At least twenty-two people were killed and more than 130 injured by 25 tornadoes and several severe storms that struck 32 counties within the bounds of the North Carolina Conference on Saturday, April 16. Damage and needs assessments are still in process across the NC Conference through the district disaster coordinators. Each of the 12 districts suffered some level of damage, with most having large pockets of extreme damage. There have been no reports of any major damage to church buildings. There are reports of damage to the homes of two pastors.
The conference has set up an operations/call center at the MERCI Center in Goldsboro where persons wishing to volunteer time and labor can register. To volunteer as an individual or as a group, call 1–888-440‑9167 or send an email to email@example.com. Volunteer skills needed include everything from answering phones to construction/rebuilding skills.
Bishop Al Gwinn reported in a statement released to conference clergy Monday afternoon that UMCOR has issued an emergency grant to assist with the conference’s initial response. A conference Advance special — NC Storms — is also in place to receive financial gifts. Checks may be sent to the NC Conference — UMC, P.O. Box 60053, Charlotte, NC 28260, designated for Advance S‑00176 or donations may be made online at donate now.