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Disaster response continues

Date 02 May 1996 22:32:51

"UNITED METHODIST DAILY NEWS" by SUSAN PEEK on Aug. 11, 1991 at 13:58 Eastern,

Note 2946 by UMNS on May 2, 1996 at 14:33 Eastern (2414 characters).

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          New York (212) 870-3803                      May 1, 1996

United Methodists continue
disaster cleanup in many states

                 by United Methodist News Service

     As of May 1, at least half of the 68 U.S. United Methodist
annual (regional) conferences continued to cope with damage
inflicted by storms, floods and tornados in 1996.
     Most recently, the United Methodist Committee on Relief
(UMCOR), has allocated a $28,000 grant to the North Arkansas
Conference for tornado cleanup, according to Virginia Miller, a
UMCOR disaster specialist.
     Tornados also have struck Illinois, North Carolina, Missouri,
Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. New
floodwaters spilled through parts of the Midwest on April 30.
Earlier in the year, storm and flood damage ravaged the Northeast
and Northwest.
     Miller said the only areas that seem to be "high and dry" are
New Mexico and West Texas, but noted that those spots have
experienced wildfires.
     During 1995, UMCOR responded to disasters in at least 15
states, as well as islands in the Caribbean. Involvement included
providing pastoral care, offering financial support, serving on
committees, providing leadership personnel and supplying
volunteers, she said.
     Pastoral care was an essential part of UMCOR's service in one
man-made disaster -- the Oklahoma City bombing.
     According to Miller's statistics, UMCOR's work in 1995
     * 652 individual days of leadership and technical aid by its
catastrophic disaster response team;
     * 3,465 days by short- and long-term volunteers as volunteer
managers and case workers;
     * 14,670 volunteer workers on 1,320 teams;
     * 1,500 homes repaired or rebuilt and two four-unit apartment
buildings constructed;
     * 3,350 families receiving other types of help;
     * $4 million in funds distributed, not including money given
at the local level or funds spent for church property repairs.
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