By Jim Truitt
Here is the latest information coming out of the Southeast Jurisdiction (SEJ) regarding relief support from Hurricane Matthew.
I have contacted the South Carolina Disaster Response center and offered our support. I relayed our constraints, i.e. we’d have to fly in, rent vehicles and possibly join a local team. The hotline operator took all of our information and will pass it on to their Early Response Team (ERT) coordinator. She indicated someone would contact me as soon as possible.
Thank you to everyone who has already reached out to us on how to respond to those affected by Hurricane Matthew. At this point, we have received word from South Carolina and Haiti. Please see below for details.
- South Carolina: Early Response Teams are being requested from all Jurisdictions. ERTs must have a trained ERT leader. The South Carolina Conference can help coordinate housing and food, but self-sufficient teams are also needed and welcome. To volunteer, please call 1-800-390-4911.
- Haiti: At this time, UMCOR is strongly advising that all international teams please wait to send volunteers until Haiti has fully transitioned from the relief phase to the recovery phase. UMVIM will communicate any and all needs when recovery projects for volunteers become appropriate and available. Click here to read the full statement from UMCOR.
I will keep you posted as I learn more information.
Blessings to all of you,
Let’s go help some people!
Jim Truitt serves as a co-coordinator for PNW United Methodist Volunteers in Mission. Like PNW UMVIM on Facebook.