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Puerto Rico Earthquake Response: January 8, 2020

The Missions office of the New York Annual Conference (NYAC) has been in almost constant contact with the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico, Rehace leadership and United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) regarding the earthquakes.

Tymera Jackson, Mainland Volunteer Coordinator, has been in dialogue with the volunteer teams that register and deploy through our office, providing them the most recent information we have received.

The situation in Puerto Rico continues to be monitored and assessments are beginning through the existing network of Disaster Case Managers and Project Managers.  

At this point, as almost all volunteer response work is currently taking place in areas not directly affected by the earthquake, Rehace remains ready to receive and deploy volunteer teams. A decision to travel is at the discretion of the volunteer team. Understandably, some have elected to reschedule.

A small group from the mainland, under the auspices of the UMCOR will be traveling to Puerto Rico next week to meet with leadership, visit affected areas, and discuss future response plans. Tom and Wendy Vencuss, from the New York Annual Conference, will be part of this group.

Tom Vencuss is the NYAC Director of Missions and Disaster Response and has been serving as an UMCOR consultant to Puerto Rico. Wendy has served in the ministry of Disaster Emotional and Spiritual Care.

Updates will continue to be provided as they become available.