The California-Pacific Conference of The United Methodist Church

UMCOR Responds to Need in Puerto Rico

UMCOR On the Ground in Puerto Rico 
Hurricane Maria, Day 58

Ted Warnock, missionary on assignment to UMCOR, Sager Brown, shared the following report with Judy and Doug Lewis on November 17,upon returning from Puerto Rico. He was with Bishop Ortiz of Methodist Church Puerto Rico (MCPR), along with UMCOR staff persons and a number of significant players from PR, such as the volunteer manager and construction manager. 

Some power stations have been installed on the south side of the island, but all power from them is shipped to the northwest side for businesses, especially tourism.

$794,500 worth of goods has already been sent by UMCOR.

Deliveries have included D batteries, water filters, and solar chargers for satellite and cell phones.
12 COWs or self-standing solar towers are being installed. 
UMCOR has been providing food bags to everyone, no distinction or ID required.
Roof tarps are being passed out, but mainly held down with concrete blocks at this time.
Lucy lights are being distributed since there is no electricity on the south side (esp. SE).
5 containers went out from Sager Brown this week with buckets and hygiene kits.
UMCOR West is sending layette (cloth diapers) and school kits.

Current Challenges:

Call for Teams to Puerto Rico:


Many $$ will be needed for supplies to aid recovery. Advance Directive #901670

Please contact Judy Lewis if you plan to field a team or have individuals who meet the current requirements. If you need the ERT training in Spanish and are willing to host a training session, also contact your conference coordinator who will give you the details about hosting. At the current time, we have had no requests for Spanish ERT training, but are open to providing that. We have English-speaking class instructors who could work with a Spanish translator as well.

Judy Lewis, Cal-Pac Disaster Response Coordinator 909-731-8248