OKUMC helps complete work on disaster recovery sites
The Oklahoma Conference helped complete work still needed to address recovery efforts due to a May 2019 flooding event. Dana Parker, the Oklahoma Conference disaster response coordinator, said she was proud to know what the church is doing in the world.
“Being a case manager was, of course, very fulfilling as I worked with these clients,” Parker said. “Every client I worked with was full of gratitude and relief that they would be able to move beyond the disaster to a life where their home was a place of refuge instead of worry.”
A roof in Catoosa
One home in Catoosa needed a new roof. Though the disaster was a flooding event, the amount of rain causing the flood caused her roof to fail. As a result, parts of the rafters, ceiling, and insulation also needed to be replaced. Water that came in from the damaged roof also caused the flooring below. The homeowner, an older woman with a fixed income, did not qualify for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and she did not have homeowner’s insurance. Parker helped coordinate efforts to address the woman’s needs with assistance from the United Methodist Committee on Relief, a division of Global Ministries.
“With UMCOR’s assistance, we were able to purchase materials that were used by Americore workers to replace her roof, rafters, insulation, ceiling, floor joists and flooring,” Parker said. “They did a beautiful job and she now has a warm, safe home to live in.”
Floors in Ramona
Another home in Ramona required new flooring. The home took in three feet of water shortly after the flooding event began, and the family—including three children—had to evacuate through a back window, using a boat to get to higher ground.
The family received assistance from FEMA but ran out of funds before they could complete the work.
“They focused on replacing electrical wiring, ductwork, bathrooms and drywall, but funds for flooring were out of reach,” Parker said. “With UMCOR’s assistance, they were able to finish their walls, and lay flooring throughout the home. It is now a place of comfort instead of a reminder of what they had lost.”
From left to right: A roof sustained damage on a home in Catoosa as the result of flood-inducing rain; repairs to address roof damage caused by rain are completed; work to complete the flooring in a home affected by three feet of flood water is completed. Photos submitted by Dana Parker, Oklahoma Conference Disaster Response Coordinator.