A note from Allison Lindsey
Connection Ministries - South Georgia Annual Conference
The Conference Disaster Response Team is monitoring this storm closely. Here are some things to be aware of as we navigate the days ahead. The latest disaster response information will be posted at www.sgaumc.org/disasterresponse.
Keeping in Contact
We have asked pastors whose congregations are impacted to contact their District Superintendent to let him or her know of the condition of their community, church, and immediate needs. The District Superintendent will then be in contact with the Conference Disaster Response team, which will be coordinating our conference-wide response.
Storm Updates: Reliable storm updates can be found at the NOAA Hurricane Center website, www.nhc.noaa.gov.
Ready Georgia Mobile App
: A great resource to stay connected is the Ready Georgia mobile app, http://ready.ga.gov/be-informed/alerts-and-warnings/mobileapp/. This includes shelter maps, ready kit, alerts, and an I AM SAFE feature which notifies your emergency contacts that you are safe after an emergency.
Things to Do Now
For those in the path of Hurricane Michael, we offer the following information to help you as you prepare.
The Red Cross provides information on personally preparing for a disaster. For more information, visit www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies.
Additionally, this is a good time to check on your neighbors and let them know that they do not need to weather the storms of life alone. There will be great opportunity to serve people who are directly impacted by this storm.
Our churches have been overwhelming in their generosity in collecting cleaning kits. We encourage you to continue to put these together. They will be needed in the weeks and months ahead. When it is safe to travel you can continue to drop relief kits off at the churches listed here.
Early Response Teams
We will be disseminating information as to if and when Early Response Teams are needed as soon as we can. These teams work in coordination with county Emergency Management officials and local disaster response groups. They will be activated as soon as it is necessary and safe to do so.
Special offerings to help with storm recovery needs may be sent to the South Georgia Conference Storm Recovery efforts.
Ways to give:
*Mail a check to the Administrative Services Office. Please use Conference Advance Special #6796 - South Georgia Storm Recovery (Disaster Response). Address: PO Box 13145; Macon, GA 31208
Thank you for all you are doing to support our response efforts across South Georgia and extending throughout the connection. We are already seeing incredible ways that our local churches are "Alive Together in Christ."
For Disaster Response related questions, please do not hesitate to reach out:
Associate Director, Office of Connectional Ministries
firstname.lastname@example.org / (912) 393-5524