Hurricane Michael made landfall Wednesday as the most powerful storm to hit the US in decades. There is devastation across parts of the Florida panhandle and in parts of our state. As we wait for assessments and emergency responders to do their work, North Georgia United Methodists are encouraged to pray, give generously, assemble Cleaning Buckets, and begin planning mission trips.
Our best first responses are prayer and giving. Mark gifts for NGUMC Fund #4390 for US Disaster Response. The Conference is also collecting UMCOR Cleaning Buckets at our Disaster Response Warehouse. (Learn more.)
Conference Early Response Teams (ERTs) are standing by to serve our neighbors in the path of this storm, just as they are already at work serving with communities in North and South Carolina that experienced damage from Hurricane Florence. Through our connectional system we are prepared and ready to help each other.
Churches are reminded of the best practices below:
- Do not self-deploy, but wait for the official invitation to respond.
- Check your church calendar. When can your church plan a mission trip in the next 6 months? Over the summer? Over a long weekend? The need will be great and will be ongoing for weeks and months, even years to come.
- Prayers and giving are our most effective first response. (Use NGUMC Fund #4390 for US Disaster Response).
- Assemble UMCOR Cleaning Buckets and deliver to the Conference Disaster Response Warehouse. (Learn more)
- Do not collect unrequested items. Water and clothing and almost never helpful.
- This is a rapidly changing situation, so check ngumc.org and the Weekly Update e-newsletter for the most current information.