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United Methodist Disaster Response Ministers holds the West Virginia Annual Conference to prepare for the unthinkable

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What do you do when disaster hits? If you can't answer that, then you need to make sure you're prepared. Volunteers of the United Methodist Disaster Response Ministries meet this weekend at the New Vision Depot to hold a training to make sure they are ready if the unthinkable hits.

"It does us better to be prepared to respond to a disaster as opposed to waiting until the disaster happens, and then wondering what we're going to do," Disaster Response Coordinator, Dan Lowther said.

Most disasters that happen here includes flooding. Just a few weeks ago, Tazewell County, and McDowell County was hit hard with floods, the disaster team stepped in to make sure residents were safe.

"We responded over to McDowell County. We were able to take a load of straw, lime and go and help bring relief to the people there," Lowther said.

"This is our production room, and where we put our flooding kits together. Here in West Virginia, we call them flood buckets because we have so many floods, and this 5 gallon bucket is filled with all kinds of cleaning supplies." Disaster Response Coordinator, Sue Lowther said.

The organization is still picking up the pieces from the floods that hit the Greenbrier area back in 2016.

"We're working now building homes, repairing homes four years later we're helping bring relief," Lowther said.

More are encouraged to come and receive training.

"The curriculum we use is through encore, the United Methodist Committee on Relief and each person who comes through the training, once they take their test they will also have a test and have a background check done, and they will be credential throughout the united Methodist church," Lowther said.

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