Louisiana Flood Disaster Response- Update!

UPDATE

AS OF SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

All of the donated items were packed up and taken to Lousiana for continued flood relief efforts.

Thank you to all of the volunteers that helped make this great opportunity a reality.

Louisiana Flood Disaster Response

*Update*

Thank you to the many churches and individuals who dropped off flood buckets and other flood relief items for our friends in Louisiana these past few weeks. The first two trucks that departed from Cokesbury UMC were filled with 60 cleaning buckets and 100 box fans, among many other flood relief items. The 3rd and final truck will depart this coming week for the Sager Brown Warehouse in Louisiana. If you have any remaining items to donate, please be sure to get them to Cokesbury UMC by Monday, September 12. It has been a joy to serve as a collection site and to meet so many faithful and caring United Methodists across this great district. Feel free to call the church office at 850-476-5818 for more information.

*Update*

(Susan Hunt) – Our hearts are broken with the news of severe flooding in Louisiana over the last several days. Thousands of people have been displaced and are in temporary shelters after over two feet of rain fell in a short span of time, flooding many homes. Our brothers and sisters there need our help.

First, please pray for all those who are affected by this disaster.

Second, please do not self-deploy to disaster areas until the people in Louisiana have issued an invitation. In the weeks and months to come there will be an appropriate time we can help in person, but that time is not yet. There is no place for volunteers to stay, and we would displace those residents needing shelter now.

Third, there are a few items they have requested:

  • UMCOR Cleaning Buckets (Formerly called Flood buckets; click here for assembly instructions)
  • Box fans (To help dry out homes)
  • 25′ Extension Cords (So people can move the fans around in a home)
  • 2 gallon garden sprayers (To kill mildew and mold)
  • Flat billed shovels (To take out wet carpet, carpet pads, sheet rock, insulation, etc.)
  • Garden rakes with 3″ tines (To gather limbs, leaves and trash that have floated into a home.)
  • 2-wheeled wheel barrows (To carry wet items and trash to the road/street)
  • Adult diapers, baby diapers and baby wipes.

Please call the churches in advance to make arrangements for dropping off your items as not all have the same office hours during the week. Click on the church name above for their address and contact information.

Volunteers may also be needed at the above listed collection sites to help unload and load donations. Please contact the collection sites directly to offer assistance.

Transportation:

Several people have already volunteered to transport donations to Baton Rouge FUMC, the Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, LA, and to the disaster response warehouse in Decatur, AL. However, we need additional drivers. If there is someone in your church with a truck and/or trailer and who would be willing to pick up and deliver our donated items from any of our collection sites, please contact Susan Hunt at 334-356-8014 or susan@awfumc.org, Amelia Fletcher at 251-978-8384 or amelia@gulfshoresumc.org.

Volunteers:

Baton Rouge First UMC is accepting volunteers at this time. They have some housing at the church available for 30-40 people, as well as showers and inflatable mattresses. Volunteers should be able to rake and muck out; ERT badges are not required. Our preference is for teams to have leaders who have been through ERT training.

Before deploying, team leaders must:

  • contact George Ragsdale at dgrags@firstmethodist.org for dates available and scheduling.
  • brief their teams on disaster response protocol and interaction with survivors
  • collect volunteer forms (click here)
  • have proof of volunteers’ insurance
  • provide ID badges for team identification
  • notify your district disaster coordinators of your deployment

More information can be found here.

http://www.umcor.org/umcor/resources/news-stories/2016/august/lafloods

http://www.awfumc.org/newsdetail/louisiana-flooding-disaster-response-5663656