Disaster Response

January 17 2023


On Thursday, January 12, 2023, severe storms and multiple tornadoes stretched across the Alabama-West Florida and North Georgia Conferences. The South Georgia Conference stands in solidarity with our neighboring conferences, offering prayer and support. 
 
At the request of the North Georgia Conference, the South Georgia Conference has been asked to assist and coordinate the UMC response in Meriwether County. Rev. Glenn Martin, Northwest District Disaster Response coordinator, is taking the lead and is working with the emergency manager and other leaders in the area. 

Glenn led a team today from the Northwest District in Greenville, Ga. The fourteen volunteers were from Wynnton UMC, Pierce Chapel UMC, and Midland UMC. In addition, Dan Henderson brought a skid steer to assist in moving and collecting debris. They did chainsaw work all day, cutting down and cutting up pine trees and cleaning up debris.   
 
The South Georgia Conference shower trailer is being used by the newly established Red Cross shelter in Locust Grove.
 
Early Response Teams
If you have an ERT who can deploy to an affected area either in Alabama or North Georgia, contact one of the district coordinators or contact Glenn directly. Please do not self-deploy. Our coordinators will help find an area for your team to serve. The primary need right now is debris cleanup and chainsaw work. Even if you are not a chainsaw operator, deploying teams need able bodies to help move/haul rubbish so it can be collected.
 
District Coordinators
Kelly Crane, Coastal District Coordinator
kelcrane@gmail.com or 731-499-0491
 
Glenn Martin, Northwest District Coordinator
gmartin0704@gmail.com or 912-312-6341
 
Susan Hughes, South Central District Coordinator
susanjhughes17@gmail.com or 229-423-9381
 
Thomas Smith, Southwest District Coordinator
tldsmith@icloud.com or 229-686-4046

ERT & Chainsaw Operator Safety Training
An ERT & Chainsaw Operator Safety training is set for March 25 at Pierce Chapel UMC (5122 Pierce Chapel Road, Midland GA 31820) beginning at 8am. This training is a collaborative effort of the United Methodist Committee on Relief and United Methodist Volunteers in Mission. Mac Woodridge from Pierce Chapel will serve as the host. Click here to registerFor more information, contact Mac Woodridge at macdaddy1977@gmail.com.
 
Financial Gifts 
Other ways you can help in addition to your prayers for the survivors and volunteers is with your financial donations. 
 
You can donate through your church to our Conference Advance Special #6796 - South Georgia Storm Relief (Disaster Response). Address: PO Box 7227, Macon, GA 31209  

Online donations: 

Thank you for giving! Financial gifts will make a significant impact on any current and future relief and long-term recovery efforts. 
 
In His Service, 
 
Luis Morales
(morhilll@gmail.com, 478-216-7729)