Disaster Response: Responding to Hurricane Harvey

9/5/2017

September 1, 2017

To the South Georgia Conference:

I have said before that it is times like these that we see just how very "Alive Together in Christ" we are! Thank you for the outpouring of prayer and support for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. We are seeing a tremendous response across South Georgia in very tangible ways.

The Bishop has encouraged local churches to take up a special offering, which will be sent to the Texas conferences experiencing this devastation. The following inserts can be used to help promote this in your local churches. 

Bulletin Inserts
Disaster Response Bulletin Insert
Special Sunday Bulletin Insert

Upcoming ERT Training

Moultrie UMC will be hosting an ERT and Chainsaw Training on Saturday, September 9. Please visit www.sgaumc.org/erttrainings for more information and to register for this training event. 

Other churches have reached out to host a training, and we are coordinating dates with our trainers. Please check the website for updates and future trainings. If you are interested in hosting a training in your area, please contact our Conference Disaster Coordinator, Luis Morales at morhilll@gmail.com

ERT Team Invitation

The first invitation for Early Response Teams has been extended by the Rio Texas Conference to assist in recovery efforts. 

The Rio Texas Conference is asking for ERTs. Only currently certified ERT members are being accepted. 

Teams will base out of Corpus Christi and should register at https://riotexas.org/ert-volunteer-team-registration

ERT trained individuals/small groups not part of a team should register at https://riotexas.org/ert-individual-and-small-group-signup

Current needs include debris removal of downed trees and roof tarping.

Updated Drop-off Location List for Relief Supplies

Drop-off locations for hygiene kits and cleaning kits through the end of September include:

Wesley UMC in Macon (4256 Hartley Bridge Rd, Macon, GA 31216). Please call the church office, (478) 781-0332, to make arrangements before dropping off your items.

Brunswick First UMC (1400 Norwich St, Brunswick, GA 31520). Please call the church office, (912) 265-4313, to make arrangements before dropping off your items.

Christ UMC in Albany (505 Byron Plantation Rd, Albany, GA 31721). Please call the church office, (229) 436-3373, to make arrangements before dropping off your items.

Grace UMC in Vidalia (1200 Aimwell Road, Vidalia, GA  30474). Please call the church office, (912) 537-3973, to make arrangements before dropping off your items. 

Park Avenue UMC in Valdosta (100 East Park Avenue, Valdosta, Georgia 31605). Please contact the church office, (229) 242-3562, to make arrangements before dropping off you items. 

Instructions for these kits can be found at: www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies.

*Please note: We are only equipped to transport and distribute the requested items. If you know of individuals with access to trailers who would be willing to help transport collected items from the drop-off locations to Macon, please let me know. Part of building capacity in our Conference is finding key resources, and I know we have a wealth of resources and passion to help here in South Georgia! 

Monetary Donations

Please continue to give generously. Your monetary donations are crucial to the ongoing relief and recovery efforts. 1 - Donate online; 2 - Give through your local church to Conference Advance #5827 - Hurricane Harvey Relief (lane 5 credit). 3 - Mail a check to the Administrative Services Office made out to the South Georgia Conference and earmarked Conference Advance #5827 - Hurricane Harvey Relief (address: PO Box 13145, Macon, GA 31208). 

I am now keeping a close eye on Hurricane Irma and ask for your prayers as we continue to strategically build our capacity to respond to disaster events both here and beyond our conference. 

Thank you,

Allison Lindsey 


For Disaster Response related questions, please do not hesitate to reach out:

Luis Morales
South Georgia Conference Disaster Coordinator
morhilll@gmail.com

Allison Lindsey
Associate Director, Office of Connectional Ministries
allison@sgaumc.com / (912) 393-5524