Hurricane Sandy Update

Date Posted: 11/14/2012

The following update from Greg Forrester, the UMVIM NE Jurisdictional Coordinator, was sent on Thursday, Nov. 8. For those of you interested in serving on a team, this is helpful information. If any of you want to lead a team, great! Please let me know so we can get the word out to our ERTs around the Conference. Also, you can get the latest information on response efforts from TACCOR at



Dear Friends,

Grace and Peace to you this day!


You have all been watching the catastrophe unfold in the Superstorm Sandy affected areas. It is not good but there are many beacons of hope that are shining through the dark places. Churches are reaching out to their communities providing shelter, warmth, fellowship, and comfort. They are being "the church". They are doing their very best with an awesome support system that we call the United Methodist church.


Many of you from outside the region are looking to physically respond with ERT teams.  

The Northeastern Jurisdiction has over 1500 persons trained and badged through our UMCOR process. We have thousands more who have responded to flooding from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The greater NJ conference has 150 ERT and New York conference over 500. These conferences have been fielding their ERT teams this past week. Their Disaster Response coordinators have been busy with the relief process and setting up logistics for further response.  


So what does this mean?  We are establishing a process whereby teams can register in each of the areas.  First priority will be given to teams responding from the Northeast as less resources will be required for them to respond. Many of the areas are still in the Emergency Phase and even credentialed persons are being denied access by National Guard and regional police unless they are from the area. PLEASE BE PATIENT.


There are already numerous reports of unaffiliated and unrequested volunteers hampering the recovery efforts. We do not want the United Methodist church highlighted as one of these groups. PLEASE BE PATIENT.


For ERT teams (only team leader register your group):


Greater New Jersey - send email to:

You will be contacted by a representative of the conference disaster team.

Please list :  Name and contact info, Church, Annual Conference, team size, dates available to respond


New York Conference:  Go to and register on their website with information requested


Pen-Del Conference: Email to:  

You will be contacted by a representative of the conference disaster team.

Please list :  Name and contact info, Church, Annual Conference, team size (5-7 recommended), dates avail.


PLEASE BE PATIENT.  We will be needing teams in the region for the foreseeable future and will be establishing a process for teams. Thank you for looking to serve and we want you here with us - at the appropriate time and through channels established by the affected conferences.


MEANWHILE - continue to collect supplies for Cleanup buckets and Health kits. We have already distributed thousands and will need thousands more. Your gift to UMCOR US Disaster Response, Hurricanes 2012, Advance #3021787, will help UMCOR to be with storm survivors over the long term of their recovery.  PRAY!!!


Should you have further questions or concerns please contact the UMVIM NEJ office so as to allow the affected conference Disaster teams the time necessary for their work.


Thanks and blessings,     



Gregory A. Forrester

UMVIM NEJ coordinator

32 N. Church St

Cortland, NY 13045

607-756-7799 office

607-756-7957 fax