Detailed Hurricane Matthew Updates

Update November 3, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

The following is a summary of Western North Carolina Conference Early Response Team Operations in Eastern North Carolina:

  1. The North Carolina Conference Disaster Readiness Coordinator is very pleased with the amount of WNCC Early Response Teams that have volunteered in the Robeson County area to date. There is an ongoing need for additional ERTs for Robeson County and other areas of Eastern North Carolina for at least until January 2017. Then it is expected the North Carolina Conference will transition into long term recovery.
  2. Many Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster are assisting the North Carolina Conference in providing Disaster Response to those with limited or nonexistent means.
  3. The scale of the disaster transcends Hurricane Floyd. In some cases, decisions about whether or not State or County Governments will allow rebuilding to take place will have to occur before decisions about the deployment of early response teams are made. This is an agonizing ordeal because the homes are deteriorating because of mold and mildew and standing water issues. But if early response teams are sent in to begin muck out/ tear out to stop the damage only to have the State or County Government later prohibiting reconstruction then all the labor brought to bear will be for naught, resulting in an ineffectual use of limited volunteer resources.
  4. The North Carolina Conference has enough cleaning buckets at this time. 

Grace and Peace,

Ken Anderson
Western North Carolina Conference Disaster Response/ Domestic UMVIM Coordinator
Cell phone (828) 260-3724


Update October 20, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Current WNCC disaster response/ Domestic UMVIM operations as of this date:

  1. Yesterday the North Carolina Conference (NCC) extended an urgent invitation for WNCC early response (ERT) team assistance beginning in the Lumberton/ greater Robeson County area. Almost immediately our ERT’s began scheduling with the NCC Disaster Response Call Center to assist NCC in their hour of need.
  1. Yesterday over 1100 cleaning buckets and 1000 health kits were delivered to the Lumberton area emptying our Mission Response Center.
  1. As of 10/12/ 16, I respectfully requested District Superintendents through the District Disaster Response Coordinators task their Churches to assemble UMCOR cleaning buckets for Pickup by the Mission Response Center beginning 10/31/16.
  1. Through the visionary leadership of Caroline Wood, key personnel of WNCC Building Teams and Disaster Response have been working together over the last year rebuilding relationships, tilling the ground and planting seeds that have now sprouted into the bountiful fruit of joining forces to assist the North Carolina Conference by forming long term recovery teams to repair and/or rebuild homes lost during Hurricane Matthew.
  1. In the midst of much suffering and sadness there has been many God sightings, stories of God’s people going above and beyond the call of duty taking care of the needs of others, reflecting the face of Jesus. Those stories are trickling out of the North Carolina Conference now, they will become an avalanche as our early response team’s rotate in and out of eastern North Carolina. This is a marathon, not a sprint and certainly God is with us.

Grace and Peace,

Ken Anderson
WNC Conference Disaster Response/ Domestic UMVIM Coordinator
Cell phone (828) 260-3724


Post Hurricane Matthew update
October 13, 2016

“So I said to them, ‘You see the trouble that we’re in: Jerusalem is in ruins, and its gates are destroyed by fire! Come, let’s rebuild the wall of Jerusalem so that we won’t continue to be in disgrace.’ I told them that my God had taken care of me, and also told them what the king had said to me. ‘Let’s start rebuilding!’ they said, and they eagerly began the work.”  Nehemiah 2:17-18 CEB

And so Nehemiah led the effort to rebuild Jerusalem for the Glory of God and for God’s people. But notice he did not just run into the city and do the best he could alone… First Nehemiah asked permission to go to devastated Jerusalem. Read it for yourself in the first chapter of the Book of Nehemiah. Then he surveyed the damage and then he organized family groups all throughout the city to prepare to restore beloved Jerusalem. Finally the work of what I’m very sure Nehemiah must have called “early response and long term recovery teams” began.

We peculiar United Methodists have taken Nehemiah’s lessons to heart in our own response to disasters as early response and long term recovery teams as taught by our very own United Methodist Committee on Relief. We will use these lessons in our response to the devastating flooding in the geographical boundaries on the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Most especially taking care of the poor and the displaced, the least and the lost, and those on the very edge of society.

First we request permission to enter the disaster area. As soon as it is safe for volunteers to enter, our sisters and brothers of the North Carolina Conference will invite us to enter and begin the hard work of disaster response. (Cardinal Rule of United Methodist Disaster Response: Do not go unless invited.) Meanwhile District Disaster Response Coordinators are organizing church family groups all throughout the Western North Carolina Conference to support the effort. Districts are getting the word out for churches to assemble cleaning buckets to replace the 600 buckets we are sending to Lumberton today and the 600 cleaning buckets we are sending to the NC Conference Merci Center in Goldsboro tomorrow. We are also sending 1000 health kits and we have plenty in reserve at our Mission Response Center in Terrell so at this time we do not to assemble any health kits.

There are plenty ways to help. You may donate money directly to the North Carolina Conference UMC Disaster Response site100 % of the money goes to the North Carolina Conference Disaster Response Ministry.

You may volunteer to be an early response team, (ERT,) member: we are planning to increase our number of ERT trainings. We will post those trainings soon at the following web site:http://mission.wnccumc.org/disaster-response-training/

Volunteer to be a part of a long term recovery team at your church. Volunteer to help your District Disaster Response Coordinator carry out their duties and responsibilities to their District. A list of District Disaster Response Coordinators may be found at this link.

Volunteer to help at our Mission Response Center in Terrell as we ramp up our operational tempo there to support both eastern North Carolina and South Carolina disaster response. Please contact Dwaine Morgan, 828.478.2106, to schedule a time.

Pray for God’s grace for those who are suffering and for those who are responding to God’s call to relieve their suffering.

Remember flexibility especially in disaster response is a wonderful virtue.

Thank all our Conference Disaster Response personnel and volunteers. Have patience with them as we ramp up our operational tempo. Nearly all of them have full time jobs and take on disaster response as an additional duty because of their passion to relieve suffering in the midst of disaster.

If I may be of any assistance or answer any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me anytime. My cell phone number is (828) 260-3724.

Grace and Peace,

Ken Anderson
Western North Carolina Conference Disaster Response/ Domestic UMVIM Coordinator
Pastor
Newdale Charge
Blue Ridge District
Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Coast Guard, Retired


October 11, 2016

Western North Carolina Conference Disaster Response
Post Hurricane Matthew Update

The word of the day is prepare. For those already trained as Early Response Team (ERT) members, Team Leaders prepare your team for deployment when invited. Register your Team for free at the following website:https://registration.umvim.org/ before departing. For those who would like to help in early response, attend early response team training. The link for ERT training may be found at the following website: http://mission.wnccumc.org/disaster-response-training/

I talked with the North Carolina Conference Disaster Response Coordinator and Disaster Superintendent. Conditions are unsafe for volunteers at this time. In some areas of Eastern North Carolina conditions are deteriorating. It is too dangerous for volunteers and probably will remain so till Saturday. Do not self-deploy. It causes extra strain on community resources that are already sorely tasked and the North Carolina Conference has not been able to identify jobs or housing of volunteers because of the dangerous conditions. Wait for the invitation and meanwhile prepare.

Grace and Peace,

Ken Anderson
Western North Carolina Conference Disaster Response/ Domestic UMVIM CoordinatorCell phone (828) 260-3724
Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Coast Guard, Retired


 October 11, 2016

From the Conference Treasurer:

If churches and individuals take up financial contributions for Matthew Relief, they can send to the Conference Office with the note  “North Carolina Matthew Relief” or if in general “Matthew Relief” and we will forward to UMCOR.

The address is:

Western North Carolina Conference
P.O. Box 18005
Charlotte, NC 28218


October 10, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

The South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church is urgently requesting Early Response Teams. ERT Leaders may call Chelsea Faircloth, Phone number (803)786-9486, ext.257 to schedule your team. Her email iscfaircloth@umcsc.org. On behalf of the people of South Carolina I thank you.

Grace and Peace,

Ken Anderson

Western North Carolina Conference Disaster Response/ Domestic UMVIM Coordinator
Cell phone (828)260-3724


October 10, 2016

Message from SEJ UMVIM,

Thank you to everyone who has already reached out to us on how to respond to those affected by Hurricane Matthew. At this early stage, damage is still being assessed so that an appropriate response can be put together. We will communicate any need for volunteer deployment as soon as it is available to us. In the meantime, there are a couple of things you can do:

Pray. Our friends and partners across to the Caribbean, Florida, and up the Eastern Seaboard need our genuine prayers in the days, months, and years to come.

