Disaster Response cleaning kits are helping Hurricane Florence victims
Hundreds of buckets, wire brushes, sponges, cleaner and rubber gloves are on their way to folks whose property was damaged by Hurricane Florence. On September 21, 650 cleaning kits assembled by Ohio Conference members were delivered to a distribution station in New Bern, North Carolina. The kits’ journey started earlier in the week at a Disaster Response storage area in Wapakoneta, Ohio. They were delivered by Lynn and Mary Ann Ewing to a disaster response colleague, Humanitarian Aid and Rescue Project (HARP) in Caldwell. HARP is a global emergency response team; part of their mission is the rapid deployment of aid to remote areas experiencing natural disaster. The kits were transferred to a HARP truck along with additional supplies, and HARP delivered them to North Carolina. Thanks to all who made this outreach ministry possible.
The Ohio Conference Disaster Response Ministry seeks to bring relief and assistance to all people who experience loss in times of disaster through the resources and commitment to Christian servanthood by the members of the United Church of Christ.
The Ohio Conference Disaster Response Team identifies the needs of disaster victims and develops an effective response with the assistance of local churches. Team members visit disaster locations, assess needs and coordinate with other agencies such as FEMA, Red Cross, other church organization to provide immediate and long-term help.
Team members take care of the mud-out trailer owned by the Disaster Response Ministry, deploy it to help residents recovering from floods, and handle many of the logistics involved in storing, picking up and delivering disaster response cleaning kits.
If you or your local church wants to become part of the UCC disaster response ministry in Ohio and West Virginia, please contact the Coordinator of the Conference Disaster Response Ministry: