2022 Annual Conference: Recordings, Articles, Appointment Book

Disaster Response

Responding to the April 5 Storms

The South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church is immediately responding to Tuesday's destructive storms that crossed our state. Our district disaster response coordinators are out doing assessments today. More information will be forthcoming. Rev. David Thompson, Coastal District DS, Kelly Crane, Coastal District Disaster Response Coordinator, and Rev. Shannon Baxter, Conference UMVIM Coordinator, are in conversations with area agencies and area churches about a coordinated response following the tornado that hit the Bryan County area in the Coastal District. We are thankful for the churches in the area who are already meeting needs and providing support.

Please see below a message from Luis Morales about how you can respond now - through a monetary donation or putting together an ERT team. We will also be monitoring additional storms coming through our area today.

To the South Georgia Conference,

We all have watched the devastation that Tuesday, April 5 brought to Middle and South Georgia. Our prayers go to those directly affected and the first responders. Our district disaster coordinators are working with local emergency managers and making assessments.  

For those who have their Early Response Team (ERT) certification, now is the opportunity to put your training to the task.  Even if you have not taken an ERT class, you might be able to join a team. View Early Response Team (ERT) Trainings 

I am asking ERTs to check your schedules and let your district coordinators know of your availability. As a reminder, please do not self-deploy. We will be ready to go in as soon as the local community is ready for us. The six district coordinators are listed at the bottom of this email.

Monetary donations will help with storm recovery needs in the days, weeks and months ahead. Funds for our South Georgia Conference Storm Recovery efforts can be given as follows:

Thank you for giving! Financial gifts will make a significant impact on any current and future relief and long-term recovery efforts. 

Luis Morales 
Conference disaster response coordinator

District Coordinators

Kelly Crane 

Coastal District Coordinator



Neal Anderson 

Northeast District Coordinator



Rob Belknap

North Central District Coordinator



Glenn Martin**

Northwest District Coordinator



Susan Hughes

South Central District Coordinator



Thomas Smith

Southwest District Coordinator



**Please note: Rick Dorer will be the contact for the Northwest District this week:

Rick dorerr@bellsouth.net | 706-662-1430


Luis Morales
South Georgia Conference Disaster Coordinator

Kelly Roberson

Connectional Ministries Team Leader


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