The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) website reported that at the start of the 2011 spring storm season, an unprecedented number of severe storms, including tornadoes, hail and high winds, have raced across the United States, provoking widespread damage and flooding in the South and Central regions.
The month of April alone saw more than 7,000 such storms, which produced hundreds of tornadoes. Rivers, including the Mississippi, are at record 100-year-flood levels. The cleanup and recovery from this series of events will take years.
UMCOR is working with bishops and disaster-response personnel to determine the next steps to assist the affected communities. It is accepting donations for 2011 Spring Storms through UMCOR Advance #3021326. Gifts may be made on line, by credit card with a call to 888.252.6174, or through local churches and Annual Conferences.
NOTE: If writing a check, please make it payable to California-Nevada Annual Conference and note "UMCOR Advance # 3021326" on the memo line. You may drop it in your church offering plate, or mail to: CA-NV Annual Conference, P.O. Box 980250, West Sacramento, CA 95798.