UMCOR Responds to Florida StormsNEW YORK, Feb. 2, 2007—Central Florida was struck early on Feb. 2 by violent thunderstorms that spawned tornadoes causing sufficient damage for a state of emergency to be declared in four counties. The storms killed at least 14 and sent many more to hospitals seeking treatment. UMCOR is in contact with the Storm Recovery Center for the Florida Annual (regional) Conference as they assess the situation. UMCOR is sending emergency grants to the area to help with recovery efforts.
The Florida Annual Conference website notes that offers of assistance for survivors are already pouring in from areas surrounding those affected. Cash gifts will help provide for recovery. Checks can be mailed to UMCOR PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087. Write "UMCOR Advance #901670, Domestic Disaster Response - Florida Tornadoes," on the memo line of your check. One hundred percent of every donation to any appeal, including appeals for Florida recovery, goes to support the designated program.