Here's how Memphis Conference churches can help survivors of flooding in Nashville Episcopal Area

3/5/2019

These photos are a recent sampling from an area of flooding that includes Hardin County in the Memphis Conference and Wayne County in the Tennessee Conference. (Photos by Josh Layne, pastor of Clifton, Riverside and Auburn United Methodist Churches in the Tennessee Conference)

~Compiled by Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications

Due to recent heavy rain and widespread flooding in Tennessee, the Disaster Response Ministry of the Nashville Episcopal Area (Memphis and Tennessee Conferences) is calling on churches across the Area to assist affected communities as able.

Click HERE to see drone footage of flooding.

Rev. Robert Craig, who coordinates the Disaster Response Ministry for the Nashville Episcopal Area (Memphis and Tennessee Conferences), has been in conversation with some affected communities.

While needs are still being determined as waters recede,” Craig reports that churches may begin now to minister to neighbors and survivors in need.

Report affected areas and identify needs.

The Disaster Response Ministry of the Nashville Episcopal Area stands ready to partner with churches as they respond. Formal requests to the disaster relief warehouse network are best made by Craig. “This is not something local churches should request,” he said.

Email requests to Craig at disasterresponse@memphis-umc.org.

Share Tennessee “crisis cleanup hotline” with survivors.

Call 833-556-2476.

Donate supplies by March 18.

Supplies needed include cleaning kits and hygiene kits, as well as rakes, square shovels and two-wheeled wheelbarrows.

“This is a good exercise for local churches that want to be involved,” said Craig.

Deliver supplies to your district office unless alternative or additional locations are announced by the districts, which will be added here as information is received.

Craig said any kits not distributed will be donated/transported to the UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Warehouse in Decatur, Alabama.

Donate money.

  • Click HERE to donate online.

  • Write a check to UMCOR Advance #901670 OR Memphis Conference Disaster Response. Mail to Memphis Conference, 24 Corporate Blvd., Jackson, TN 38305.

  • ​Questions about money donations? Contact Memphis Conference Treasurer’s Office.