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Nashville Episcopal Area prepares to respond as Hurricane Florence tracks to hit east coast of U.S.

October 18 Update: 

It’s time to load another truck with supplies! Click for dropoff locations and dates. The shipment will leave our area on Monday, October 29.


October 15 Update:

First Load of Disaster Supplies Sent from TNUMC

The UMCOR depot tells us that the desperate needs right now are: 20-inch box fans, 25 ft extension cords, 2-gallon garden sprayers, square-tipped shovels, garden rakes, hygiene kits, and cleaning kits. And – this is new – tornado kits!


October 11 Update: 

At least 7 churches in the Panama City Area have major damage and a parsonage in Port St. Joe is totally gone. Right now, donations are needed and can be given directly through the Alabama-West Florida Conference website:  hurricane-michael-recovery-12221022.

Checks can be mailed to:
Alabama-West Florida Conference
Attention: Suzanne Krejcar
4719 Woodmere Boulevard
Montgomery, AL 36106
Memo line: Hurricane Michael Recovery


October 10 Update:

The South Carolina Conference has opened up to outside ERTS from the Jurisdiction. Only the team leader is required to be ERT leader trained.
Teams interested in volunteering should contact Robert Craig at disasterresponse@tnumc.org.

Reminder: Churches with in-house storage are encouraged to collect UMCOR kits.  The Nashville Area disaster team will communicate more in mid-October regarding  our response.


Sept. 29 Update: Help Requested for Hurricane Clean-Up

The North Carolina Conference is now requesting assistance from Early Response Teams and ERT led teams (at least one person be ERT trained on the team).

There is a great need around the conference to clean up after Hurricane Florence. “We need LOTS of ERT teams on the ground now in LOTS of areas,” said Rob Pavone, NCC UMVIM Coordinator.

ERT trained teams can contact Robert Craig at disasterresponse@tnumc.org to be connected with the team in NC.


Sept. 17 UPDATE: 

RELIEF KITS: “The ongoing needs of recovery for North and South Carolina will continue for months to come. Memphis and Tennessee Conference Churches may begin to work on Health Kits and Cleaning Kits and store them in their own facilities for 30 days. There is no drop-off location at the present time since depot storage facilities are already at capacity. By Oct. 17, we will (announce) a central location and be able to receive kits.”  ~ Rev. Robert Craig, Nashville Episcopal Area coordinator of Disaster Response Ministry,


Memphis & Tennessee Conferences
To South Carolina Conference
Dates: Nov. 25-30, 2018
Exact location and more details will be known as dates get closer.
Cost: $250.00 per person (materials, housing and food)
More Info: Rev. Brian Stahl | brobrian2015@gmail.com | 731-592-8746


Original Post 9/10/2018

Hurricane Florence is predicted to hit the East Coast of the U.S. this week. To be prepared to be in ministry with those who might be affected, below is some helpful information at this time for United Methodist churches and individuals who want to help.

The Memphis and Tennessee Conferences will work together via the Nashville Episcopal Area Disaster Response Ministry. This joint ministry began in January 2018.

For additional information as events might unfold related to Hurricane Florence, follow Memphis Conference communications:


>Pray for those whose lives are affected. 

>Do not self-deploy. Wait for invitations to volunteer from the disaster-affected area. The affected area must first be able to house and feed volunteers. Invitations to respond with supplies or volunteers will come directly from staff in the affected United Methodist conference.

>Donate money. 

Mail to conference treasurer’s office and designate funds accordingly:

Remit other ways to conference treasurer’s office. | Designate #901670 U.S Disaster Response Advance and/or #901440 Material Resources Advance.

  • Memphis Conference – Send donation with church’s monthly conference tithe.
  • Tennessee Conference – Send donation with online apportionment payment: Click Here.

Make online donation to United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).


“Thanks to the wonderful support of United Methodists throughout the connection, UMCOR relief warehouses are well stocked at this time. We can plan to assemble relief kits when the need is expressed in the future by the relief network,” according to Rev. Robert Craig, Nashville Episcopal Area coordinator of Disaster Response Ministries.

Financial donations, explained Craig, “will be used to deploy material and human resources when the requests are made by our sisters and brothers in the areas impacted by the current hurricanes and tropical depressions threatening our coasts.”

For more information, contact Robert Craig at: