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UMCOR expands efforts to respond to coronavirus pandemic; launches COVID-19 Response Fund


The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is expanding its efforts in the fight against COVID-19. UMCOR has launched a giving campaign, “Sheltering in Love,” to assist vulnerable communities in the United States and around the world. Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, UMCOR has been working with health boards, medical professionals, disaster management coordinators and faith leaders to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. Partners in China, Africa and the Philippines ...

Disaster Response: Easter Sunday Storms


April 13, 2020 8 a.m. Our prayers are for all of those impacted by the Easter Sunday Storms from Texas to the East Coast. Please let me know of any damage in your area in one of three ways: Email:   Text: 205-907-2657   Telephone: 205-932-4266 (leave a message if no answer) Remember that in every disaster our Disaster Response Warehouse in Decatur can always use volunteers. Call ahead to see when you can help. In His Grace, Randy Burbank Disaster Response and Recovery ...

Disaster Response & Recovery Update: The Bahamas Project


Hopefully with a New Year one of your desires is to be more like Jesus by helping others. We are now in Crunch Time for the Bahamas Project. Thanks to some hard work by others behind the scenes, we have managed to find a supplier who can provide AND SHIP the lumber, sheetrock, and hardy board from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Due to restrictions on these types of products, Home Depot in Ft. Lauderdale has the materials that will pass inspection once in Freeport. This means we need the funds to ...

Disaster Response Update: December 16 Storms


Tuesday, December 17, 2019 Greetings, As you are now aware, many people were affected by last night's storms. As we celebrate this Advent season, it reminds us that storms can often come at the worst times. The good news is Christmas still came, despite the storm. I was reminded this past week in a personal devotion that Christmas is not as much about what happens at Christmas, as what happened that first Christmas. Christmas came to Bethlehem where the angels sang, but also to Ramah where the ...

Disaster Response Update: Pay It Forward Bahamas

by: Randy Burbank


This communication is rather long, so please take the time to read all of it. Friends and Faithful Disciples of Jesus, It wasn’t that long ago that we saw the horrendous results of Hurricane Dorian as it swept across the Bahamas, in particular, the island of Grand Bahama. The nature of this beast is that there is always an initial outpouring of support for the Survivors; but in the Long Term Recovery, it is a different storyline. People either soon forget, or worse; they assume everything is now...

Disaster Response Update 8.12.2019


Disaster Response Safety Webinar Below is information on an upcoming webinar concerning safety when we are involved in responding to a disaster.  At the bottom are ways to join in the webinar.  It looks like an excellent training tool for everyone at every level. Training Opportunity: CDC EPIC Webinar August 21 at Noon Disasters—Keeping Volunteers, Workers, and Responders Safe Are you helping to clean up, rebuild, or support other response and recovery efforts after a flood, earthquake, storm, ...

March 31 is UMCOR Sunday (formerly "One Great Hour of Sharing")


United Methodist churches around the world will celebrate UMCOR Sunday (formerly "One Great Hour of Sharing") by receiving a special offering on March 31. North Alabama Conference Disaster Response Coordinator Rev. Randy Burbank says, “UMCOR receives no funding except through your gifts. Thanks to your generosity in the past, UMCOR continues to operate in ways that helps so many. This is how UMCOR receives their operating expenses, so we're counting on your help.“ Indeed, because of gifts ...

Disaster Response Updates (Updated March 13, 2019)


Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Here is the website from Lee County EMA concerning drop off locations for supplies in that area. In His Grace, Randy Burbank Disaster Response and Recovery Coordinator for the North Alabama Annual Conference Email: Message from the Disaster Warehouse in Decatur The United Methodist Disaster Warehouse in Decatur is currently responding to needs in both Lee County (tornadoes) and the Northwest area of Alabama (flooding). The ...

Disaster Response Update: Hurricanes Florence and Michael (Updated Oct. 22, 2018)


Update October 22, 2018 Here is the latest information we have for the needs of volunteer teams. Contact the appropriate Conference Disaster Response Team to register your team or for more information.   Alabama-West Florida Conference Teams from outside their Conference are NOT being requested at this time. However, they have set-up a website to pre-register Teams at A dedicated toll-free phone number has been established: 888-942-4477. A ...

Disaster Response Update: Disaster Preparedness


From The Disaster Response & Recovery Team: We are in the peak of hurricane season. As needs are presented to us, we will work in meeting them through our Disaster Response Warehouse in Decatur. If you're looking for opportunities for mission and to be the hands and feet of Jesus, the Warehouse is a great place to do that, and you don't have to leave the boundaries of our conference to help others. Though we are not in a coastal area, we can be impacted by a hurricane. The following is from the ...

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