org for the latest on all disaster response and recovery as well as humanitarian assistance being provided around the world by the people called United Methodist. While there, consider signing up for the UMCOR Hotline. You will receive weekly updates on UMCOR's work around the world assisting those in need.
As always, your generous gifts to UMCOR Domestic Disaster Response are greatly needed and deeply appreciated. Domestic Disaster Response Advance #901670 100% of donations to UMCOR go to assist those affected by the disaster. Gifts can be included with your apportionment payments, mailed to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087 or online at www.umcor.org.
OUR PARTNERS IN MINISTRY:
The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church
450 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33815
(863) 688-5563 or toll free (800) 282-8011