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How to help flood survivors

Churches can assemble cleaning kits and hygiene kits between now and March 18.

March 8, 2019

Drop off points for UMCOR Cleaning kits and Hygiene kits – please deliver supplies to these locations so they can be picked up for distribution in affected locations on Monday, March 18.

Cedar Crest Camp – Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., please put supplies in the trailer parked in front of the office.

New Chapel UMC – Please call Jim Rogers at 615-944-3327 before drop off.

Feed America First – Drop off times 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday – Friday.

March 4, 2019

Robert Craig, the Disaster Response Coordinator for our area, has been in conversation with several communities that have been affected by the recent floods. Any church or community in our area that has been impacted should reach out to Robert at disasterresponse@tnumc.org. Our district teams can then partner with them in response to their neighbors who are affected.

While the needs are still being determined as waters begin to recede, we know that there will be a need for UMCOR cleaning kits and hygiene kits in the Nashville Episcopal Area. Monetary donations also will be needed to purchase supplies for building repairs.

If a community needs relief supplies, please contact Robert Craig. If the need is beyond what is available within our area, the UMCOR protocol is for Robert to make a formal request to the disaster relief warehouse network. (This is not something that local churches should request from warehouses directly. Robert needs to be able to accurately assess our area needs with the warehouses to allow for the best use of resources available.)

Churches can assemble cleaning kits and hygiene kits between now and March 18. At that time, our teams will gather and distribute them as needed within our conferences. If anything is left, they will transport that to the warehouse in Decatur, AL.

There is also a statewide number that allows survivors to be registered in the network for response to their needs. The number is for the entire state of Tennessee but will identify survivors by specific geographic location. The statewide number is 833-556-2476.