Thursday, November 1, 2012

Responding to Hurricane Sandy

The people of The United Methodist Church (we) are already hard at work in responding to Hurricane Sandy. Below you'll find what we're already doing and how you can help further.

We Are Prepared:
  • 9,000 Cleaning Buckets (Flood Buckets) from United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) are now in staging areas in the northeast ready for distribution
  • UMCOR is already on the ground in the Caribbean and the northeast U.S.
  • In October alone, North Georgia Disaster Response and United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) teams have offered: Disaster Assessment Training, GEMA Volunteer Reception Training, Disaster CARE Team Training, Mission Team Leader Training, and Chainsaw Certification Training
  • Trained North Georgia Early Response Teams are on call and ready to respond when we are called
  • Trained UMVIM Teams are on call and ready to respond when we are called

We Can Give:
--If you would like to contribute to a special offering through our church, please mark your gifts with "Hurricane Sandy Relief" in the memo line and place it in the offering plate.


--Give online to UMCOR Hurricane Relief ($10 suggested donation or more) by clicking HERE.


--You can also text the word RESPONSE to 80888 to give an immediate $10 donation to UMCOR Hurricane Sandy relief.

We Can Assemble UMCOR KitsThere is a great need for Cleaning Buckets (Flood Buckets) and School Kits. Instructions on assembling UMCOR kits can be found at or download the lists below:

We Can Stay Informed:

  • Download the UMCOR App: The free UMCOR app provides you with up-to-date information about UMCOR’s work. You can now see alerts, the UMCOR Hotline, blog, and other informative items on your mobile device. Download your UMCOR app today on your iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.
  • Follow the UMC Connections Blog: United Methodist News Service is updating the blog each day, throughout the day.
  • Subscribe to Emergency Alerts from North Georgia Conference: North Georgia Conference will keep you alerted to requests and needs. Subscribe at

We Can Volunteer:All response efforts for Hurricane Sandy remain to be in the emergency and rescue stage. UMVIM (United Methodist Volunteers in Mission) will communicate to our church and other UM churches via email, Facebook posts, and Twitter any news that we receive. Rebuilding is a long and arduous process, so when they are ready for volunteer teams, we will pass those needs along as they occur.

We Can Pray:
Please continue to keep those affected by this disaster in your prayers.  Remember that God is still on His throne, regardless of the challenges that affect our lives!

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