Responding to Tornados: Oklahoma Conference asks for Collaborative Response
OKLAHOMA CITY (UMNS) —“I know you are seeing and hearing news reports about the devastation and want to assist. … Do not self-deploy. Best practices in times of crises call for a collaborative response, so people who can help are directed to where that help and those skills are most needed and will be most effective,” wrote the Rev. Richard Norman, disaster response coordinator for the Oklahoma Conference.
The Oklahoma Conference Disaster Response Team sent this email outlining how best to help.
How to Give
Donations may be made through your local church by putting a check in the offering plate made out to the church with a note for "Disaster Response, United States" on the memo line. Donations may be made directly to the Conference Treasurer's Office by mail to:
Conference Treasurer's Office
PO Box 13145
Macon, GA 31208
Disaster Response, United States - Advance # 901670
You can also text the word RESPONSE to #80888 for an immediate $10 donation to UMCOR.
How to Help
(UMNS) — As communities in Oklahoma, Texas and other U.S. states reel from the devastation of tornadoes, remember that The United Methodist Church has a system in place for responding. Here are a few of the places to check for information and find out how you can be part of United Methodist relief efforts:
United Methodist News Service Facebook page
United Methodist Committee on Relief
South Georgia Conference Facebook Page
South Georgia Conference Website at sgaumc.org
Download the UMCOR App: The free UMCOR app provides you with up-to-date information about UMCOR’s work.
How to Make Our Collaborative Effort Possible
Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) in Oklahoma has alerted us that many unsolicited volunteers are showing up at the Incident Command Center in Moore. Please instruct all volunteers associated with your church or other individual volunteers or groups you may come in contact with to NOT self-deploy. Best practices include a collaborative response, so people are directed when needed and where needed so their help and skills will be most effective.