Tornado recovery begins


Dozens of tornadoes ripped though Missouri, Illinois, Alabama, Georgia and Florida March 1-2, killing at least 20 people. Tom Hazelwood, United Methodist Committee on Relief’s domestic disaster response executive, visited Alabama March 6 to survey the damage and offer additional assistance. 


UMCOR has already released two emergency grants, one to the South Georgia Annual Conference and one to Alabama-West Florida to support their initial response to this disaster. “We join with the religious and civic leaders of the affected communities in remembering the lives lost, those injured, and the families torn apart,” said R. Randy Day of the General Board of Global Ministries.


At least two churches were affected by the storms. One, in Enterprise, Ala., was across the street from the high school where eight students were killed by the tornado. 


How You Can Help

Volunteers in Mission teams interested in working in the Enterprise area should coordinate trips through the Southeastern Jurisdiction UMVIM office, according to Robert McCoy, conference UMVIM chair. Contact the SEJ UMVIM office at 404.377.7424.

Cash gifts will help provide for recovery. Checks can be mailed to UMCOR, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY 10087. Write “UMCOR Advance #901670, Domestic Disaster Response,” on the memo line of your check. One hundred percent of every donation to any appeal goes to support the designated program.