Top Four Worst and Best Ways to Help After a Disaster
By Susan Kim
When disaster strikes, often we see heart-wrenching images on television. People have lost everything. Their homes are swept away or lie in a tangled heap. Their belongings are ruined.
We immediately want to help – a good intention that stems from compassion for our fellow human beings. However, be certain to couple your compassion with good judgment on the best ways to help disaster survivors.
Here are the top four most common pitfalls into which helpers fall after a disaster – and what they should do instead.:
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Puerto Rico Relief
You've seen the pictures and heard the impassioned pleas from the San Juan mayor. Where is the United Methodist Church (UMC) in relief and support? ...Right there in the midst of the people of Puerto Rico. UMC.org reports:
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is currently working with disaster coordinators and early response teams to provide relief to the many victims of hurricane/tropical storm Harvey. We will continue to update this page and UMCOR social media as we receive new information.
Please continue to pray for those whose lives have been impacted by hurricane/tropical storm Harvey. Please also pray for the Early Response Teams, disaster coordinators, and many volunteers in The Texas Annual conference of the United Methodist Church, Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, and the Central Texas Conference who are working tirelessly to provide relief after Harvey.
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Puerto Rican Methodists are visiting the towns that are open and accessible, the Rev. Luis Daniel Roman, who works in the bishop’s office, told United Methodist Communications. The process of evaluation is continuing but the extent of the damage — and the need — is unknown. Even the bishop was stuck in his own neighborhood after the hurricane had passed.
“The reality is that they (Puerto Rican church leaders) have heard from a very limited number because of the challenges with communications,” Burgos said.
Earlier, it was reported on the Puerto Rican church’s website that two churches, Rio Piedras Heights and Torrimar Methodist, brought groceries to the community of Villas del Sol in the village of Toa Baja, which was “practically devastated” by the hurricane.
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Coloma United Methodist Church
UMCOR continues to work developing and coordinating the most effective ways to get relief supplies to the island. The global and local church is finding the best way to get supplies to those distribution sites already established by Puerto Rican UMC churches and agencies.