UMCOR* Responds to Harvey and Prepares for Irma
*United Methodist Committee on Relief Advance #901670 - U.S. Disaster Relief Fund is on the ground at all US Disasters and this fund helps them wherever disasters strike.
UMCOR is currently working with disaster coordinators and early response teams in Louisiana and Texas to provide relief to the many people whose lives have been impacted by hurricane/tropical storm Harvey. Through its local teams, UMCOR is usually the first on the scene of a disaster and the last to leave. Local standing Emergency Response Teams arrive quickly to assess the damage, the needs, and the path forward to provide support without stressing already limited resources. Once the immediate relief provided, UMCOR prepares for lasting support in various ways including Volunteers in Missions Teams. VIM teams continue to visit areas that are rebuilding from past disasters and will continue to do so as there is need.
Here is how you can help and how UMCOR is already at work because of past support to U.S. Disaster Relief gifts.
5 Things You Can Do
- Please continue to pray for those whose lives have been impacted by hurricane/tropical storm Harvey. Please also pray for the Early Response Teams, disaster coordinators, and many volunteers in The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church, Río Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church and Central Texas Conference who are working tirelessly to provide relief after Harvey.
- Make relief kits, send complete kits to our relief-supply depots or an affiliate warehouse. Download the packing list and shipping label.
- Partner with UMCOR in responding to the needs of communities and individuals impacted by Hurricane Harvey by giving to Advance #901670 using the giving form below. Know with confidence that because of the giving of United Methodists churches around the world the administrative costs of UMCOR are already covered and 100% of the donations made below will be passed on to the import work of disaster relief. For more information watch this Video on Youtube
Ways UMCOR is already at Work:
Wednesday, August 30
- In the Rio Texas Annual Conference, Early Response Teams are at work. For teams interested in supporting the relief efforts there, please visit the conference webpage https://riotexas.org/harvey. Remember that relief teams come in with training and an invitation.
- About 20 churches in the Texas Annual Conference are serving as shelters. It is too soon for Early Response Teams, though cleaning and hygiene kits are being distributed. More kits will be needed. Please go to http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies for more information about preparing kits.
- In the Central Texas Conference, one ER Team will deploy this weekend; two more next week. As kits are distributed, more are needed.
- The people of the Louisiana Conference, already responding to massive flooding in 2016, are gearing up for Harvey’s anticipated arrival. They are building kits, putting ER Teams on alert, and enacting disaster plans and shelter preparation.
Tuesday, August 29
- Severe flooding on interstate highways and roads caused UMCOR Sager Brown delivery of cleaning kits to be re-routed to Beaumont, Texas.
- UMCOR Sager Brown Depot attempted a delivery of 1,000 cleaning kits to Conroe, Texas to affiliate warehouse, the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church Mission Center.
Monday, August 28
- UMCOR disaster recovery grants for Hurricane Harvey were issued to Texas Annual Conference and the Rio Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church.
- UMCOR Sager Brown prepared a load of 1,000 cleaning kits to be distributed in Texas.
Friday, August 25
- In preparation for Hurricane Harvey, UMCOR contacted Conference Disaster Response Coordinators at the Texas Annual Conference, the Rio Texas Annual Conference, and the Louisiana Annual Conference.
- UMCOR - United Methodist Committee On Relief is grateful for your relentless prayers and support.