Western Jurisdiction Emergency Response Teams aid in Hurricane Florence relief

November 20, 2018
Submitted by Sue Harmon
Clergy, Mountain Sky Conference

From Oct. 28 to Nov. 18, three Early Response Teams (ERT) from the Western Jurisdiction traveled to Beufort, North Carolina. These teams took part in cleaning out homes damaged by Hurricane Florence. Each team of seven to 10 members included three trained ERT persons from the Mountain Sky Conference as well as persons from the Desert Southwest, Pacific Northwest, and Oregon-Idaho conferences.

The Mountain Sky Conference was represented by Sue Harmon, Linda Wilson and Bill Anderson. The work was hard, but all three teams received overwhelming praise and thankfulness from the families served. Community members also expressed thanks to the team, easily recognizable by their bright green shirts. Each family shared that the work was truly a blessing and gave them hope.

For Sue Harmon, this was her first ERT trip, and she described it as "a blessing to work as a team member alongside others from the Western Jurisdiction whom I had never met." Sue describes the close bond of the teams: "We worked well together from the first day! We camped in the Ann Street United Methodist Church educational building. Each morning, we saw little children coming into daycare, which brightened our day!"

If you have an interest in serving on an ERT team, your service will be welcome. Please contact Jay Vestal or Rev. Gary Haddock for more information.