As we move into the spring storm season, the Disaster Response Committee would like to share some resources to help everyone in Iowa. A brochure is now available with ways the committee can respond and a list of the District Response Coordinators. Please download
and use as needed.
The National Weather Service is advising that we can expect more severe storms in 2021. While we can't be prepared for everything that might happen, it's a good time to make some basic preparations. BE AWARE and PREPARE.
1. HAVE A PLAN
Have a plan for where you can take shelter. This is a good policy for anywhere you go. Look around and find the best place for shelter and to exit, if needed. Make sure everyone in your home, office, church, school, ball-team—everyone—knows where to shelter. Talk to your family, create a disaster plan
for your family, and don't forget to include one for those with disabilities
2. MAKE A KIT
At home, have some items in your "safe space
" for when you need to shelter. Click for a list
of things to have available or contact disaster.response@iaumc
for more information.
Have a “Go Bag” prepared for every member of your family. A Go Bag is a backpack or other small bag ready with some essential items for if you need to leave your home suddenly, you also could leave these in the family vehicle.
3. KNOW WHEN TO ACT
Know the difference between a WATCH (conditions are favorable for a tornado to form) and a WARNING (a tornado or severe storm is in your area and take cover now.) A good way to remember the difference is that Warning has an “R” in it, which means RUN. More information and weather conditions flyer here
Pay attention to the weather and what the forecast will be. Every local television station in Iowa has a free “Weather App” for your smartphone and there are many services that will alert you if a storm is nearing your location.
3. PROVIDE RELIEF
After a storm hits, there are many ways to help. Some of the ways to support the relief and response efforts are:
GIVE financial support.
PRAY for those impacted and responding.
RESPOND in the following ways:
- Receive UMCOR Emergency Response Training (ERT)
- Serve as a storm watcher/reporter
- Join a Chainsaw Team
If you are interested in getting involved in any of these response efforts, contact the District Disaster Response Coordinator for your area or the Conference Coordinator, Pastor Catie Newman, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Conference Disaster Coordinator
- Rev. Catie & John Newman
Northwest, Southwest & South Central
- District Disaster Coordinator
Contact Rev. Catie Newman
North Central District Disaster Coordinator
Northeast District Disaster Coordinators
- Rev. Keith Pitts
- Rev. Phil Rogers
East Central District Disaster Coordinator
Central District Disaster Coordinator
- Rev. Andrew Happ
- Bill Gibbons
Southeast District Disaster Coordinator
- Rev. Jeff Bixby