Disaster Response Ministry



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

Connect to:
Rev. Scott Parrish, NGC Disaster Response Coordinator

SC Needs Teams

The South Carolina Conference is in need of volunteer teams to continue recovery work from Hurricane Florence. This is an opportunity for any skill level team to go and serve our neighbors in South Carolina. Their goal is to meet the needs of 230+ households requiring 900+ volunteers over the next 2 years. For more information visit the South Carolina Conference website HERE

NC Needs Tarp Teams

More information HERE

Puerto Rico Rebuilding Teams

Beginning in February of 2018, UMVIM and Early Response Teams started assisting with disaster response and recovery in Puerto Rico. By the end of December 2018, 108 teams and a total of 1,151 volunteers served with the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico [MCPR].  

The effort is ongoing--there are still 35,000 houses with blue tarps. To help meet the continuing disaster recovery efforts, the MCPR would like to begin scheduling 32 teams per month to serve, starting in June 2019.

There are ample opportunities for teams to serve in 2019 and into 2020.  

For more information, click here.

Teams Needed:

See the current UMVIM disaster response project list & contacts HERE

March 3, 2019 Tornadoes

 Alabama Rural Ministry is in charge of the long term recovery as that effort transitions and may require funding and teams in the near future. Find information and contacts here. 

Fall 2018 Hurricane Response

North Georgia United Methodists are serving those who have been in the path of recent disasters:

Alpharetta FUMC in Panama City


Connecting Neighbors

The Connecting Neighbors curriculum consists of an overview of disaster ministry with three units and supporting handouts.

Module 1: Ready Congregants focuses on preparing individuals and families to be disaster-ready. 
Module 2: Ready Churches emphasizes the importance of protecting church property and the people within the property, before and immediately following a disaster, and of appropriate use of church property in disaster response. 
Module 3: Ready Response encourages churches to explore their capacity for various disaster response ministries and to consider ways to engage community partners.

Disaster Ready Congregation Curriculum (zipped file).


NGA Emergency Call Chain

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.



Be in Disaster Response Ministry

What does it take to become active in:

Our UMCOR trained ERT trainers are volunteers who offer the beginning class, ERT renewals, and 200 level classes in locations across North GA. With our few trainers we, who are also ERT team leaders and deploy, we seek to make the training & networking available in locations which make disaster response ministry accessible to all of our 850 North Georgia churches. 

Current Trainings Offered

Early Response Team (ERT)
Basic Class

Saturday, July 13, 2019

8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Mt. Bethel UMC
4385 Lower Roswell Road
Room: B – 118
Marietta, GA

Contact:  Clyde Almy at ccalmy@hotmail.com

Register and pay online HERE


UMVIM Team Leader Training

Classes & registration HERE


North Georgia Warehouse

The Conference Disaster Response Warehouse is open only by appointment. A church should bring enough volunteers to unload your cleaning buckets 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.

Relief Supply Kits 

Please note that due to your generosity the North GA warehouse is currently FULL so we are not receiving any further kits at this time. Check here in the future as this will change due to demand. Find instructions for UMCOR relief kits at:

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NGA Deployment Procedures

Disaster Response Teams working through The United Methodist Church are known for arriving early and being among the 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).