Disaster Recovery Team Trip to West Virginia

Disaster Recovery Team Trip to West Virginia

WhenSaturday, February 18, 2017 to Saturday, February 25, 2017
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This is a mission opportunity.  Please contact Ross Porter if you are interested in participating.

About the Disaster in West Virginia

The torrential rains and flash flooding of June 23 left in its wake more than 4,000 homes and businesses damaged or destroyed and at least 1,800 West Virginians without a home.

 “This was a disaster of historic proportion — a 1,000-year flood,” said Bishop Steiner Ball about the flooding that struck hardest in 14 counties in the southern and central sections of the state. Ball shared on October 25 that the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has awarded a grant of $500,000 to the West Virginia Annual Conference for relief and recovery activity.

According to Rev. Jack Lipphardt, director for the conference’s disaster response, FEMA and UMCOR both acknowledge that recovery is more likely to take four to five years. “FEMA has told us that this flood is ‘harder and more severe’ than most disasters given the geographical breadth of the flooding and the poverty in the affected region,” Lipphardt said.

Some 13 churches and two parsonages have been identified as having sustained some level of damage. Damage to three of the churches and one parsonage is catastrophic.

Group will be heading to Rainelle, WV and staying at the UMC of Rainelle. They are now in the re-building stage of the disaster.

  • Folks with all skill levels welcome.
  • ERT or Disaster Recovery training is not mandatory
  • Minimum age for trip is 16 years old. 
  • Cost of the trip is approx. $200. Cost includes travel to WV, all meals and sleeping accommodations.
  • Last day to commit: February 11th