Committee on Relief
Our mission is to alleviate human suffering and advance hope through humanitarian relief, sustainable development, and global missions.
We invite you to stand with our neighbors who have been affected by a natural disaster. Your gifts ensure that our church will be able to provide help and hope for those affected by natural disasters for years to come. Your donations will assist Western North Carolina teams and relief aiding in all of the affected regions and beyond. (All contributions are tax deductible.)
The Committee on Relief is currently assessing damages in Western North Carolina caused by Tropical Storm Fred. We are working with local pastors and district leaders to determine next steps, and areas of need.
At this point, ERT's are not being requested, if the need is there, you will receive an ERT Request via email. If you are a team leader that has availability in the coming week if needed, contact our Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, Ben Rogers.
If you would like to donate to the relief effort, you may do so HERE.
This page will be updated with information as it comes available.
Current News (Including COVID-19 Updates)
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Disaster Response Hotline
Navigating a Disaster
Disposable Face Masks and Hand Sanitizer Available
The Committee On Relief has received a large quantity of disposable face masks and hand sanitizers through the local non-profit Restore Global. The Committee On Relief will distribute them in kits including 500 face masks and 2- 1Liter bottles of hand sanitizer. Masks can either be picked up on Tuesdays from 10-2 at the Mission Response Center or will be mailed out on Wednesdays (Distribution will begin August 31st). We ask churches and groups to consider a $20 donation to the Committee on Relief to help offset the costs of shipping the kits; a donation link can be found in the request form.
Disaster Response Training
If you are interested in becoming an Early Response Team or individual who has an Early Response Team certification, please see our ERT Training Update here.
ERT Deployment Protocols
PLEASE DO NOT SELF-DEPLOY. Volunteers (ERTs or otherwise) should never respond or deploy without the proper invitation from the host conference. We encourage all volunteers to find deployment opportunities from the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission.
Regional Relief Supply Drop-Offs
Our Mission Response Center in Terrell is at full capacity. Relief supplies collected by individuals and churches should please remain in your facilities. If you believe you have supplies that are essential for our work, you may email our Disaster Response Coordinator, Ben Rogers.
Early Response Teams
Do you have an ERT-led work team that is ready to serve? If so, you are encouraged to deploy as invited. For specifics, see our Disaster Response page.
Disaster occurs in all shapes and sizes. The United States has a drug overdose epidemic, especially in rural Appalachia. Human sex trafficking is slavery that occurs right here in North Carolina. Children are in need of school supplies everywhere and medical and dental relief is a vital ministry. The Committee on Relief (COR) mission is to alleviate human suffering and advance hope through humanitarian relief, sustainable development, and global missions.
The Committee on Relief is the humanitarian relief and development arm of the Western North Carolina Conference.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is our partner, providing expert guidance and training related to disaster planning, preparation, response and recovery. United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) are also our partners providing training and guidance in volunteer management as well as trained volunteer teams - from both inside and outside the conference.
- Also keep updated on the latest weather by tuning in to your local weather channel and downloading a weather notification app so that it will notify you while you’re sleeping as the strongest part of the storm will occur overnight and early morning.
- Determine a safe place to shelter in the event of a tornado. Look around your place for helmets, pillows, or anything you can use to protect your head in the event of flying objects in high winds. Overnight tornadoes are particularly dangerous because they catch people unaware and in upstairs bedrooms. As always, it’s good to be on the lowest floor of a house since winds are less strong near the surface.
- Charge your devices, including smartphones, and laptops in case of power outages.
- Disaster Response Hotline: (980) 202-2944.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org