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

IMMEDIATE NEED FOR VOLUNTEERS (posted May 10) - 

Mulvane, Kansas: Volunteers are greatly needed in Mulvane. ERTs are especially in demand, but training can take place on the spot for others who are interested in helping. Email the Rev. Hollie Tapley, htapley@greatplainsumc.org, to find out where to go.

Camp Chippewa, Ottaway, Kansas: Camp Chippewa is also in urgent need of volunteers to repair extensive storm damage before campers arrive in three weeks. A volunteer work day is planned for May 18. Lodging for Friday-Sunday is available, and meals on Saturday will be provided by the camp. Visit the camp website for more info: https://campchippewa.org/events-2/chippewa-work-day

More about ongoing flood clean-up

As flash floods hit areas around rivers, creeks and streams in south-central Kansas this week, workers continue to be needed to repair the damage done by Nebraska’s historic floods in mid-March. 

KWCH in Wichita has a list of problem areas in Sedgwick and Cowley counties. 

Mulvane, which suffered extensive damage in flooding two years ago, has at least 14 houses that have been damaged, many of them in the same locations. 

ERTs are asked to text the Rev. Hollie Tapley, disaster response coordinator, if you are available to work as soon as possible.

Camp Chippewa, near Ottawa, Kansas, suffered damage from this week’s storms, including trees, its archery backdrop, livestock feed storage area, the wall of the bathhouse and broken cabin windows.

Eleven volunteers are scheduled to begin working in Fremont, Nebraska, from Thursday through Saturday. The point person for the volunteers is the Rev. Bill Gepford, pastor of Fremont UMC. 

Work will be done on a number of homes that were damaged because of flooding in the area. 

So far, $586,133 has been contributed to the Great Plains Disaster Relief Fund, including $566 raised by the Kids Clean-Up Fund

Grants have not yet been given from the conference, Tapley said, but will be used to purchase large items such as insulation and drywall and smaller items such as box fans and dehumidifiers. 

“A majority of the donations will be used during the recovery phase,” Tapley said. 

As of May 1, Tapley said, 45 ERTs had volunteered 10,080 hours to serve those damaged by the flood. She said 47 homes have already been cleared, with a waiting list of more than 70 to complete.

"These ERTs have done terrific work and have represented you well as they serve to make a difference in the lives of these individuals. Their hard work and dedication allows me to connect with city/county officials, emergency managers, Red Cross and FEMA as planning for long-term needs are being put into place," Tapley said. "All these agencies are just like us United Methodist, we have to have a series of meetings to accomplish anything!

"Recovery is going to be long – a process that is going to take patience and understanding. Please continue to lift our neighbors in Nebraska in your prayers. Pray for your ERT’s – for strength and safety while they are working."

The next Early Response Team training is May 18 in Aurora, Nebraska, as well as May 29, before the opening of the Annual Conference sessions, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka

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