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The Alabama-West Florida, and the Louisiana conferences both have current ERT requests open. If you have an ERT team available, please send our Disaster Response Coordinator the following information:
- Team Leader Name
- Team members (Name, age, email, phone number)
- ERT Experience
- Any specializations on team (professionals)
- Preference on location (Louisiana or Florida)
Once you submit this information, you will be connected with the hosting conference to further discuss deployment. Submitting this information does not guarantee deployment. All information and questions can be sent to email@example.com
As Hurricane Sally brings heavy rain through the region, the WNC Conference Disaster Response team is monitoring for flooding as well as reaching out to other impacted conferences to offer our help. Check our website for updates. To report flooding or other damages, call our disaster response hotline at (980) 202-2944. For other questions or concerns, email Ben Rogers, our Disaster Response Coordinator.
As we have watched and prayed for those across the world that have been affected by COVID-19, we face the realization that we must be more diligent in our efforts to prepare and mitigate the effects of this virus in our local communities. As a church, our first call is to respond and care for those around us, while also making sure we do not put our parishioners at risk.
In times of crisis, the most powerful tool is knowledge. As leaders across the conference we must make it our job to be as educated as we can on the situation surrounding us. There is lots of information circulating the internet, much of it being accurate while some of it is not fully vetted. I urge you to be diligent in your search for information and to be mindful when spreading that information.
There are many steps and practices that can be taken to limit the risk of exposure not just to COVID-19 but to all viruses. Posting important information around your church office, common gathering spots, bathrooms, and other highly trafficked areas of your church is a great way to spread awareness and proper hygiene practices.
Along with this information, provide adequate resources to promote these practices, such as hand sanitizer, tissues, disinfecting wipes and sprays, etc., throughout the church.
- Responding to a Natural Disaster During COVID-19
- Navigating a Disaster
- WNCC Brochure on COVID-19 Response
- Western NC Conference Infectious Disease Outbreak Response Plan
- Resource UMC Information
- Food Pantry Guidelines during COVID-19
Cloth Face Masks
The Committee on Relief has secured another shipment of face masks. These masks are available to any church or organization that serves a vulnerable population. If you are in need of masks, fill out this form and we will ship the masks to you. Requests are processed weekly and masks are mailed on Tuesdays.
If you need more than 500 masks or have other questions, email Ben Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Log Splitters Available
Disaster Response has two- 27 Ton Log Splitters that are available to churches or individuals that need them. They are able to be reserved for two weeks at a time. They are located at the Mission Response Center in Terrell, but can be delivered for a small fee. If you have property with lots of lumber, this could be a great fundraising opportunity to split and sell firewood.
To request use or for more information, email Ben Rogers at email@example.com
Cardboard Boxes Available
Cardboard boxes are still available! The Mission Response Center has an abundance of cardboard boxes available until supplies run out for anyone taking a new appointment, moving, or in need of boxes for any reason. Options for obtaining boxes: Schedule a time to pick up boxes at the MRC either individually or by pallet (~60 boxes per pallet) loaded onto your pickup truck. If you are in need of more than two pallets of boxes you can schedule them to be delivered.
Contact Ben Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Masks & Gloves Donated
The Western North Carolina Conference donated 10,000 face masks (mostly N95) to CaroMont Health in Gastonia, 4,500 masks and 4,500 gloves to the Charlotte Fire Department, 360 masks to Atwell Township VFD in China Grove, and 100 masks to Holston Medical Group. Each entity made specific requests for these masks. The supplies were part of thousands of UMCOR flood bucket kits that are stored at the Mission Response Center in Terrell and the Mission Response Annex in Charlotte. The process was coordinated by the Committee on Relief and UNC Charlotte students and volunteers from two United Methodist Churches assisted. The group completed nearly 500 volunteer hours. Churches and church members that have access to personal protective equipment, such as N95 masks, are encouraged to donate to their nearest accepting hospitals.
The Committee on Relief donated 3,000 boxes to UNC Charlotte students and 1,000 boxes to UNC Greensboro, and another 1,000 boxes to NC A&T State University as students were forced out of dorms due to COVID-19 restrictions.
UMCOR, REHACE, and Puerto Rico leadership have issued a cancellation of all Puerto Rico mission trips from March 14th - April 30th due to Coronavirus spread.
Tennessee Tornado Response
Three United Methodist congregations, East End UMC, Braden Memorial UMC and Dodson Chapel UMC gathered on Sunday morning, March 8, despite the loss of their buildings from tornado damage. The Tennessee Conference is assessing damage now to determine what projects can be tackled in the coming weeks. Remember, please do not self-deploy. All disaster response volunteers must invited by the host conference. Early Response Teams and others interested in volunteering may fill out this form to be contacted as appropriate projects become available.
U.S.- Mexico Border Crisis
Global Ministries encourages churches to give in support of the global migration Advance (#3022144) from which UMCOR issues grants to partners along the border and elsewhere and to advocate for policy change. While we cannot take UMCOR hygiene kits to the U.S. government holding centers, UMCOR is distributing UMCOR hygiene kits at transitional shelters all along the US-Mexico border. In the last three months, UMCOR delivered 46,128 hygiene kits to six church-run transitional shelters. Instructions on how to make and send these kits are available at umcmission.org/umcor/serve/relief- supply-network/hygiene-kit. We encourage you to send these kits directly to Sager Brown or UMCOR West, as outlined in the link provided. We invite you and your congregation or community to let your love for global refugee neighbors openly flow. Following are some resources which you might find useful in this endeavor: