New Support for Fernley Flood Recovery Effort

April 18, 2008

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has agreed to award a $50,600 grant to cover one year's salary for the Case Manager Supervisor position in Fernley, Nevada. The award was based on a request submitted by Sue King, California-Nevada Conference Emergency Response Coordinator and United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Director, on behalf of the conference and Fernley Long-term Recovery.


"What a relief it will be to have this critical person in place shortly," says King. "We are taking applications now and will start scheduling interviews this week and next week."


(Read earlier story. Download job description.)


The new contribution by UMCOR adds $50,600 to the Long-term Recovery efforts, which combines with an initial UMCOR grant of $10,000, training by two UMCOR disaster consultants, more than $5,000 from California-Nevada Conference churches, and consultant support and monetary donations from Church World Service and other church partners.


"Locally, St. John's Presbyterian Church in Reno gave $10,000 and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance provided a $15,000 grant following our request to them," King says. She adds that she also has made grant requests to other denominations and foundations and will continue to do so in coming weeks. 


In addition, UMCOR has set up an Advance Special number for the Fernley Flood recovery: UMCOR Advance #901670.


On January 5, a 30-foot breach in a levee along the Truckee Canal in sent approximately eight feet of water across a two square mile area. The flood waters forced about 3,000 people out of their homes and approximately 600 acres of land were covered in water. Several homes were damaged by the floods.


UMCOR is providing case management for flooded homeowners and renters, as well as building materials and trained volunteers to repair damaged homes. Emotional support helping those affected cope with the trauma and recovery demands will also be provided.


In May, Church World Service will report on Fernley Flood Recovery needs at the CWS Executive Community Table where denomination disaster representatives, such as UMCOR's Tom Hazelwood, are seated and make decisions upon resource allocation.


"We hope more partners will join in our efforts," King says. "We anticipate more than $1.5 million is needed to help flooded residents with disaster-related needs that exceed the federal and state resources allocated to the flood victims.


"We are there to make sure no one falls through the cracks," she adds.


Read more about the Fernley emergency in UMCOR Hotline and on the Church World Service Emergency Response website.