Harbor District Disaster Response Co-Coordinators:
NC Conference Disaster Relief Call Center
Open 8:30am-5pm, (M-F) 1-888-440-1954. You can call this number if you and/or your church would like to make a donation (monetary or supplies), host an ERT Team or offer other assistance. You can also call this number if you are aware people in need in your community due to Hurricane Matthew. The call center staff is helping to match resources with needs across the conference. They will record and relay your request or offer to our Harbor District Disaster Response Co-Coordinators Walt Makaryk and Rev. Jerry Martin so that the proper response can be coordinated.
For more information about the NC Conference Disaster Response, you are invited to this link: http://nccumc.org/news/tag/hurricane-matthew/
Hurricane Matthew Disaster Response Efforts
The conference Disaster Response efforts are continuing to take shape. In addition to the many churches who are helping to address immediate needs in their communities, the conference’s Disaster Response leaders are in the process of assessing damage, setting up internal infrastructure and coordinating with federal, state and local organizations to identify where help is needed. As you can imagine with so many organizations involved, coordinating resources is absolutely essential to making sure needs are prioritized and responses to those needs are not duplicated.
NC Conference’s Disaster Response Web Page
Find info and reports on what’s been done do far by clicking here: http://nccumc.org/news/tag/hurricane-matthew/
Your church looking for a way to help?
The NC Conference Disaster Relief Call Center (pictured below) is located at the Methodist Building in Garner and is staffed 8:30am-5pm, M-F. That number is 1-888-440-1954. You can call this number if you and/or your church would like to make a donation (monetary or supplies) or offer other assistance. You can also call this number if you are aware people in need in your community due to Hurricane Matthew. The call center staff is helping to match resources with needs across the conference. They will record and relay your request or offer to our Harbor District Disaster Response Co-Coordinators Walt Makaryk and Rev. Jerry Martin so that the proper response can be coordinated.
PLEASE BE PATIENT. The United Methodist Church is known for our ability to carry out long term, sustained disaster recovery efforts. After the initial wave of help from early responders subsides, the UMC will be at work in affected communities for many, many months. There will be plenty of opportunities for your church to help.
We’ve had such an overwhelming response that our district now has a surplus of 1000 Health Kits and we are just about out of storage space- locally. The warehouse in Gateway District (at Fairmont) also has a surplus (over 5000) health kits. If your church currently has Health Kits that are ready, that is fine. The MERCI Center (676 Community Drive, Goldsboro, NC) will take them. Their regular hours are Thurs & Sat. 9am-3pm, and if you need to make a drop at another time you can call Bill Haddock 910-262-3831 or Sam Loy 910-385-4540 and they will help you.
The greater need now is Flood Buckets. The deployment of ERT teams has begun and as you know they will be mucking out houses and doing flood remediation for many months. The MERCI Center will take Flood Buckets as well. To see packing list for Flood Buckets go to:
If you cannot get to the MERCI Center, it is possible that we can make arrangements to come to your church to get the kits and buckets.Please click on the link below which will take you to a form on which you can communicate to us how many (if any) Health Kits and/or Flood Buckets you have ready. This will help our Harbor District Disaster Response coordinators in their planning.
On Tues Nov 1 at 9:30am there will be a Conference Call with our district’s Disaster Response Co-Coordinators who will give updates on current/planned disaster response operations and answer questions. That call in number is 866-337-7327, then enter the “Conference Code” of 3657 5237 50 followed by # (the pound sign).
Bishop Ward Assesses Flood Damage in Harbor District
On Oct 20th our NC Conference Bishop, Hope Morgan Ward, toured parts of Harbor District with District Superintendent Edie Gleaves; some leaders of the NC Conference’s Disaster Response and a representative of UMCOR to assess the damage and impact of Hurricane Matthew. Bishop Hope and the group visited with pastors, laity and community leaders throughout the day in some of the hardest hit areas. Stops included the town of Chadbourn and Chadbourn UMC; the town of Fair Bluff and Fair Bluff UMC; the town of Whiteville and Whiteville UMC. To read more and see pictures go to: http://harbordistrictnc.org/bishop-ward-tours-harbor-district/