19 November 2017
12 November 2017
The South Central Jurisdiction hosted Global Ministries Mission Volunteers training this last week at Mt. Sequoyah in the Arkansas Conference. Eleven mission volunteers from the SCJ and beyond came together to learn about serving through the United Methodist Church. If you missed this opportunity, never fear! Training dates and details for 2018 can be found on the Global Ministries Mission Volunteers website.
10 November 2017
01 November 2017
26 October 2017
Spotlight on Information for Coping and Emotional Care for Faith-Based and Community Organizations Serving People Affected by the Recent Hurricanes
During times of crisis, people often find comfort and support through their faiths and through community engagement. Faith- and community-based organizations are providing invaluable assistance to hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands (U.S.V.I.) and displaced survivors and diaspora communities in the continental United States. CDC’s Emergency Partners Information Connection (EPIC) is sharing this collection of resources to support faith-based and community leaders as they assist those impacted by hurricanes.
Mental health in emergencies
Learn more about how emergencies can affect mental health on these websites.
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Disaster Distress Helpline website (English) (Spanish)
Guidance for faith-based and community leaders
These resources give leaders tips and recommendations on how to address mental health issues after a disaster.
· FEMA’s Faith Resources (English)
Resources to share with survivors
Faith- and community-based organizations can print and hand out these resources for the people they serve.
· SAMHSA’s Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Managing Stress (English) (Spanish)
· SAMHSA’s Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Traumatic Event: What to Expect in Your Personal, Family, Work, and Financial Life (English) (Spanish)
· CDC’s Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event (English and Spanish)– versions specific to USVI and Puerto Rico are available upon request.
Resources for Helping Children
Disasters affect children more differently than they do adults. Children may have a hard time understanding the disaster, accepting changes and loss, and seeing adults in their lives struggling. These resources help parents and teachers work with children of various ages.
· SAMHSA’s Tips for Talking with and Helping Children and Youth After a Disaster or Community Event (English) (Spanish)
· National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s (NCTSN) Parent Guidelines for Helping Children After Hurricanes (English) (Spanish)
· NCTSN’s Simple Activities for Children Without Power or When Playing Outside is Restricted (English)
People affected by hurricanes may be experiencing increased stress in their homes, families, and daily lives. They may also have difficulty accessing social and legal protections. There have been reported increases in violence in Puerto Rico and U.S.V.I.. These resources can help address issues of violence.
· National Domestic Violence Hotline Print Brochure (English)
· Administration for Children and Families’ First Responders: Support for Pregnant Survivors of Abuse or Rape During Disasters (English)
· CDC’s Preventing Violence After a Natural Disaster (English)
National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health’s Creating Trauma Informed Services (English)
Encourage survivors who are struggling to cope to call SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Hotline:
· 1-800-985-5990 (Press “2” for Spanish) or text “TalkWithUs” for English or “Háblanos” for Spanish to 66746
If you suspect that a survivor may be experiencing violence, please encourage them to call the National Domestic Violence Hotline:
· 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) (TTY for deaf/hearing impaired: TTY 1-800-787-3224).
o Additionally, advocates who are deaf are available 24/7 through the National Deaf Hotline by video phone at 1-855-812-1001, Instant Messenger (DeafHotline) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
· If it’s not safe to call survivors can use the live chat service (http://www.thehotline.org/what-is-live-chat/). You’ll receive the same one-on-one, real-time, confidential support from a trained advocate as you would on the phone. Chat is available every day from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. CST. Chat en Español esta disponible de 12 p.m. a 6 p.m. Hora Central.
Caitlyn Lutfy, MPH
On behalf of the Emergency Partners Information Connection (EPIC)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
19 October 2017
The Texas Annual Conference (Houston and north Gulf Coast) is transitioning from Early Response to Long Term Recovery. In the past few weeks, teams have mucked out and gutted more than 6000 homes, but they are still finding communities where the damage has not been assessed. Volunteers should be over age 18, Safe Sanctuaries certified, and at least one member of the team should be ERT trained. Go to http://www.txcumc.org/texasrecovers
The Rio Texas Conference (Corpus Christi and south Gulf Coast area) are taking ERTs for approximately another 6 weeks and are accepting reservations for Long-Term Recovery teams after that. Go to their website: https://riotexas.org/harvey.
Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands (US Territories)
This is still a government-controlled situation. They are in emergency relief phase and it is NOT appropriate for volunteers to go yet. We will update you as this situation changes. UMCOR is releasing grants to Puerto Rico quickly and talking daily with the Bishop and other church leaders on the islands.
Give to UMCOR's relief and recovery efforts:
US Disaster Response, Advance #901670 at umcor.org/donate. 100% of donations made through The Advance reach their intended target since overhead costs are funded by your generous donations on
UMCOR Sunday each year.