United Methodist Committee on Relief

The UMCOR Hotline for August 24, 2016

In this issue of the UMCOR Hotline, learn how UMCOR is responding to communities impacted by severe floods in Louisiana, and learn how you can support affected communities by assembling much-needed cleanup buckets.



Days of torrential rain inundated the state of Louisiana, beginning August 11. Flooding has impacted at least 40,000 homes, and about 30,000 people and 1,000 pets were rescued from high water. At least 11 people are known to have died in the disaster.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) issued an emergency grant to the Louisiana Annual Conference, releasing 2,950 cleanup buckets to United Methodist churches in LaFayette and Baton Rouge, areas severely affected by the floods, for distribution.

UMCOR stands ready to release another 2,000 cleanup buckets to go to the most vulnerable areas identified by the conference, as more cleanup buckets are being assembled to meet more needs.

The state of Mississippi also was affected by flooding, and UMCOR has readied relief supplies to go there, when the water recedes.

Several churches have been converted to shelters for those that have been displaced. Four of the parishes received a Federal disaster declaration, so FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, was mobilized.

“The Red Cross national office reached out to us, and we have connected them with the Louisiana Annual Conference leadership, as well as with UMCOR Sager Brown for warehouse space, cleaning buckets, distribution assistance, and shelter for evacuees,” said Greg Forrester, UMCOR U.S. Disaster Response executive.

Forrester recalled that the flooding in Louisiana comes as the height of the Atlantic hurricane season approaches. He said this event would deplete available supplies of cleanup buckets and urged those who want to help to assemble these vital relief-supply kits.

As always, UMCOR asks that volunteers DO NOT self-deploy and do not send unsolicited items, such as clothing. Instead, please consider assembling and sending cleanup buckets and donating much-needed funds to the U.S. Disaster Response, Advance #901670 to respond to this and coming disasters.

Sending assembled cleaning buckets do a world of good for survivors of flood disasters. Photo: UMCOR.

As UMCOR responds to damaging floods in Louisiana, keeping cleanup buckets in stock at the UMCOR Sager Brown Depot is essential to meeting the needs of survivors now and in the future, especially as the Atlantic hurricane season reaches its peak period.

Use this instructional video to learn how to assemble a cleanup bucket today! They can be shipped to any of the depots in the UMCOR Relief-Supply Network.

Your monetary donation to Material Resources Ministry, UMCOR Advance #901440 will also help UMCOR purchase these needed supplies.

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit You can donate to any project by placing a contribution in the offering plate at a local United Methodist church by sending a check to:

PO Box 9068
New York, NY 10087-9068
or by calling 1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. You can also give online by clicking any of the "DONATE" links or make a $10 donation anytime by texting "UMCOR" to 41444 to support our relief efforts around the world. UMCOR is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors.

Please pray for those who are hungry, displaced, sick, or in poverty because of these and other natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister with them.
Photo Captions

Image 1: Volunteers in Louisiana ready UMCOR cleanup buckets for distribution. Photo: Louisiana Annual Conference.

Image 2: Sending assembled cleaning buckets do a world of good for survivors of flood disasters. Photo: UMCOR.


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