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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    UNY 2019 Halloween Storm LTR is in need of your help

    Due to the affected counties dealing with the COVID-19 situation, the Long Term Recovery process will start up as soon as the counties are cleared to operate within. Feel free to share if your team is interested in participating in future operations.

    On October 31, 2019, a storm hit the Mohawk Valley in Upstate New York. As a result, thousands of residents are dealing with water and mud issues, including flooded basements. The flooding was so bad in some areas that homes were knocked off their foundations. There was a huge effort to assist many homeowners however some did not receive assistance.

    Upper New York Conference is working with the Oneida and Herkimer counties (HOAD) Unmet Human Needs committee to assist survivors in recovery efforts due to the storms impact. The work varies in need and is based on the discovered damage.

    Consider offering some time to help in the recovery process. All skill levels are welcomed. The repair process is being managed using local resources of volunteer labor. The volunteer labor is being requested to come from within no more than an hour’s drive from the survivor’s home. The Mohawk Valley is where most of the work is located. There are funds available for the material and donations are being received as well.

    There will not be any overnight accommodations available. All volunteers need to be within an hour drive to the survivor’s home and bring a bag lunch and other necessities they require. This is a great opportunity for churches to organize a mission response team and adopt a house in need and be responsible for all the repairs.

    Upper New York Conference, representing UMCOR, responded and helped many survivors through the devastation right after the flooding. Its time to assist in the recovery, and your help is needed. Please consider offering to be a part of the long-awaited recovery.

    The needs important to many. Please call Mike Block, UNY Director of Missional Engagement, at (315) 491-0497 or email ( to see how you can make a difference. If you’re an ERT or a VIM participant, we could use your leadership skills. Those that just want to help can offer up their time and talents to be a part of teams being formed. Do not deploy without coordinating with us first.

    According to New York State Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD):

    • An estimated 1000 homes have been impacted by the storm.
    • An estimated 300 homes have major damage.
    • An estimated 100 homes were destroyed or condemned.
    • An estimated 20 homes are inaccessible.
    • An estimated 300 homes have had gas and/or electricity turned off and need utilities service.
    • 20 families need temporary housing.
    • An unidentified number of homes have yet to be reached out to or have yet to report their situation or return calls

    With more than 144,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."