Disaster Response: Hurricane Laura Update

8/27/2020

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Brothers and sisters in Christ,

Hurricane Laura plowed through southern Louisiana and is one of the most powerful storms to strike the Gulf Coast in decades. As it weakens and heads north, it leaves several communities in need of assistance and recovery. The Mississippi Conference Disaster Response Team stands ready to support the needs of those impacted, and are in conversation with the Louisiana Conference about anticipating their needs.

Here in the conference, Seashore Assembly in Biloxi is housing evacuees. The disaster response team is proceeding with submitting a grant application for $10,000 from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and will use it to aid communities here in Mississippi, or if damage is minimal here it will be used to support evacuees and relief efforts in Louisiana. Several regions of Mississippi will remain under tornado and severe weather watches through Thursday evening. Damage assessment is ongoing.

Please do not self-deploy as the communities are not prepared to receive volunteers at this time. However, you can help those affected in the following ways:

  1. Continue to pray for those who suffered loss and/or damage.
  2. Be generous and donate money to UMCOR disaster response. Please do not donate unsolicited items, such as clothing. The most effective donation before and after a disaster is money, which UMCOR can direct to the greatest need. Here are two ways to send donations:
MS Conference of The United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 1603
Jackson, MS 39215
*reference "Hurricane Laura Response" in the memo line.
 

     3. Create cleaning kits
     4. Assemble hygene kits.
     5. Train to become a certified Early Response Team (ERT). This is training that is pertinent for actions immediately following a storm. These ERTs are responsive to and work in coordination with the disaster response coordinators and district superintendents. As it becomes safe, we will deploy small ERTs into disaster affected areas.

Watch for updates on the conference websitesocial media, additional emails for drop-off sites and training opportunities as details are finalized. As more information of needs and volunteer opportunities becomes available, we will share with you.
 
— The Mississippi Conference Disaster Response Team


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