Here's how to help survivors of Hurricane Dorian

9/17/2019



By Rev. Robert Craig, Disaster Response Coordinator
Nashville Episcopal Area (Memphis and Tennessee Conferences)


When communities around the world are devastated by natural disasters like Hurricane Dorian that recently struck the Bahamas and the east coasts of the U.S. and Canada, The United Methodist Church responds. This is possible because the people called Methodist live out their faith in loving service to their neighbors, near and far.

If you desire to aid neighbors in need due to disaster, consider providing financial support through the UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief) website. Make a financial donation to the domestic or international Advance located on this page of the UMCOR website: https://www.umcmission.org/umcor/give/how-to-give

There are not yet requests for volunteer assistance for the areas impacted by Hurricane Dorian. This will take some time, particularly in the Bahamas.  Please check this link for ways to serve:  https://www.umcmission.org/umcor/serve/international-disaster-response  

Keep in mind that many areas in the United States are still recovering from recent disasters. These communities include the East Coast, Gulf Coast, Midwest and beyond. To locate disaster response ministry service opportunities, follow this link: https://www.umcmission.org/umcor/serve/us-disaster-response 

One way to serve locally is to collect, donate and deliver disaster relief supplies. Due to recent disasters throughout our region, the UMCOR disaster supplies warehouse for our jurisdiction in Decatur, Alabama, is low on several items. This warehouse serves our conference as a part of the UMCOR network of disaster response warehouses. While cleaning kits (buckets) and hygiene kits are always needed, there are other supplies in great demand for disaster response ministry.  They include:  

  • 20" box fans 
  • 25'-50' extension cords
  • heavy duty tarps
  • square nose shovels
  • rakes
  • 2 gallon garden sprayers
  • generators
There is not currently a Memphis Conference or Episcopal Area-wide plan for consolidated supplies collection and delivery. Local churches can partner to make a delivery to the North Alabama Disaster Warehouse. Please call (256).341.9961 to arrange a drop-off time with the warehouse leadership. The warehouse is located at 3220 US-31, Decatur, Alabama 35603. The website is https://umdisasterwarehouse.com.

If it is a hardship for a local church to deliver the supplies it collects, I encourage that church to partner with other churches in this ministry exercise. The distance from our conference to the warehouse in Decatur is not very great. This is a wonderful opportunity to see disaster response ministry in action. Volunteers are always welcome to assist at the warehouse. Information about delivery and volunteer opportunities can be found on the website for the Decatur warehouse. Again, he website is https://umdisasterwarehouse.com.

Quesions? Email Rev. Robert Craig at disasterresponse@memphis-umc.org