Disaster relief & response teams needed now

6/12/2019


Below is a list of places currently seeking volunteers for disaster response and recovery opportunities, according to an early June communication from United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church.

Mississippi:
Mississippi Conference, Seashore District is in need of ERTs. Pearl River County has homes that need cleaning assistance. Anticipated need for next 2-4 weeks. We need sufficient response to be able to handle quickly enough to minimize mold buildup. Contact George Duffee-Braun, Seashore UMVIM Coordinator, (gduffeebraun@gmail.com) if you can deploy.

US Virgin Islands:
St. Croix and St. Thomas were ravaged by back-to-back Category 5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria in September of 2017. In response to this disaster, a partnership has been formed between UMVIM, FEMA, and Lutheran Disaster Response. UMVIM teams are needed to repair/rebuild homes for residents of the islands.  Click here for more info.

Florida Conference
The Florida Annual Conference anticipates another 3-4 years of recovery work from Hurricane Irma (2017). There is need for repair and rebuild teams to serve in one of five regions around the conference, from the northeast part of the state to the south and in between. For more information go to floridarestores.com

Saipan:
Teams are needed in Saipan for disaster response and recovery.  Contact Judy Lewis at DFJKLewis@aol.com for more information. Members will need current ERT Badge.

Lee County, Alabama:
Alabama Rural Ministries is seeking volunteers to help with the recovery effort from the tornadoes that hit Lee County earlier this year.  For more information visit arm-al.org

Puerto Rico:
The response to serve in Puerto Rico is in Phase 2. In 2017, Hurricanes Maria and Irma caused substantial damage in the region and volunteers are needed to help the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico as they recover from both storms. Click here for more info.