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Responding to St. Louis-Area Flooding

posted on July 28


Missouri United Methodist Disaster Response is currently awaiting further instruction from state agencies as to how United Methodists will be asked to contribute in the “Recovery” phase related to the St. Charles and St. Louis-area flooding event and Kentucky flooding. Scott Burdin, Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, is in daily contact with Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). Burdin has connected with ERT leaders about possible service opportunities in the coming weeks. Contact Scott Burdin at sburdin@moumethodist.org with questions.
 
Congregations are asked to focus on the following mission and service efforts:

  • PRAY. Pray for the people of flood-affected areas and first responders and agencies managing assessments. Search Discipleship Ministries for worship resources during times of natural disaster, including this Communion liturgy appropriate for those celebrating communion.
     
  • SERVE. The Missouri Conference Disaster Response Facebook page will list volunteer opportunities and locations as well as stlvolunteer.org as they come available. Specific cleanup opportunities will also be coordinated through the MO Conference Disaster Response effort and communicated through electronic and social media. Subscribe to the Disaster Response Newsletter.
     
  • GIVE. Visit Missouri Disaster Response Online Giving. All monies stay within the state for disaster response and recovery. Consider giving a number of cleaning buckets ($75 each). For paper giving, make checks payable to: Missouri Annual Conference (memo: Disaster Response) and mail to Missouri Annual Conference, 3601 Amron Ct. Columbia, MO 65202. 

    The Missouri Conference center is receiving cleaning buckets that adhere to UMCOR’s standards to backfill supplies used in the St. Louis flood event and in anticipation of Kentucky flooding. Visit UMCOR’s Cleaning Kit page for kit details and assembly. Contact Scott Burdin at sburdin@moumethodist.org before dropping off kits to ensure someone can receive the kits in the warehouse.
     
  • REPORT. If you have needs for volunteer disaster response in your community, including flood bucket requests, please contact Scott directly at sburdin@moumethodist.org.
     
  • LEARN. Visit Missouri Annual Conference’s communication platforms to be informed of immediate needs: www.facebook.com/umcdisaster.
     
  • TRAIN. Be ready to respond. Our next Early Response Training events will be in person in Columbia on Saturday, August 27 or Saturday, September 17. Space is limited to 20 participants per class. Learn more and register at this link.

 
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

  • Virtual Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) Flood Resources: https://sema.dps.mo.gov/docs/resource-list-2021.pdf
  • United Way 2-1-1: the 24/7 connection to agencies and resources near you. Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-427-4626 or visit https://bit.ly/3viCB2b for more info.
  • Disaster Distress Helpline number: 800-985-5990
  • Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Spill Line to report orphan containers (e.g., propane): 573-634-2436