How you can help:
Make arrangements to check on members of your congregation and or your pastors – particularly the elderly and homebound – before and after the storm. Encourage them to follow the safety directives of emergency management officials. Try to help those who need to evacuate, but who might have trouble doing so. Emergency shelters can be found at here
Gather important documents for yourself and the church and make sure they are secure. Make copies and bring them with you if you evacuate. Secure outside items that might float or blow away.
It’s also important to remember some key elements of our disaster response plan. The best way to help before and immediately after the storm is to give financially. You can give to support the S.C. Conference disaster response here.
Your church can also put together UMCOR Cleaning buckets (also called Flood Buckets) or health kits.
In the immediate aftermath of the storm, only emergency personnel will be allowed in many of the affected areas. Please do not try to respond yourself until state and local officials indicate that it is safe to do so. Rushing in can put you in harm’s way and endanger first responders, as well.
Our Early Response Teams have special credentials that allow them to enter affected areas before the general public has access. These teams work in coordination with county Emergency Management officials and local disaster response groups. They will be activated as soon as it is necessary and safe to do so.
Once you are able to assess damage at your church and home and in your community, let your district superintendent and district disaster response coordinator know of any issues. You can help be disaster response team’s eyes and ears in the community, helping us to help others.
We can send ERTs to help with tarping roofs, mucking out buildings and homes, clearing debris and removing fallen trees.
We have more than 200 Early Response Team members on standby, waiting to see how and where we will be impacted by Hurricane Matthew. After the storm, we will be able to give out more information about how United Methodist Churches in South Carolina can help with any recovery efforts.
If you have questions, please contact:
Disaster Response Coordinator
803-786-9486 etc. 265
Disaster Response Resources:
Conference Disaster Response Plan
District Disaster Response Coordinators
Sample Local Church Disaster Response Plan
Local Church Disaster Response Coordinator Suggested Job Description
Emergency Preparation checklist