BUMC's disaster response strategy includes four areas in which to minister:
- PRAY – Pray for all who are being affected by the storms and the first responders who work to bring relief and recovery
- CARE – If you have a loved one affected by the storms and need pastoral care for yourself or prayers for your loved ones, contact Rev. David Ssebulime at .
- GIVE – Donate as you are able to the BUMC Disaster Response Fund, which goes to partners such as UMCOR and other local partners who provide critical care and rehabilitation for individuals and families affected by disasters.
- GO – Join us for an interest meeting about upcoming opportunities with the BUMC Disaster Recovery Team on Sunday, November 25, at 12:30 p.m. This team will be made up of those who want to help prepare for and those who are able to go on year-round short-term missions to serve and help repair or rebuild homes and churches that have been destroyed by storms. Register here
From UMCOR: "UMCOR and our partners are responding to disasters both in the United States and around the world. Please join us in prayer for the areas affected and consider a gift to UMCOR Disaster Response. As we assess the impact of these storms, we will provide timely updates as we receive information. We will also share additional ways in which you can provide assistance.
Hurricane Michael on the Gulf Coast
We are proud to say that because of UMCOR’s investment in disaster response training, our partners are better prepared to reduce risk and respond effectively to the needs of survivors.
UMCOR partners have begun their local response in the Alabama-West Florida, South Georgia and Florida Conferences. Other neighboring conferences have provided assistance, and all were well prepared to respond quickly using UMCOR response training and the UMCOR supply network.
Affected Conferences are not yet ready to receive out-of-conference volunteers. We remind those wishing to provide assistance to please not self-deploy or donate unsolicited items. Many areas are still engaged in emergency response efforts.
Before Hurricane Michael made landfall, Conference Disaster Response Coordinators were in touch with local leaders and secured a 35,000ft2 warehouse in Marianna, FL with
Moreover, the Conference was awarded a $10,000 solidarity grant which partners are using to support evacuees and survivors in the impact zone. Assessments are underway and continue to expand as more residential areas open to response teams. Many church structures have been damaged or destroyed. Partners continue to receive relief supplies from UMCOR warehouses.
For more information please visit, hurricanemichaelrecovery.org, or call 888-942-4477 (please note this line should be used for information relating to the Alabama-West Florida Conference only).
For more information, please visit https://www.sgaumc.org/newsdetail/assessing-hurricane-michael-damage-12238766.
The Florida Conference was awarded a $10,000 Solidarity Grant to deliver relief supplies to affected areas. Early Response Teams are responding and assessing
For information please visit https://www.flumc.org or call 855-228-3862.
Local partners and volunteers have responded to the needs of those affected by Hurricane Florence in unprecedented ways. ERTs are active in both the South Carolina and North Carolina Conferences. Partners have delivered supplies and kits throughout the region and local churches continue to assist with damage assessments and relief efforts. We are asking that those wishing to assist please do not self-deploy or donate unsolicited items. Affected conferences are managing their responses locally and will make requests for materials and response teams as they continue their assessments."