Before a Disaster
After a Disaster
- Provide a Christian presence… This does not sound like a task… and is NOT, however it can be the MOST important thing a team can do. After the Tornado struck the town of Moore, Oklahoma the response teams that rushed to the survivors did not ask them if they were Methodist, did not ask if they were even Christian, did not ask what lifestyle they lead, did not ask them if they were citizens. They treated everyone like the survivors they were. They were a shining example of the hands and feet of Christ in action.
- Take steps to prevent further damage to a family’s personal property by tarping, debris removal, chainsaw work, cleaning out flooded homes. Teams must be careful not to perform work on a home that might jeopardize the survivor’s eligibility for assistance from insurance and/or government agencies. We are trained how much drywall to take out in a flooded home. If it floods 4” and we take out the whole wall FEMA may not pay for it all.
- Teams may be asked to manage donated materials, gather information, or other things as deemed necessary by the community. Last July when the Wind Shear went through I went around and checked on Elderly folks without power to make sure they we staying as cool as possible and that they had water. You may be asked to man a food handout station.
- Observe survivor’s needs and report these to the local operations. For some pride gets in the way of asking for help.
- Be part of the caring ministry of “listeners” who will help the survivor begin to heal. Always put the people before the work.
Listening to what the ERT’s do it is clear that anyone can be on a team. Teams need folks willing to do the labor but also someone responsible for helping find needed supplies, Site safety, are you the wife chasing her husband around the yard with a water bottle telling him to drink in hot weather? We need you. Are you a cook? We need you. Can you repair small equipment? We need you. Are you a grandparent type that loves children? We need you. Are you a listener; not necessarily a counselor or a pastor just a good listener? We need you. Anyone can be an ERT member! By being a volunteer, you can make a difference in the lives of others, and your life and faith will be forever changed.
OTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO ASSIST DURING OR BEFORE A DISASTER
Relief Supply Kits (clean up bucket, health kits, bedding kit, health kit, birthing kit)
SCHEDULE AN INFORMATIONAL EVENT AT YOUR CHURCH
SIGN UP FOR TRAINING
Contact the District Office for details
Diana K Hall (dhall [at] wocumc.org) 740-851-5243
Gary Stabler (garyst2 [at] frontier.com) 740-384-3328