Over the past few weeks we have seen what some people would call unprecedented weather events throughout our nation. The southeastern United States have been particularly hard hit. From the flooding we are experiencing in Kentucky through the catastrophic tornado damage from Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Virginia. As the waters recede here in Kentucky, it is time that we pull up our boots and prepare to go to work. When speaking with the Red Cross earlier this week, their preliminary assessment was that more than 400 homes have been significantly impacted by flooding. They expect that number to increase as the waters go down and a more thorough assessment can be made.
The Kentucky Conference has started the process of collecting "flood buckets" to help with the initial stages of recovery. To see how you can assemble a cleanup bucket, go to this link http://gbgm-umc.org/umcor/print/kits/floodbucket.stm
. Below are listed the collection points throughout the conference:
Madisonville District Ogden Memorial UMC
305 West Main Street, Princeton, KY 42445
Owensboro District Beaver Dam UMC
302 N. Lafayette, Beaver Dam, KY 42320
213 South Morgan Street, Morganfield, KY 42437
Bowling Green District Allen County, Scottsville 1st UMC
400 East Main Street, Scottsville, KY42164
Barren County, Park City UMC
67 Mammoth Cave Avenue, Park City, KY 42160
Butler County, Morgantown 1st UMC
301 North Main Street, Morgantown, KY 42261
Hart County, Munfordville 1st UMC
421 Hardyville Road, Munfordville, KY 42765
Logan County, Russellville Temple UMC
395 South Main Street, Russellville, KY 42276
Simpson County,1st Franklin UMC
107 North College Street, Franklin, KY 42134
Todd/Christian County, Petrie Memorial UMC
202 East Main Street, Elkton, KY 42220
Warren County, The Foundry
531 West 11th Avenue, Bowling Green, KY 42102
Covington District Cynthiana 1st UMC
302 East Pike Street, Cynthiana, KY 41031
Elizabethtown District Memorial UMC for the community of Colesburg
631 North Miles Street, Elizabethtown, KY 42702
Radcliff UMC for the community of West Point
275 South Woodland Drive, Radcliff, KY 40160
Lexington District Lexington 1st UMC
200 West High Street, Lexington, KY 40507
New Beginnings in Stanford
310 West Main Street, Stanford, KY 40484
Ashland District Ashland First UMC
1811 Carter Ave., Ashland, KY 41105
Flemingsburg First UMC
117 West Main Street, Flemingsburg, KY 41041
195 Caroline Road, Raceland, KY 41169
Grayson Bagby Memorial UMC
201 N. Hord St., Grayson, KY 41143
There are some specific areas we need to be aware of and coordinate efforts with other agencies. Due to the scope of disaster south of us from the tornadoes, assistance from outside of Kentucky will be limited. There will be a number of Kentucky groups, agencies and services responding to this disaster in Kentucky, and we need to make every effort to ensure that we make the best use of our resources.
Coordinate/Communicate requests for resources
If your church receives a request for resources from another local group, please share that request to this office. A common occurrence in a disaster response is where the requests for resources are made to multiple agencies and groups, and several of the agencies respond and there is an abundance and/or duplication of resources in one area and a lack in another.
As volunteer teams are developed to respond to this emergency, please communicate the following information about the team to either your District Disaster Coordinator or the Conference Disaster Coordinator:
· the number of people on the team
· the team availability, such as when and how long
· team capabilities and skills
· tools that the team will bring
· any housing/feeding/other support needed by the team
Request for volunteer teams
When making request for outside volunteer resources please provide the following information to either the District Disaster Coordinator or the Conference Disaster Coordinator:
· a description of the mission, e.g. cleaning out homes, rebuilding, etc.
· a rough scope of work, e.g. number of homes to be cleaned out
· local resources available which may be able to support the team if needed, e.g. housing, feeding, showers, etc.
· timeframe a team or teams are needed
With this information we will work to coordinate teams with specific communities and/or needs so that your team will get the best experience possible in this situation and that all the needs for the community can be met efficiently. The coordination will not only be within the United Methodist Church resources but also with outside agencies so that we do not end up with multiple teams at the same place to do the same thing unless that is needed.
Just as we are not alone within the Methodist Church to respond to the situation, neither is the Methodist Church alone within the community of faith and the state to respond to the situation.
9-10 It's better to have a partner than go it alone.
Share the work, share the wealth.
And if one falls down, the other helps,
But if there's no one to help, tough!
11 Two in a bed warm each other.
Alone, you shiver all night.
12 By yourself you're unprotected.
With a friend you can face the worst.
Can you round up a third?
A three-stranded rope isn't easily snapped.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (The Message)
Chair, Disaster Response Team
Disaster Response Coordinator
Kentucky Annual Conference
The United Methodist Church