UMCOR Prepares for Hurricane Gustav
NEW YORK, August 29, 2008—On this third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's landfall, Gulf Coast residents find themselves preparing for yet another major hurricane. Gustav, currently a tropical storm in the Caribbean, is quickly gaining strength and is on track to strike Louisiana or Texas as a major hurricane on Tuesday.
Even as Gustav is days away from landfall in the US, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working to build up the annual conferences most likely to be affected by the storm. UMCOR staff members have been in touch with the Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama-West Florida Annual Conferences to offer support in their preparations and to provide assurance of assistance after the Gustav hits.
Ready to Help
UMCOR's domestic disaster response staff is prepared to deploy to the affected conferences to assist in the recovery. Additionally, United Methodist Volunteers in Mission and UMCOR are also preparing to coordinate any needed efforts following the storm. Specially-trained early response teams will be the first volunteers to go, once the area is deemed safe and secure.
Staff members at UMCOR Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, La., have secured the warehouse in preparation for Gustav. The depot will be closed as of noon on Friday to prepare for the coming storm.
Gustav did cause damage in Haiti earlier this week. UMCOR personnel there are safe and are assessing the need for a response in the area.
How You Can Help
Please help UMCOR prepare for Hurricane Gustav. Your gift to UMCOR Advance #3019695 , Hurricanes 2008, will help us provide immediate on-the-ground support to volunteers, annual conferences and interfaith response efforts.