Update, Sept 17, 2018:
NALC Disaster Response Coordination:
1. Staging areas are: St. John – Statesville NC, Advent – Kings Mountain NC, and Joy Lutheran – Little Mountain SC (Rev. Paulette McHugh)
2. Client distribution/donation centers at this time are: Reformation – New Bern NC, St. Matthew – Wilmington NC, and possibly Advent – North Myrtle Beach SC
3. Volunteer housing is tentatively being scheduled for Reformation – New Bern NC and other sites to be determined.
4. Spiritual Christian care teams are needed — as families return to their homes devastated by the hurricane, they need to know they are not alone on this journey — we as the Church are there for them.
5. NALC Disaster Response is assessing need and evaluating case management/identification of families to be assisted in the long term recovery.
6. Volunteer teams from the eastern US is on standby/ready for deployment to help with clean up now and rebuilding later.
7. Monetary assistance, gift cards and other resources are available through NALC Disaster Response and the Bishop.
8. Link to flood inundation map: https://fiman.nc.gov/fiman/
Next teleconference — see contact information below — for more information, contact Mary Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-509-1132
Wednesday, Sept 19 9am EDT
Call: +1 (571) 317-3117
Access Code: 866-880-525
Update, Sept 14, 2018:
NALC Disaster Response has now shipped two truck loads of flood buckets, health kits, bottled water and other emergency supplies to North Carolina; staging your donations at St. John, Statesville, NC and Faith Lutheran in Faith, NC.
As the water recedes, the truck will go to Reformation Lutheran Church, New Bern, NC and St. Matthew, Wilmington, NC — volunteers are needed to help unload.
I am also needing volunteers for spiritual Christian care and to start debris removal — to sign up, contact Mary Bates at email@example.com or 740-509-1132.
More flood buckets and kits of all types are needed — please collect asap.
Volunteers are needed — sign up today.
Prayers are needed for our survivors, our pastors and our volunteers!
There is a 9am teleconference Saturday to coordinate our resources and our needs — join us if you can!
Access Code: 596-815-661
Update, Sept 13, 2018:
NALC Disaster Response has been helping in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico for over a year now, and hundreds of our volunteers have restored homes and hope. There continues to be many homes that need rebuilt, especially in Houston/Rosenberg area. Situations like this are expected to be common throughout the Carolinas in the wake of Hurricane Florence.
Florence is being called a record-breaker, with widespread destruction anticipated. Please join us in praying for the safety of the hundreds of thousands in the path of this impending disaster.
Much like Hurricane Harvey that struck the Houston area last year, Florence is expected to linger in the area for days, bringing record rainfall totals and producing historic floods that are likely to destroy and damage homes for hundreds of square miles.
We are preparing for the worst: volunteers are needed for emergency response and then long term recovery rebuilding. If you can volunteer, contact Mary Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-509-1132.
To donate flood buckets, health kits, school kits, Bibles and other supplies, please check the NALC collection points listed above.
Please send monetary donations to: NALC Disaster Response, 2299 Palmer Dr. Suite 220, New Brighton, MN 55112.
Update, Sept 12, 2018:
NALC Disaster Response is hosting two open teleconferences to provide an update on Hurricane Florence response.
Join a teleconference:
Access Code: 563-601-589
Access Code: 596-815-661
Identified staging areas: St. John Lutheran Church, 740 N. Center St. Statesville, NC and NALC Disaster Warehouse, 810 Main St., Caldwell, Ohio
Items needed: Bibles, bottled water, flood buckets, health kits, school kits, layettes/baby kits and other emergency supplies such as garden hoses/rakes and shovels
Monetary donations may be sent to NALC Disaster Response, 2299 Palmer Dr. Suite 220, New Brighton, MN 55112.
Steps after Hurricane Florence makes landfall:
1. NALC Disaster Relief Coordinator, Mary Bates will complete an assessment of damages to our congregations, families and the larger community needs.
2. Distribution points for flood buckets, etc. will be established. Tentative points are: Advent Lutheran Church – North Charleston SC, St. Matthew Lutheran Church – Wilmington NC and Reformation Lutheran Church – New Bern NC (these are tentative due to unknown scope of damages).
3. Volunteer housing is needed for NALC disaster volunteers who are able to help with clean up and debris removal.
4. Volunteers are needed for spiritual christian care – teams of two will help minister to families as the evacuees return to their homes
5. Mary will post updates daily until a Plan of Action for emergency response and long term recovery is developed.
For more information, contact Mary at email@example.com or 740-509-1132.
Please continue to pray for those in the path of Hurricane Florence – as the Church, we are here to assist and share the love of Jesus.
Update, Sept 11, 2018:
NALC Disaster Response has a teleconference with the Carolinas Mission District and is staging emergency response for Hurricane Florence, one of the strongest hurricanes recorded. Sustained winds of over 140 miles per hour have caused South Carolina to issue mandatory evacuation orders for millions of people. As store shelves are emptied, NALC Disaster Response will be transporting Bibles, flood buckets, health kits, school kits, baby kits, and other emergency relief supplies to North Carolina, South Carolina and other areas as the need is identified. Mary Bates is posting an update daily. For more information, contact Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-509-1132. Please pray for the millions of families in the path of Florence.