September 24, 2009
Torrential downpours saturated much of the Southeastern U.S. in the last week, killing at least 10 people and inflicting an estimated $250 million in damage in Georgia alone.
Some 22 inches of rain fell across the area in 72 hours, swelling creeks and rivers that are only now beginning to drain.
In Georgia, as many as 3,000 homes have sustained damage, with assessments on hold in many areas until water recedes. More than 300 people remain in emergency shelters, and voluntary agencies have set up 18 feeding sites across flood-affected Georgia. A Federal declaration for individual assistance for home owners was issued today.
As of this date, the UCC Southeast Conference reports no damages to our church members’ homes; or to local church facilities. The UCC has an ecumenical commitment to assist with relief and recovery efforts.
The UCC in partnership with CWS has a commitment to respond to technology caused disaster which includes what happens in natural disasters. Contaminated flood waters have damaged homes. The focus in Georgia in this immediate time is, of course, health and safety for volunteers and home owners cleaning out their homes. 750 Tyvek suits and 750 pairs of goggles are being sent from the UCC; along with 1,500 N95 respirators and 4,600 pairs of latex gloves from CWS to the area affected by the floods. These items will provide some protection during clean up.
As volunteer opportunities become available for rebuild, information will be posted on the United Church of Christ web site.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
1. Pray for people who live in communities affected by floods.
2. To help those affected by disasters you may, send gifts payable to your congregation marked for OGHS special fund Emergency USA (September 2009 GA floods) with the request they be sent through your Conference office on to Wider Church Ministries.
3. Send gifts, made out to Wider Church Ministries and marked in the memo portion OGHS special fund Emergency USA (September 2009 GA floods) to UCC Financial Services; Wider Church Ministries; 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.
4. Make a secure on-line donation Donate Now