Volunteers Needed for Saipan

FEMA to pay for travel, basic accommodations and some food for qualified volunteers


With super typhoon Yutu causing extensive damage to the island of Saipan (part of the Hawaii District of the California-Pacific Conference) in 2018, experienced and trained Emergency Response Team (ERT) volunteers are needed for a minimum two-week commitment to help the people to rebuild.

Because of the urgency of the need, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will offer support through air travel, basic accommodations, and some food expenses.

Resident Bishop Grant J. Hagiya has invited volunteers to come from across the United Methodist connection and leaders in our Pacific Northwest Conference are already assisting in the coordination of the response.

Volunteers must be skilled in construction work and willing to work long days in hot and humid conditions. Team members will be engaged in roofing and minor emergency home repairs for disaster survivors.  Current ERT badged volunteers are desired. Applications accepted now for mission teams.

Click here for more details on requirements.

Contact: Judy Lewis (disasterresponse@calpacumc.org or dfjklewis@aol.com), Cal-Pac UMVIM/Disaster Response Coordinator or Kathy Bryson ( pnwumcert@gmail.com), Saipan Response Coordinator and Early Response Team Coordinator for the PNW Conference.

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