Monitoring Hurricane Dorian - 9/3/19 Update

9/3/2019

Although Hurricane Dorian has weakened as it moved over Grand Bahama Island on Tuesday morning, it is still a powerful category 2 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. The images we have seen of the destruction in the Bahamas caused by this Hurricane are devastating, and we continue to pray for our brothers and sisters who will feel the effects of this storm for a long time to come.

The Conference Disaster Response committee remains vigilant as Hurricane Dorian now moves towards Florida and the southeast coast in Georgia where, for Georgia, tropical storm conditions are expected later tomorrow into early Thursday, according to weather reports. 

Luis Morales (Conference Disaster Response Coordinator) is in daily conversation with UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) and surrounding annual conferences as they stand ready to assist in whatever way they can. He is also participating in GA VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Assisting in Disasters) calls so we can be part of a coordinated response. 

Here is additional information we can share today:

  • Rev. David Thompson, Coastal District DS, remains in communication with the pastors and churches in his district along the east coast. 
  • Shelters are opening up across our conference for evacuees. Click here for the list
  • Special offerings to help with storm recovery needs may be sent to the South Georgia Conference Storm Recovery efforts. Click here for details.
  • We will be disseminating information as to if and when Early Response Teams are needed as soon as we can and when it safe to do so after the storm.  

With still much unknown, the Conference Disaster Response Team continues to closely monitor the storm and will send additional updates as needed. The latest disaster response information will be posted at www.sgaumc.org/disasterresponse

A word from Bishop Bryan: I am so very grateful for the regular conversations going on between the disaster response leaders of our conference with representatives of FEMA, GEMA, and the United Methodist Committee on Relief. In addition, I am aware that our pastors in the coastal areas are checking on homebound members and others who might need special assistance.  Then there are our Early Response Teams who are also on alert. Thanks to all of you who are constantly monitoring your own community -- you are the connectional system in your area and I thank you for your diligence. We are Alive Together in Witness as we let others know that we will be standing together before and after the storm.