Disaster Response Ministry

"Giving Help, Hope and Healing to Survivors of Disaster"

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Scott Parrish, NGC Disaster Response Coordinator

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Hurricane Florence Updates

North Georgia United Methodists are praying for all in the path of Hurricane Florence. 




One of the ways we can most help in times of disaster is with our financial gifts. Make a donation to UMCOR through your local United Methodist Church. As always, 100 percent of designated funds go to those in need. Use NGUMC Fund #4390 for UMCOR US Disaster Response. Fund Number 9431 has been set for Hurricane Florence Relief.

Emergency Call Chain and Response

Immediately following a disaster in our Conference, the pastor of a local church inspects damage to any/all church property and makes two phone calls to:

a) The District Superintendent

b) The Trustee Chairperson for their local church (Trustee Chairperson contacts the insurance company for the local church and begins deliberations according to church's policy.)

See the full call chain below.


Deployment Procedures

Disaster Response Teams working through The United Methodist Church are known for being the first to arrive and last to leave in times of disaster. By coordinating with local and national response organizations and following established protocols, the United Methodist connection is effective and useful. Here is the deployment procedure for ERTs (Early Response Teams):

  1. ERTs from within the affected Conference are deployed first (if available).

  2. When additional ERTs are needed from outside that Conference they will request assistance from the Conferences in their Jurisdiction. (Contiguous conferences first and then outward.) 

  3. Should additional teams become necessary from outside the affected Jurisdiction then notification will come from the Jurisdictional UMVIM coordinators (United Methodist Volunteers in Mission). 

North Georgia Warehouse

The Conference Disaster Response Warehouse is open by appointment only on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A church should bring enough people to unload as our coordinators only do administrative tasks related to the donations. Please make an appointment with Rev. Matt Murphy at 404-403-5233 or Headland Heights UMC at 404-344-0144.

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Current Trainings Offered

  • ERT Team Leader Class

Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
@ Cornerstone UMC 

2956 Sharpsburg-McCollum Road (GA-154), 
Newnan, GA 30265. 
To register, or find out more information,
contact Rev. Scott Pickering (sdp2011@icloud.com).   Registration is required.


  • Early Response Training (ERT) - Basic Class

Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
@ Cornerstone UMC 

2956 Sharpsburg-McCollum Road (GA-154), 
Newnan, GA 30265. 
The cost is $10. 
A donation is also requested to offset
the cost of background checks. 
To register, or find out more information,
contact Bill Pound (billpound@bellsouth.net). 
Registration is required.


Relief Supply Kits 

Find the current requests for UMCOR relief kits and instructions at https://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies