Disaster Relief

Responding to Hurricane Matthew Storm Damage in NC

Hurricane Matthew: How Can I Help?

Many of our NC neighbors are suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Naturally our first response is to pray for all those who have lost loved ones, property and means of income. The NC Conference Disaster Response Committee is hard at work assessing needs, sending work teams and collecting resources for distribution. They will notify each church Disaster Response Teams when it is safe to travel and they are ready for assistance.

In the meantime here are some ways you can help:

• Give to NC Storm Response (#S-00176) – 100% of your gift goes to response/relief efforts for victims. Checks can be made out to your local church with a note designating NC Storm Response #S-00176 on the memo line OR mail a check to Conference Treasurer-Raleigh Area, P.O. Box 890202, Charlotte, NC 28289-0202 with NC Storm Response #S-00176 on the memo line. You can give online at nccumc.org.

• Assemble Cleaning Buckets- http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies/Relief-Supply-Kits/Cleaning

• Assemble Health Kits - http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies/Relief-Supply-Kits/Health

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When you live on or near a barrier island like Oak Island, it is always time to think about Hurricane Season!

Are you ready? Have you even thought about your Personal Hurricane Preparedness Plan? Now is the time to think about and talk with family members about your Hurricane Response Plan. When you hear the announcements of EVACUATION that is not the time to formulate a Hurricane Response Plan. Have you selected a place to Evacuate to? Do your family members know where this place is? How will you travel to this evacuation site? Many routes might be changed during an emergency, so you need to take into account these changes when planning your travel time. How will you know if everyone is accounted for and safe? What arrangements need to be made for you pet(s)? How will you secure your property? Do you have “cash” in hand for emergency purchased when the electricity is OFF? What arrangement have you made for required medicines? If you decide to stay: Do you have adequate supplies of water and food that does not require refrigeration? REMEMBER: Usually when a Mandatory evacuation of Oak Island is announced, the town turns OFF the water supply! REMEMBER: When one snow flake falls in Brunswick County, you can not find a loaf of bread or a gallon of milk within 100 miles of Southport. The same is also true of a pending hurricane. Within two days of landfall you cannot find a 2×4 or a sheet of plywood within 100 miles of Southport. Now is the time to prepare! Not while you are looking at the hurricane map on the evening news. Ocean View has a Disaster committee that is constantly making plans for various disasters. Ocean View will respond to a disaster here on Oak Island. However, the church might not have the resources to meet everyone’s personal need. Ocean View can and will HELP, but you are primarily responsible for your own disaster response. REMEMBER: Prepare now and breathe easier when a hurricane approaches.