Hurricane Florence: Ways you can help today


By Patrick Scriven

As communities in North and South Carolina, Virginia, and much of the East Coast weather the impact of Hurricane Florence, many of us are eager to know what we can do.

Photo: Alexander Gerst/NASA via Twitter

It is anticipated that this storm will linger in the region for several days. While local early responders will begin their assist folks as soon as they can, relief and recovery will follow and very likely occur over an extended period of time.

And United Methodists will be there working with partner organizations through the long haul, just as we continue to help those impacted by last year’s major storms in their recovery.

But even as we wait, we can do something! Here’s three things UMCOR, the denomination’s relief agency, suggests for those interested in helping today:

PRAY for those whose lives will be impacted by current disasters.

relief kits and send them to our relief-supply depots or an affiliate warehouse. Learn more about how to assemble and send a kit here.

towards the efforts of UMCOR and its partners. Donate to U.S. disaster response, international disaster response, or to the UMCOR undesignated fund on the mobile giving platform below.

We can also do one more thing. We can PREPARE. For those in the Pacific Northwest Conference, there is an opportunity coming soon for people interested in being training for the Early Response Team. Learn more and register for this Fall training here.

Below you’ll find an embedded form to give. If it doesn’t work for you, you can also donate here. 100% of ALL donations made to UMCOR go directly to disaster relief efforts!

Patrick Scriven serves as Director of Communications and Young People’s Ministries for The Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Methodist Church. 

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