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Fire Relief Buckets and ERT Ash Sifters are needed

By Tom Mattick, Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, and Polly Turner, ERT Trainer With the fires in the town of Bagdad, we are reminded of the fire risks associated with the drought and the devastation they can cause to properties and structures in their path....

Early Response Team Training – August 11, 2021

ERT mission teams respond to natural disasters across the country, bringing Christian presence of hope when a home has been damaged. We remove debris and salvage belongings to create a safe, sa­­­­­­nitary, and secure home. Other times we work in a disaster center helping them make necessary decisions or meeting their special needs. We work with many other religious, government, and secular organizations to mitigate their losses.

ERT Deployment to Louisiana

We received a request for ERT assistance in Louisiana around the Lake Charles area devastated by flooding. Our bishop has approved our deployment. The principle work is tarping, debris removal and mucking houses.

To deploy you need a current UMCOR ERT badge (expiration date is printed on the badge). As your current badge is expired according to our records, you will need to complete a recertification class. Polly is planning to offer a refresher class as the team deploys, if that is your need. Also, an online class will be offered at time to be determined.

Masks from UMCOR for Desert Southwest Conference UMC

In May, Rev. Tom Mattick who chairs our Conference Disaster Response team, shared an email with me that UMCOR had notified all annual conferences of the availability of more than 172,000 cloth facial coverings infused with copper and silver. The masks came from FEMA...

Facebook the Connection in Mission & Justice

Billie K. Fidlin Director of Outreach & Justice While COVID-19 has been dominating our sharing from statistics to empty pews, as we all know the news marches on. Unemployment figures on the rise, businesses reopening in a “new normal” fashion. People who have lost...

Begin with Prayer

Please continue to pray for those whose lives have been impacted by recent disasters. Please also pray for the Early Response Teams, disaster coordinators, and many volunteers.

Share Opportunities to Respond

Use the new Power Point Presentation in worship or to create social media graphics to let your community know what they can do to support the disaster relief efforts.

Share the NEW Bulletin Insert

Advance #901670: UMCOR United States Disaster Response

UMCOR is working with disaster coordinators and ERTs to provide relief in areas impacted by epidemics, devastated by storms, ongoing recovery from floods, and wildfires. Check out the options for extending the love of Jesus below or contact Tom Mattick by clicking here.

ERT Supplies & Scholarships

Help replenish the Desert Southwest Conference Disaster Response trailer and fund volunteers scholarships to travel to the affected areas. To contribute by mail, send your check payable to the Desert Southwest Conference, 1550 E Meadowbrook Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85014, and indicate “floods” in the memo line.

NOW: Get Trained as an Early Response Team (ERT) & Volunteer

UM Volunteers In Mission

Advance #982450: UMCOR international relief fund

Unite with Hope

UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief) is grateful for your relentless prayers and support.

Need some help putting together your clean up kit for UMCOR?  Here are some links.  We ask that local churches ship these kits directly to UMCOR or UMCOR West using the labels below.  We know that the cost for shipping kits is significant please plan for this as you undertake a kit project.

Clean Up Bucket Supply List

See the UMCOR list of supplies that need to be included in the cleaning buckets.

Sager Brown Shipping Label

Download the shipping label that needs to be used to ship buckets to the Sager Brown Depot Louisiana

UMCOR West Depot

Please use this label to ship buckets to the UMCOR West Depot in Salt Lake City.

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