Disaster Response News

May 27, 2015

Neil Brown Elected Chair of Disaster Response Committee

It is my honor to announce that Neil Brown has been elected as the Chairperson of the Western North Carolina Conference Disaster Response Committee.

Born in the state of Maine, Neil Brown and wife Marie have lived in several states as a result of his career as a manager in the manufactured housing industry. Now retired, they make their home in Spruce Pine, North Carolina as members at Spruce Pine United Methodist Church. Active in United Methodist Men, Neil has served as district president of the former Marion District, the Blue Ridge District and currently serves as president of the Western North Carolina Conference men’s ministry. He is certified as a Men’s Ministry Specialist though the General Commission on United Methodist Men, is certified as an early responder though UMCOR and as a crew chief and safety officer through North Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief.

He previously was employed by North Carolina Department of Emergency Management as manager of the Unmet Needs Section and as a Voluntary Agency Liaison for FEMA. He has completed over a dozen FEMA emergency and disaster courses and trainings. He has served on mission teams domestically and internationally. Neil and Marie have two grown children and three grandboys. Thank you Neil for all that you do for WNCC UMC Disaster Response.

Grace and Peace, Pastor Ken Anderson WNCC Disaster Response Coordinator

ERT Teams Needed for Rio Texas Conference

Invitation to trained ERT teams for deployment in the Rio Texas Conference.  We are currently deploying teams in Wimberley and San Marcus but may have additional areas within the week. 

Teams should register at http://riotexas.org/flood-updates.  They will then be contacted by our ERT team coordinator. We have churches that have agreed to house teams.  Our space is limited but we are trying to expand our housing capacity.

Thank you for your assistance. 

Eugene Hileman Disaster Response Coordinator Rio Texas Conference The United Methodist Church 210-557-8698