Long Island East District
Long Island East District
Wednesday, February 21, 2024
of the New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
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Disaster Recovery

 LI United Methodists Respond to Disaster

Looking for a way to help the survivors of Hurricane Harvey?


Dear Sisters and Brothers,

As we watch the news reporting on the impact of Hurricane Harvey, you may be wondering what you can do to help the people there. The answers to that question aren't always simple - and will evolve over time - but one thing that will undoubtedly be needed are money and cleaning buckets!  These have been requested by our NYAC and by our district's Disaster Preparation and Response Committee.  Updates on the situation from our Annual Conference's Coordination of Mission Ministries, Rev. Tom Vencuss, can be found on the NYAC website.  

For those interested in giving financially to UMCOR's efforts, you can give 
online or by giving through "Advance #901670".  100% of your financial gift goes directly to UMCOR's disaster relief efforts.  (Operating costs are funded differently.)  UMCOR has prepared a half-sheet bulletin insert you can use to share with your congregation.  

Hygiene kits and cleaning bucket kits are given to families who have experienced a disaster like a flood. If you'd like to donate all or part of a kit, please contact the Bayport United Methodist Church (631-472-0770) or East Quogue United Methodist Church (631-653-5351). Our Mission Central HUBs are ready to receive your gifts and get them where they need to go. The video and list below will help you get the RIGHT items in your cleaning bucket kits. (Only specific items can be included.)

In the near future, as the needs in the aftermath are identified, we may be collecting more for the survivors of Harvey, but this is what we can all do right now, as we trust in the promise of our calling from the Scriptures:

"They will rebuild the ancient ruins;
they will restore formerly deserted places;
they will renew ruined cities...." - Isaiah 61:4

The Church is Christ's hands and feet in the world, giving us the opportunity to share hope with those in need.  We trust in Jesus to be our strength.  (Philippians 4:13)  So as we pray, as we work, let the Lord guide us in loving ways, until the flooded earth becomes refreshed and every home is thoughtfully rebuilt. 

In Christ's Love,

LI East District Disaster Prep & Response Committee

What do I put in a flood bucket?
Cleaning Kit Contents:
  • 5-gallon bucket with resealable lid
    • Buckets from fast-food restaurants or bakeries can be used if washed and cleaned
    • Do not use buckets that have stored chemicals such as paint or pool cleaner
    • Advertisements on the outside are acceptable
  • Liquid laundry detergent
    • One 50-oz. or two 25-oz. bottle(s) only
  • Liquid household cleaner
    • 12‐16 oz. liquid cleaner that can be mixed with water
    • No spray cleaners
  • Dish soap
    • 16‐28 oz. bottle any brand
  • 1 can air freshener
    • Aerosol or pump
  • 1 insect repellant spray
    • 6‐14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with protective cover
  • 1 scrub brush
    • Plastic or wooden handle
  • 18 cleaning wipes
    • Handi Wipes or reusable wipes
    • No terry cleaning towels
    • Remove from packaging
  • 7 sponges
    • Hand-sized
    • NO cellulose sponges due to mold issues
    • Remove from wrapper
  • 5 scouring pads
    • Remove from wrapper
    • No stainless steel, Brillo pads, or SOS pads (nothing with soap built in)
  • 50 clothespins
  • Clothesline
    • One 100-ft. or two 50-ft. lines
    • Cotton or plastic
  • 24-roll heavy-duty trash bags
    • 33‐ to 45-gallon sizes
    • Remove from the box
  • 5 dust masks
  • 2 pairs kitchen dishwashing gloves
    • Should be durable enough for multiple uses
    • Remove from packaging
  • 1 pair work gloves
    • Cotton with leather palm or all leather
Hygiene Kit Contents:
  • 1 hand towel (15 x 25 inches to 17 x 27 inches; Kitchen, cleaning, and microfiber towels not acceptable)
  • 1 washcloth
  • 1 comb
    • Comb needs to be sturdy and longer than 6 inches long
    • No pocket combs or picks
    • Rattail combs and combs without handles are acceptable with a minimum of 6 inches of teeth
  • 1 metal nail file or nail clippers (no emery boards)
  • 1 bath-size soap (3 oz. and larger; no Ivory or Jergens soap due to moisture content; keep in original packaging)
  • 1 toothbrush (adult size only; keep in original packaging)
  • 6 adhesive bandages (common household Band-Aids; ¾ inch to 1 inch-size)
  • 1 plastic bag (one-gallon size sealable bag)
  • $1.00 to purchase toothpaste

Long Island now has three UM Disaster Relief Centers that are receiving, orienting, and deploying teams of volunteers to help individuals and families clear debris, clean out muck, remove damaged cabinets and wallboard, and perform mold treatment. The Centers are headquartered at the St. Mark’s UMC, Rockville Center, the Freeport UMC, and Community UMC, Massapequa. Below are contact numbers and email addresses for the three centers:

St. Mark’s UMC    (516) 766-2080    pastorbob.grimm@gmail.com

Freeport UMC      (516) 655-6528    nyacdisasterfreeport@gmail.com

Community UMC  (516) 795-1322    UMDisasterRelief@cumcmassapequa.org

LI West District, contact Pastor Bob Grimm at St. Mark’s.
LI East, contact Warren Ferry, District Disaster Response Coordinator at (631) 875-5204.
What Ministry:          LI Sandy Recovery Ministry Center
Date & Time:             Monday through Friday, 9 a.m to 4 p.m.; other times as needed
For more info:           Call (516) 795-1322