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Methodists suspend disaster recovery due to coronavirus

The NC Conference United Methodist Church Disaster Response Team office on Ocracoke is on the United Methodist Church grounds. Photo: C. Leinbach

The North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church Disaster Ministries has suspended operations in all of its disaster ministries centers and satellite offices for the next two and a half weeks due to the coronavirus.

Operations on Ocracoke will be suspended from Sunday, March 15, through Tuesday, March 31.

“While operations are suspended, we will be using the time to thoroughly clean and disinfect all of our facilities,” Al Miller III, director of disaster ministries, said in a press release.  “We hope you understand we are doing this out of an abundance of caution for you and your family.”

As the situation continues to develop, the NCCUMC will monitor and evaluate its next steps for April and beyond.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause,” Miller said. “While we certainly understand the magnitude of the work of recovery that we are all involved in, the health and safety of our volunteers, staff, and clients is also of great importance to us.”

Updates will be posted on our website: https://nccumc.org/outreach/disaster-response/

For questions or concerns, please contact 888-440-9167 or email disaster@nccumc.org.