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.
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.
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: