CONTACT INFORMATION FOR VOLUNTEERS WANTING TO SERVE IN SUPER STORM SANDY RECOVERY
Below are the points of contact for Hurricane Sandy Relief. Both of these conferences are currently accepting long term recovery teams.
The majority of the work in the DE/Peninsula AC is in a small fishing village, Crisfield, MD, where 350-500 homes were flooded by the tidal surge. Three ERTs from the Western Jurisdiction deployed to this village in December and January. Crisfield is said to be the poorest town in the poorest county in Maryland. They were originally refused FEMA individual assistance but that decision was reversed on appeal. The Disaster Response Coordinator is having difficulty getting volunteers because all the media attention is on New Jersey and New York. The WJ ERTs were welcomed by the community and well taken care of by volunteers at Asbury UMC. I admit to having a strong bias toward supporting this community. The DRC told me yesterday they are doing both muck out and recovery.
I don't know much about the Greater New Jersey AC except what I hear from George Abrams, our Disaster Response Coordinator who is there as a FEMA Volunteer Agency Liaison, and from one of the Region 10 FEMA Volunteer Agency Liaisons. Both of them have high praise for the NJ VOAD and the efforts of Rev. Doherty. They are well organized and efficient. The GNJAC Bishop has made this a high priority and has stated they need 10,000 volunteers to help with the recovery.
The New York Annual Conference is only accepting teams led by an ERT trained team leader at this time. You may want to check back later if you are interested in going to New York. The PNW Annual Conference has over 100 ERT trained volunteers. If you are thinking about taking a team to NY, we may be able to find an ERT willing to lead the team.
Delaware/Peninsula Annual Conference
Pastor Rich Walton, Sr - Disaster Response Coordinator
Greater New Jersey Annual Conference
Rev Derrick Doherty
work phone 732-671-0707
New York Annual Conference
Rev. Joseph Ewoodzie
If I can be of any more assistance, please let me know.