The Port Orchard Tornado Revisited
It's been 10 months since a rare EF 2 Tornado wreaked havoc in Port Orchard, Washington. Jim Truitt, Disaster Response Coordinator for the Greater NW Area, offers us a look back at the work that has been accomplished by numerous volunteers and intentional partnerships.
Saipan Recovery Still Needs Skilled Volunteers
Teams are continuing to form to help survivors return to their homes after Super Typhoon Yutu struck Saipan October 2018 causing catastrophic damage. Learn more about the project and how you can participate in teams forms from October to April.
Go to Camp and Earn a Badge – ERT Style!
Be prepared to serve the next time disaster strikes by attending the Spring Early Response Team training at Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center May 10-11! While you are doing so, be prepared to experience the beauty and hospitality of this amazing Central Washington retreat center.
Saipan Needs Your ERT and Construction Skills
By Kathy Bryson Help get Typhoon Yutu survivors back into their homes by joining a two-week UMCOR specialized team this summer and fall. Flights, accommodations, and...
Creation Care Enhances UMCOR Ministries through Awareness and Collaboration
By Cindy Haverkamp, PNWUMC Creation Care Connector In 2018, natural disasters caused $160 billion in damage and claimed 10,400 lives. Climate models for the future...
Anatomy of a PNW United Methodist Disaster Response
After a rare tornado struck near Port Orchard just before Christmas, community members were eager to help but in need of assistance with management and assessment. Cindy Haverkamp shares how the Pacific Northwest United Methodist Church's Early Response Team stepped in to help to coordinate and assist with recovery efforts.
A United Methodist Response to the National Climate Assessment
Creation Care Connector, Cindy Haverkamp, reflects on ways for United Methodists to respond to last Friday's National Climate Assessment.
Early Response Teams, Hurricane Florence and the power of working together in the West
Three back-to-back Early Response Teams are preparing now for week-long missions to Beaufort, North Carolina (Oct 28 - Nov. 18) to support relief efforts helping people impacted by Hurricane Florence. Leadership is shared by members from the PNW and OR-ID Conferences with other team members coming from Cal-Nev, Desert Southwest and Mountain Sky.
Hurricane Michael: Ways you can help today
By Patrick Scriven With sustained wind speeds just shy of a Category 5 hurricane, Michael is said to be the strongest to make landfall in...
Early Response Teams are Getting Ready – Join Us!
By Kathy Bryson I just received a news article predicting that the upcoming hurricane season will again be busy. The forecast made me reflect on...