Great Plains Flood Relief

Information will soon be available for those who would like to volunteer for flood relief efforts. Watch this page for news and updates.

 

How to Help

  • Donations can be made to the Great Plains Disaster Response Fund by clicking on the “Donate Now” button.
  • Make check payable to your local United Methodist Church for Great Plains Disaster Response #975. The church will forward your funds on to the Great Plains Conference.
  • Make check payable to “Great Plains Conference #975” and send to GPUMC, Disaster Response, PO Box 4837, Topeka, KS 66604
  • Check out the Kids Cleanup Fund

 

Text to Give

 

Volunteers

Updated 9/30/2019

The Great Plains disaster response ministry has been busy since the flooding and tornadoes began in March. Out of the 477 badged and credentialed ERT’s, 70 (with the same 25 working multiple locations) have been hard at work through out the conference. Volunteers have worked 30,370 hours - 20,150 in Nebraska and 10,220 in Kansas. We’ve worked in 46 homes in Kansas and 85 homes in Nebraska, comprising of six different Kansas counties and 14 different Nebraska counties. To date, 48 individuals/families have received a financial grant totaling $216,105.77. As Nebraska begins to move into the recovery phase, more individuals/families will be served by your generous donations. 

United Methodist Volunteer in Mission Teams – several areas in Nebraska are ready for mission teams. The following long-term recovery groups have identified the need for work teams: Douglas County (Valley), Dodge County (Fremont); Heartland (Hall, Howard Counties), and East Central (Pratt, Boone, Butler Counties).  Contact Rev. Hollie Tapley, and she will connect you with the disaster case manager in the areas.

A new video produced by multimedia production specialist Eugenio Hernandez highlights the work being done by ERTs in Nebraska

From Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and FEMA: Houses of worship may apply for FEMA public assistance grants.

If you would like to be added to a list of available volunteers, fill out this registration and you will be contacted when needs are assessed.

You may also take an Early Responders training course:

Are you wondering whether you should take an ERT course or sign up for the volunteer list? This PDF might answer your questions.

Learn how Great Plains United Methodists respond to disaster.

 

Kids Cleanup Fund

Children across the Great Plains have an opportunity to learn about helping others by donating $1 or more to the relief efforts. Learn more by watching this video.

 

Donate Cleaning Kits

Cleaning kits — Formerly known as "flood buckets," these kits include basic cleaning supplies that help a family start the process of restoring their home. View the supplies list. Deliver completed kits to the following Nebraska locations:

  • Blue River: Saint Paul UMC, 1144 M St., Lincoln
  • Elkhorn Valley district office: 406 W. Phillip Ave., Suite 301, Norfolk
  • Gateway: Faith UMC, 1623 Central Ave., Kearney
  • Great West district office: Baltzell Veterinary Hospital, 1710 W. 4th St, Ogallala, NE
  • Missouri River district office: 7318 Harrison St., Ralston
  • Prairie Rivers district office: 511 N. Elm St., Suite 2, Grand Island

 

State of Nebraska Assistance

 

FEMA

 

Coverage of the Flood