Donate. UMCOR has Advance numbers set up for both international and domestic disaster response.

To donate to the international effort:http://www.umcmission.org/Give-to-Mission/Search-for-Projects/Projects/982450

To donate to the domestic effort:http://www.umcmission.org/Give-to-Mission/Search-for-Projects/Projects/901670



October 8, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brother in Christ,

Here are my bullet points:

  1. Our Mission Resource Center, (MRC,) at Terrell has an adequate inventory of disaster supplies. Do not make additional kits unless asked for by MRC. Unsolicited material supplies can cause a second disaster. Financial donations are always welcome. You may make the check out to UMCOR. In the memo line write US Disaster Response, Advance #901670, and place in your offering plate on Sunday.
  2. Pastors are asked to report any significant damage to church facilities and/or communities to their District Superintendent and District Disaster Response Coordinator.
  3. One of the criticisms of disaster response in Haiti this week has been organizations setting up relief efforts without a plan or coordinated response resulting in inefficient operations, wasted resources and survivors not being taking care of. We are blessed to be a part of a connectional church with world-wide resources and the premier experts in disaster response, the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Encouraging churches and districts to work within our connectional system will maximize our ability to provide the exact help needed at the proper time.
  4. I am available 24/7 for any questions or concerns. My cell phone number is (828) 260-3724. My parsonage number is (828) 675-0071.

Grace and Peace,

Ken Anderson
Western North Carolina Conference Disaster Response/ Domestic UMVIM Coordinator

Pastor
Newdale Charge
Blue Ridge District
Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Coast Guard, Retired


Hurricane Matthew Update
October 6, 2016 |5:00PM

“Although the forecast track of Hurricane Matthew has not changed much over the past day, there remains low confidence in the expected track beyond Friday night. It is still expected that southeastern North Carolina will see significant impacts from this system, and the forecasted rainfall and storm surge amounts have been increased.” North Carolina Emergency Management. Please keep a close watch on weather reports from your local television and radio stations and the National Hurricane Center,http://www.nhc.noaa.gov throughout this weekend.

The UMCOR Depot System stands ready to provide the correct disaster supplies at the proper time that will not overwhelm even the smallest community. At this time the UMCOR Depot System has adequate supplies. Please do not assemble kits for the Depot system until asked.  Unsolicited donations of material goods can result in a second disaster. Financial donations are always welcome. Support this work with your gift to UMCOR. You may make the check out to UMCOR. In the memo line write US Disaster Response, Advance #901670, and place in your offering plate on Sunday.

The following web site explains what actions to take when you receive a hurricane watch or warning alert from the National Weather Service for your local area. It also provides tips on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane:  www.ready.gov/hurricanes

 

Grace and Peace,
Ken Anderson
Western North Carolina Conference Disaster Response/ Domestic UMVIM Coordinator
Cell phone (828) 260-3724


Hurricane Matthew Update
October 5, 2016 | 3:30 PM

The forecast track of Hurricane Matthew has changed dramatically over the last 24 hours. Vigilance is recommended because even a small change in course closer to North Carolina will mean the difference between getting very little rain or heavy rain for Western North Carolina.

I recommend monitoring the National Hurricane Center’s web site at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ and your local television and radio stations frequently during the day and evening. As of the 2:00 PM forecast, current projections have Matthew approaching close to Northern Florida, Georgia and South Carolina in the next two days and then exiting south of the North Carolina/ South Carolina border to the east on Saturday avoiding a direct hit on North Carolina. As I said before this is subject to change and everyone is asked to be vigilant.

Early response teams mucking out homes in Eastern North Carolina from September heavy rains have been asked to return home pending Hurricane Matthew’s arrival and will return to the area to continue their work when safe to do so. Preliminary assessments in Cumberland County from those rains have revealed 25 homes damaged or destroyed. Further assessments will be completed tomorrow.

We hold the people who have been or will be effected by this dangerous storm in our prayers for God’s providence and protection.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call Rev. Ken Anderson, Western North Carolina Conference Disaster Response/ Domestic UMVIM Coordinator at cell phone (828) 260-3724 or emailandersonkenneth@earthlink.net.

Meanwhile I commend this website for hurricane preparation:http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/hurricane/plan.shtml

Ken Anderson