Category Archive: Disaster Response

After Florence: What you can do to help

With floodwaters in the wake of Hurricane Florence already soaking areas of South Carolina – with more flooding to come as rivers overflow their banks this week – here are a few ways United Methodists across the state can help: Pray For the safety of those affected by the storm. For the safety of first responders …

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Florence update for S.C. (11 a.m. Sunday)

Updated 11:23 a.m. Sept. 16, 2018 Tropical Depression Florence continues to produce widespread heavy rains over northern South Carolina, producing flash flooding and leading to significant river flooding in the coming days. The hardest hit counties apparently are Dillon, Marion and Marlboro counties, state officials say. Flash-flood watches are in effect for Chesterfield, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster and …

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Bishop Holston’s statement on Hurricane Florence

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, issued this statement as Hurricane Florence was bearing down on South Carolina: Sept. 14, 2018 Dear South Carolina United Methodists, We live within the shadow of the Almighty, sheltered by the God who is above all gods. (Psalm 91:1 …

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Hurricane Florence: Coping after a natural disaster

The HealthFlex Employee Assistance Program includes a free resource available to everyone in the South Carolina Annual Conference – regardless of whether you are on a HealthFlex plan or not. “Coping After A Natural Disaster” is a guide offered by Optum Inc. that walks you through what is available in the Employee Assistance Program, including: …

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Hurricane Florence: Stay in touch

As potentially dangerous weather due to Hurricane Florence approaches the Midlands, the United Methodist Conference Center in Columbia could be affected. Should the Conference Center lose power, this website would not be accessible. With or without power, follow us on social media for the latest updates:            

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New hotline set up for Hurricane Florence assistance: 800-451-1954

A centralized Crisis Assistance Hotline has been established to take in and manage calls for assistance in the wake of Hurricane Florence, which is poised to strike along the coast of South Carolina or North Carolina late Thursday or Friday: 800-451-1954 This hotline is part of an effort by volunteer organizations statewide – including the …

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Upcoming ERT training opportunities

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 ERT Basic Class – John Wesley UMC, 626 Savannah Highway, Charleston. Contact: Ed Carson at 843-817-0629 or edmundcarson@gmail.com. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Fee: $35, which includes manual, shirt, cap and badge. Renewal fee: $10. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 Quarterly Training Event – Mt. Horeb UMC, 1205 Old Cherokee Road, Lexington. Contact is …

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Donations needed to help pay for 10,000-plus UMCOR Health Kits

In support of the United Methodist Church’s Abundant Health Initiative, volunteers at the 2018 South Carolina Annual Conference will package more than 10,000 UMCOR Health Kits to be shared with those in need around the world. But before they can make that happen on June 5, the conference needs to pay for the supplies that go into …

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Volunteers needed to help with storm relief calls for assistance

Volunteers are needed to help take calls through the United Way of South Carolina’s 2-1-1 system, which is coordinating the response to needs following Tropical Storm Irma. The efforts of the South Carolina Conference’s Disaster Response and Disaster Recovery ministries and other response agencies will be managed through this system to decrease the potential for …

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Early Response Team training opportunities

We are United Methodist Volunteers in South Carolina who are dedicated to showing the love of Jesus to others in the aftermath of a disaster. We have teams and regional coordinators who cover our state from border to border. Our teams consist of 6-12 people. All members receive 8 hours of training in basic disaster …

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