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UPDATE – Hurricane Harvey: How you can help

As the remnants of Hurricane Harvey continue to flood Texas, United Methodists across South Carolina and the nation are asking, “What can I do to help?”

The United Methodist Committee on Relief exists precisely to provide the answer:

Pray

Pray for the safety of those affected by the storm, emergency responders, and the Early Response Teams, disaster coordinators and many volunteers in The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist ChurchLouisiana Conference of The United Methodist ChurchRío Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church and Central Texas Conference, who are working tirelessly to provide relief after Harvey.

Donate financially

Give to UMCOR’s Advance U.S. Disaster Response, (#901670), which allows UMCOR to respond quickly and appropriately to emergencies in the United States, such as what’s going on right now in Texas.

Build and donate relief kits

Relief-supply kits answer a need for disaster survivors while, at the same time, offering an important connection for the giver.

UMCOR provides easy, step-by-step instructions for how to assemble:

The kits can be delivered to the S.C. Conference Center at 4908 Colonial Drive in Columbia.

If you don’t want to build kits yourself, you can help keep relief supplies in stock by making a donation to UMCOR’s Material Resources Advance (#901440).

Early Response Teams

South Carolina Local Early Response Teams that are considering deploying to help hurricane/flood survivors in Texas are asked to wait until the appropriate authorities ask for assistance.

This makes sure your efforts are coordinated with what’s already in play on the ground, and ensures that your generous time and efforts aren’t wasted.

If you have a team that’s interested in deploying, or you are interested in joining an Early Response Team, please contact Nikki Ulmer at nulmer@umcsc.org.

Get trained

The South Carolina Conference is always in need of more trained Early Response Teams, the groups that go in after a disaster and help begin the clean-up process.

You must be trained and certified by the Conference before we can deploy you to work in disaster response efforts.

The next ERT training class is scheduled for:

Saturday, Oct. 7
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Zion United Methodist Church
5708 S.C. 187 North
Anderson, South Carolina

For more information, contact Mark Springer at 864-367-8047 or masprin@bellsouth.net.

In the meantime…

There’s still plenty of Disaster Recovery work to be done here in South Carolina. Hundreds of families are still either displaced or living in damaged homes in the wakes of both the historic 2015 floods and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

If you want to help people in need closer to home, please contact Nikki Ulmer, volunteer coordinator for the Disaster Recovery Ministry of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, at nulmer@umcsc.org.

Click here to learn more about how you can get involved
in South Carolina’s Disaster Recovery Ministry.

 

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