Uniting in North Carolina to assist neighbors flooded by Florence

Written by Connie Larkman 

UCC Managing Editor & News Director 

Cleveland / October 2, 2018 

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As flood waters recede across the southeast portion of North Carolina, the amount of clean up and recovery work following Hurricane Florence becomes more evident, with the Southern Conference United Church of Christ responding in several ways. First, coordinating an effort to collectively assemble 500 Emergency Clean-Up Buckets, as a concrete way to assist the people along the coast. Second, with a call for chaplains and experienced crisis counselors to staff Disaster Recovery Centers that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is setting up in the affected areas. Third, with prayers and with presence - neighbors helping neighbors through the difficult days ahead. 

"Due to the persistence of high water FEMA is just starting to identify where Disaster Recovery Centers will be placed and when they will open," said Jon Wallace, SOC Conference Disaster Ministries Coordinator. "But the Southern Conference (SOC), responding to the request from a task force of North Carolina Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster (NCVOAD), put out a text request to all Conference clergy and sent an email to our ecumenical disaster partners. To date more than a dozen UCC and Disciples of Christ clergy have called in to volunteer with more expected."
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How the Southern Conference is Responding to Hurricane Florence

The Conference has been working all week! We have multiple things in place. We are working with National, multiple denominations, and the Conference’s Disaster Coordinating Team is in communications with our pastors and churches in the impacted areas. The Conference E-blast and website will be communicating updates throughout the week on our affected churches and how others can help. 

We are now compiling all of our inventory within the Conference such as those churches that will provide shelter for displaced victims, distribution centers for collected items, and clergy and laity who will serve as volunteers.  

We all have to wait now to start the recovery process. The First Responders are in place and many roads have been closed. Check for updates on the E- blast, website, and National news. 

I continue to keep all of you in my prayers!

Rev. Dr. Edward Davis


500 Emergency Buckets Initiative

Each Bucket should contain:

Five-gallon bucket with resealable lid
4 scouring pads 
7 sponges, including one large ones
1 scrub brushes 

18 reusable cleaning towels (e.g. Easy Wipes or Handi Wipes) 
1-50 oz. or  2- 25 oz bottles of liquid laundry detergent 
1-16 to 28 oz. bottle of liquid disinfectant dish soap 
1- 12 to 16 oz. bottle of household cleaner that can be mixed with water 

(no spray bottles)
1 package of 48-50 clothespins 
Clothesline, 100 ft. or 2-50 ft. 
5 dust masks 
2 pairs heavy-duty, waterproof dishwashing gloves ( latex-free, non-surgical) 
1 pair work gloves, cotton with leather palm or all leather 
24-28 heavy duty or contractor type 30-45 gallon trash bags on a roll and

 removed from the carton
1- 6 to9 oz. bottle of non-aerosol insect repellent

Tape the lids to the filled bucket with packing tape before delivery. 

All cleaning items must be new—all liquid items must be capped and securely tightened.  Place all items into the bucket, making sure they are packed securely to avoid damage during shipment.  Snap the lid on tight and seal with packing tape. 

Return Buckets to your church/organization. They will be taken to a Depot.


United Church of Christ expands Hurricane Relief 

Written by Connie Larkman 

UCC News, Cleveland 

UCC Disaster Ministries, which is also encouraging continued prayer for all the families, individuals, first responders and emergency management staff in the region, has already established a 2018 Hurricane Relief response to expand current capacities and assist through established relief networks and partners in the impacted areas.

"UCC Disaster Ministries for its part continues to collaborate with the conference, offering up financial resources, guidance and expertise," said Zach Wolgemuth, executive, UCC Disaster Ministries. "Right now the best thing people can do is to continue to be in prayer and give financially. We know the recovery from this storm will be long-term and we are committed to being in it for the long-haul."

Give to the UCC 2018 Hurricane Relief Effort here.   



IF YOUR CHURCH BUILDING IS DIRECTLY IMPACTED AND DAMAGED

Please contact your insurance agent, AS YOU NORMALLY DO.  

Right now - DO NOT COLLECT ANYTHING.  DO NOT COLLECT CLOTHES!!!  Donated items can become very costly to store, maintain, and distribute.  The costs will be your responsibility so DO NOT COLLECT anything.  Soon after landfall local authorities will determine what items are needed and we will communicate those needs to you.  

Additional notifications will be distributed if needed via the Southern Conference Automated Call System via phone and/or text, e-News and website.  PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THESE.  We are doing our best to keep you informed.    Pray.  Pray. Pray.  Thank you for your attention and support.  

SOC DISASTER MINISTRIES COORDINATOR:  JON WALLACE

Email:  disasterjonsoc@gmail.com  OR jonrwallace@me.com

PASTORS MAY CALL:  303-562-4272. LOCAL DISASTER REPS BELOW:

  • EVA Disaster Rep: Rev Rob Edwards

  • WNCA Disaster Rep: Rev Nathan King (temporary)

  • ENCA Disaster Rep:  Rev Eddie Weathers

Advocating "A Just World for All" through the Disaster Ministries and Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ.