Thank you to everyone who is willing and able to respond with help to those suffering in North Carolina from Hurricane Matthew. You can find all related Hurricane Matthew information by following this link: Hurricane Matthew Response. Right now our priority is to keep everyone safe. Many communities are still asking for people to stay off the roads.
Please do not send work teams or leave your local area until the water recedes. If there are places in your surrounding community where you can provide help, please do so carefully! You can check to see which roads are closed at readync.org.
We will notify Disaster Response Teams when it is safe to travel and we are ready for assistance. Team leaders may contact your District Disaster Response Coordinator or Ann Huffman, Disaster Response Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-440-9167.
In the meantime, here are three ways you can help.
1. Give to NC Storm Response (#S-00176)
Give online via PayPal or through your local congregation. All donations to the NC Storm Response Advance Special are tax deductible.
To donate offline, please place a check in your local United Methodist Church offering plate and designate NC Storm Response #S-00176 on the memo line OR mail a check to Conference Treasurer-Raleigh Area, P.O. Box 890202, Charlotte, NC 28289-0202 with NC Storm Response #S-00176 on the memo line.
Sometimes standard methods of disaster response financing for storm-related emergencies are inadequate. In these situations, conference appeals for costs related to mitigating the disaster – direct support to affected families and costs in delivering assistance – are issued.
In these cases, the NC Disaster Response Committee can address the issues of church property in disasters. The Conference Disaster Response Committee administers this fund.
2. Assemble Cleaning Buckets & Health Kits
Cleaning Buckets (sometimes called Flood Buckets) can be assembled. If you were not affected by Hurricane Matthew, this is an excellent way to support areas that have damage. Watch the video above or visit UMCORs website for assembly instructions.
Health Kits provide basic necessities to people who have been forced to leave their homes because of human conflict or natural disaster. Health Kits are also used as learning tools in personal hygiene, literacy, nutrition, and cooking classes.
3. Gather Your Equipment & Prepare Your Teams
While we are waiting until it’s safe to send in teams, please begin collecting your equipment/tools and contacting your team. This preparation will ensure your team is ready to help when we start the recovery process.
Thank you for your patience and all of your help!