The flooding in Louisiana brings back painful memories for those who witnessed and responded to the devastation after Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. United Methodists were instrumental in that recovery and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is already sending funding, working with local governments and other relief agencies to continue helping those in Louisiana recover from flooding on Aug.11, 2016 and again over the next weekend. This disaster is being called the worst disaster since Superstorm Sandy.
This new flooding has caused delays in accepting teams, but Louisiana is accepting registrations. Please be patient as their response may be delayed as they deal with this new flooding and continue to deal with the earlier flooding.
St John's (NH) Mission Team to Southern Louisiana Dec. 3 -10, 2016, Cost - $250, not counting airfare. Contact Keith Launchbury of St, John’s UMC in Dover, NH at Keithlaunchbury@gmail.com or (954) 303-1022.
New England/New York Annual Conference Disaster Relief possibility to West Virginia Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2016, dependent on volunteer interest. We will be partnering with the New York Annual Conference, taking up to 12 volunteers and we will be driving. More details after we gauge interest in these dates. Contact Barbara Burnside, New England Conference Disaster Response & Mission Coordinator at email@example.com by Oct 6.
The Louisiana flooding is one of 150 active disasters where UMCOR is currently responding in the U.S. and UMCOR typically makes a dollar stretch until it screams.
UMCOR makes sure that conferences account for exactly how the money is spent and that everyone who receives help has been vetted by a case manager, ensuring that only those who truly have unmet needs receive the limited and precious resources. UMCOR also monitors how much can be spent on staff to manage the relief and recovery efforts.
The latest training available can be found on the Upcoming Training Opportunities page of this website.
The New England Conference is blessed to have many trained ERTs, but we have a significant number who need recertification. In preparation for an invitation from the new disaster areas, we invite you to contact Barbara Burnside to schedule a recertification training and our conference will:
May God bless you to be a blessing in this time of need and every day!