Thanks to your willingness to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ, we are getting more volunteers, but we still need more. Churches throughout the conference are hosting training sessions for Early Response Teams (ERTs). Dates are currently set through 2016.
According to FEMA statistics released November 14th, 70,550 homeowners in 44 counties of the NC Conference have registered damage to their dwellings from Hurricane Matthew. Of these, 50,127 are uninsured. That’s 71%.
NCCUMC ERTs are currently in 8 of these 44 counties: Bertie, Bladen, Cumberland, Dare, Edgecombe, Lenoir, Pender, and Robeson. Volunteer housing is available in Bertie, Cumberland, Dare, Edgecombe, and Robeson counties.
ERTs provide invaluable help with tree removal, muck out, and mold elimination. And their work is making a difference.
In Princeville, water – 7.5 feet of it – poured over the dike built after Hurricane Floyd to keep water from flooding the town. Inside Mary’s modular home, the water rose to 5 feet. A NCCUMC ERT is currently mucking out her house, and each day Mary makes her way to the house to thank them.
On November 16th, FEMA reports that 1,435 families are currently living in hotel rooms through its Transitional Sheltering Assistance. On November 10th, FEMA approved extension of some families through January 7, 2017. However, 600 households were not granted this extension – November 12th was their last day.
In Lumberton, 500 people with damaged homes are in a hotel through FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance. The Ministerial Association, with the help of churches and community, is providing food for them. And the same things that happen to people every day happen to people in shelters: this past Monday, one of the female residents found out that she has cancer.
Equip yourself to come to their aid.
ERT training opportunities are available throughout the conference in November and December.
- Saturday, Nov 19, St. Andrews UMC, Fayetteville, NC
- Saturday, Dec 3, West End UMC, West End, NC
- Saturday, Dec 10, Garber UMC, New Bern, NC
- Saturday, Dec 10, Christ UMC, Chapel Hill, NC
For more information about volunteering, contact the NCCUMC Disaster Call Center @ 888.440.9167 or firstname.lastname@example.org.