The recent storms throughout South Carolina have left the state in the midst of what the governor calls a “1,000-year flood.” More than 10 people have lost their lives, and much of the area between Columbia and Charleston is underwater.
As with other natural disasters, neighbors will come to the aid of neighbors through volunteer efforts. For anyone wishing to get involved in a relief project, we offer the following information:
- People are encouraged to attend training and participate in volunteer responses through United Methodist Volunteers in Mission.
- Financial donations to help with flood recovery should go to Advance #901670, managed by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
- Consider taking part in Emergency Response Team Training. The next training opportunity is scheduled for Oct. 10. Teams consist of six to 12 people, and each team member receives eight hours of basic disaster training, plus first aid and CPR.
- Clean drinking water is available for residents of Richland County and the City of Columbia.
- The South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church carries updates about recovery work and a message from Bishop Jonathon Holston.