Hurricane Ike made its devastating landfall in Galveston, Tex., and along the Gulf Coast on Sept. 12, forcing many people into temporary shelters and leaving about 1.5 million people without power. Hurricane Ike caused severe damage to homes, businesses and communities—making it the largest recovery effort in the state’s history.
Sam Dixon, UMCOR's top executive, said, "While we do not know the full extent of the people's needs in Texas, UMCOR, will work quickly to understand and respond and begin the process to help people rebuild their lives." UMCOR is in contact with affected annual conferences and is making assessments for long-term recovery work. UMCOR's domestic disaster response staff has been deployed to assist in the recovery.
Help storm survivors by sending much-needed flood bucket supplies. Visit UMCOR's Relief Supplies webpage for more information. Download Hurricanes 2008 church bulletin for ways you can help serve affected communities or share this bulletin with your local church and collect a special offering. You can also give to Hurricanes 2008, UMCOR Advance #3019695.
VIM TEAMS TO THE TEXAS CONFERENCE
At this time we [Texas Annual Conference] are planning for groups who wish to aid our region with disaster response. If your conference or church has a response team that is interested in coming here please go to this link: http://www.txcumc.org/ikevolunteer and fill out your information. We will respond as quickly as possible.