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DISASTER PLANNING AND PREPAREDNESS RESOURCES
In early 2008 our office launched the Disaster Coordinator program to build bridges between our congregations and the Florida Conference.  Disaster Coordinators are vital to the livelihood of this Ministry and can gain valuable experience serving as a volunteer for their congregation.  Some resources that may be helpful in their mission to prepare and plan their congregations and communities for the event of a future disaster can be found below:

  1. Disaster Planning for Your Congregation

  2. Disaster Digital Evacuation Planning Tool

  3. Florida Conference United Church of Christ Disaster Preparedness for Congregations

  4. Disaster Plan from Sanibel Congregational UCC

  5. Disaster Plan from Fort Myers Congregational UCC

  6. Congregation Contact Survey from Miami Beach Community Church UCC

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VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED


Help repair homes damaged by Tropical Storm Debbie


Two times are available:


May 25 to June 1 and June 22 to 29


Lodging in a church in Lake City, FL


Meals provided


Roof repair, interior repair and food preparation workers are needed


Contact the Florida Conference UCC office or complete this form and send it to the Conference Office to register.  There is no registration fee.  A tax-deductible donation is welcome but not necessary.  Additional information is available from Bill Wealand at Bwealand@uccfla.org or 352-406-4484.


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DISASTER RECOVERY: VOLUNTEER RESOURCES

 We are continually looking for skilled and unskilled volunteers to assist with clean-up and repairs from roofing to debris removal.

We also need help researching innovative ways to integrate disaster ministry into worship, church education and youth activities.  You can do this from home!

Why Volunteer?

Each year faith-based volunteers contribute time valued at %51.8 billion dollars, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service.  That is almost as much as the US Department of Education Budget and one-sixth of the entire US Federal Government non-military discretionary spending. 

Volunteering is a great way to expand the Ministry beyond the WALLS of the church.

 There are many reasons to volunteer.

·       Connect with your community     

·       Share your skills and gain new ones

·       Develop self-esteem and self-confidence

·       Meet new people from all walks of life

·       Enhance your resume and make important networking contacts

·       Promote a worthwhile activity

·       Feel needed and valued

·       Experience something new

·       Serve your country

How to get started?  Download these forms and contact the Volunteer Coordinator at recovery@uccfla.org  or 786-374-5542 for more information.

 Are there other ways you would like to volunteer?  Share your ideas with us? 

Disaster Response Questionnaire:  The following information will help us better organize our response to people who need help following a disaster.  It will also help us to be better prepared to minimize damage from disasters.  Please download the form and return to Bill Wealand as  noted on the questionnaire.

  1. Disaster Questionnaire


 

WHAT WE DO
We provide assistance in natural disasters through financial assistance and more importantly with volunteers who assist to facilitate the rebuilding efforts.  The ministry provides financial assistance through participation in the work of the long-term recovery committees that exist at the county level. 

Skilled and unskilled volunteers assist with clean up and repairs from roofing to debris removal.  By using volunteers, we are able to help communities in leveraging limited financial resources that are available following disasters.

Our recovery efforts date back to the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, include the tornados of 2006 and 2007, the flooding caused by Tropical Storm Fay IN 2008, the 2009 Memorial Day floods and the tornados throughout the summer of 2009.  With a projected 3-5 year recovery time, there are residents in parts of Florida that still need help to rebuild their homes and lives.  We need volunteers in a number of communities.

New Disaster Ministry Structure

Meeting on Saturday, Nov. 12, the members of the Board of Directors of the Florida Conference UCC voted to affirm a new Disaster Ministry structure proposed by Bill Wealand, Florida Conference Disaster Ministry Coordinator.


The new structure will include three Regional Disaster Ministry Coordinating Groups and one Conference Coordinating Group.  Each Regional Group will have ten members, five clergy and five local church coordinators.  These thirty members (ten for each region) are being selected by the Regional Conference Ministers in collaboration with Bill Wealand.


Each Regional Disaster Ministry Coordinating Group will work to support and assist the congregations within their region to plan and prepare for future disasters and also to take steps to make their church facilities as resilient to the disaster causing damages as possible.


The Coordinating Groups will also work to establish cooperative working relationships with the County and Interfaith Disaster Recovery organizations in the counties within their region.  Efforts will be made to connect the United Church of Christ Disaster Ministry, both at the national setting and in the Florida Conference, to the county organizations so that our UCC efforts to assist disaster damaged families will happen as effectively as possible.


The Conference Disaster Ministry Coordinating Group will establish and maintain working relationships with Florida State Government and non-government statewide disaster response organizations.  It will also update and maintain the Florida Conference Disaster Ministry plan.


Additional information is available from Bill Wealand at Bwealand@uccfla.org or 352-406-4484

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