In Brief — July 11, 2005 {0328}



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In Brief — July 11, 2005

July 11, 2005    News media contact:  Tita Parham*    
800-282-8011   
tparham@flumc.org     Orlando {0328} 

An e-Review News Item
By UMCOR

UMCOR asks for help with response after Hurricane Dennis

As people return to their homes today in Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, the extent of Dennis' damage will become clearer. This category 3 storm, while less severe than anticipated, still inflicted severe damage in regions already scarred from last September's Hurricane Ivan.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is also closely watching Dennis' inland path as the storm continues to cause damage from flooding and high winds. UMCOR Disaster Response Executive Tom Hazelwood is concerned about the storm's potential for flooding as it moves away from costal areas.

"We anticipate a lot of needs in the rural areas of Alabama and Mississippi, in addition to the coastline," he said.

Hurricane Dennis caused 32 deaths and destroyed homes, crops and livestock in Haiti and Cuba. The storm also caused severe flooding in Jamaica.

Specially trained Early Response Teams interested in providing assistance should contact Chris Bills at cpbills@sbcglobal.net to register a team. Early Response Teams are needed to make homes sanitary and secure following major storms such as Hurricane Dennis.

Volunteers should call UMCOR's  Volunteer Hotline toll free at 800-918-3100.

Individuals may also give to UMCOR's Hurricanes 2005 Global, Advance #982523. Contributions may be placed in United Methodist church offering plates or sent directly to: UMCOR, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068. Checks should be written to UMCOR. Credit card donations may be made by calling 800-554-8583.

UMCOR also needs flood buckets filled with cleaning supplies. For assembly and shipping instructions, call UMCOR Sager Brown at 800-814-8765 or visit UMCOR's emergency kits Web page. Completed flood buckets may be sent to UMCOR Sager Brown at 101 Sager Brown Road, Baldwin, LA 70514. A financial donation may also be made to UMCOR's Material Resource Ministry, Advance #901440, to purchase cleaning supplies the Depot staff and volunteers will use to assemble flood buckets.

For more information contact UMCOR at 212-870-3816 or umcor@gbgm-umc.org.

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This article relates to Hurricane Disaster Response.

*Parham managing editor of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.




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