At least 30 people have died during the historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky, with hundreds still unaccounted for. Bridges and roadways have washed away, making search and rescue efforts even more difficult. On Monday, rain continued to pour down with threats of additional flash flooding.
As emergency personnel continue their work, and with the potential for more flooding, we ask that you DO NOT GO to the communities affected by the flooding. Right now, first responders and rescue personnel are working hard to find survivors and ensure their safety. Now is not the time to deliver supplies or try to assist flood survivors in person, as this has the potential to create additional burdens for first responders. This is not the time for you to self-deploy.
Thank you for your compassion and desire to respond to the disaster unfolding in Eastern Kentucky. Please consider taking one or more of these steps:
- PRAY - Pray for the survivors whose lives and loved ones have been impacted by the floods. Pray for rescue workers and local organizations that will bring needed help and supplies.
- GIVE - Give to UMCOR’s U.S. Disaster Response and Recovery fund, 100% of which goes to providing aid on the ground, including immediate relief and long-term recovery. Give to Disaster Response Advance #901670 by writing a check made out to ‘West Ohio Conference’ with the Advance # in the memo line. Mail to West Ohio Conference, Attn. Dee Stickley-Miner, 32 Wesley Blvd, Worthington, OH 43085. You can also give online through the West Ohio Conference website (Click here to give online).
- ASSEMBLE – Cleaning kits (flood buckets) are already being given out by the Kentucky Conference to help survivors disinfect flood-ravaged homes. Click here for Instructions.
After the initial rescue phase, UMCOR-trained Emergency Response Teams (ERT) may be invited by the Kentucky Conference to assist in debris removal, muck-outs, temporary repairs, etc. Long-term recovery and case management will take months and years to complete, and The United Methodist Church will be there every step of the way.
For more information on Disaster Response ministry, visit Click here. Questions can be directed to Mariellyn Grace, Mission & Communication Coordinator, at mgrace [at] wocumc.org.