Fill flood buckets, urges disaster coordinator

3/26/2008

In response to widespread flooding throughout the Midwest and Mid-South, Mississippi Conference Disaster Response Coordinator C.J. Caufield has issued a call for flood buckets.

"We need flood buckets. Please put out an appeal for these in your churches. We will need these for the next several weeks," said Caufield. District disaster coordinators have arranged four collection points for flood buckets. (See below.)

Heavy rains last week swelled rivers and creeks, causing flooding throughout Missouri, Arkansas, and Illinois. As the waters flow into the Mississippi River this week, some flooding in Mississippi's Delta counties is expected. "We are watching closely the Mississippi River levels and their potential continued impact on the counties affected," said Caufield. "We want to have ample supplies on hand for this and future needs."

Caufield said volunteers who can pick up and transport flood buckets are also needed. In addition, he is looking for a conference Flood Bucket and Kit Coordinator who would organize regular collection requests for flood buckets and relief kits (school, hygiene, layette, bedding, etc.) and related logistics in times of disaster. To volunteer, e-mail disasters@mississippi-umc.org or call 601.940.7272.

Collection Points
CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI AREA
Clinton First UMC
100 Mount Salus Dr., Clinton
601.924.6671
Points of contact: Bill Burrow or Linda Pope
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
March 31-April 4 and April 7-11
Dave Greene and Davis Winstead are the West Jackson District Disaster Response Co-Coordinators

DELTA HILLS AREA
Greenville Trinity UMC
850 McAllister St., Greenville
662.332.1815
Point of contact: Davis Carothers
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
March 31-April 3 and April 7-10
Gary Howse is Greenwood District Disaster Response Coordinator

NORTH MISSISSIPPI AREA
Tupelo St. Luke UMC
1400 Clayton Ave., Tupelo
662.869.5176
Points of contact: Howard and Carol Crump
9 - 11 a.m. April 5
Howard and Carol Crump are Tupelo District Disaster Response Co-Coordinators

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI AREA
Petal Asbury UMC
1331 Hwy. 42, Petal
601.545.3006
Point of contact: Kristen Pratt
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
March 31-April 3 and April 7-10
Rob Webb and Charley Sue Speed are Hattiesburg District Disaster Response Co-Coordinators