Disaster Response Ministry



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

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

Interested in participating in an upcoming Disaster Response Team Trip?

Date:   April 25-28, 2019

Sending Church: Northside Church, 2799 Northside Dr. NW, Atlanta 30350

Serving: Whiteville, NC

Description: Hurricane Florence and Michael created enormous loss and suffering. Many families are still displaced and hurricane season begins again in June! No special skills are necessary, only your desire to serve. Join us as we clean and prepare homes for restoration.

For this trip Early Response Team (ERT) trained is suggested but not required.

Requirements: Team members must be 18 or older and have medical insurance.

Click Here to Register

Team Leader: Jeff Adams, jeffreypadams@bellsouth.net

Dir. of Missions, Northside Church: Lynette Brown, lynetteb@northsideumc.org


March 3, 2019 Tornadoes

South Georgia is currently working trained chainsaw teams and doing debris removal related to the March 3 disaster. While SGA conference concentrates on the Cairo area, they have asked North GA to send teams to the Talbotton area. Available NGA chainsaw teams can contact Rev. Scott Parrish for more details.

Alabama West Florida conference advises that Lee County AL response will not require ERT teams from outside their conference. Alabama Rural Ministry will be 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 at https://www.arm-al.org/2019/03/stopping-a-tornado/. 


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


Current Regional Needs:

Note that each UMC annual conference area runs their own disaster response using UMCOR protocols. So, it's always best to contact them once the invitation beyond the conference is given. Typically their conference website will be the best source of information and process. 

South GA conference isn't currently scheduling teams as they shift from early response to long term recovery.

The Carolinas continue to have significant needs both with muck out/ clean out and rebuilding. For NC contact the Disaster Response Call Center at 
disasterresponse@nccumc.org or 888-440-9167.

For SC check here
For Alabama-West Florida is here

As is true in many states, Florida is continuing early response while also dealing with disaster impact from a year or more ago. They have special need of rebuilding teams, so if your group can assist with flooring, sheetrock, etc. they need help.
Volunteer here

Here's the UMVIM SEJ disaster response project list.

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

Thank you to everyone who has participated in ERT training during our very active winter season. Winter quarter is our primary training time as the rest of the year has us active deploying teams (our primary function). Classes will be offered at other times during the year as the volunteer trainers are available. 


Early Response Team RENEWAL

​Tuesday, April 30, 10:00am-12:30pm at Tucker FUMC. Trainer: Scott Parrish. Click here to register.


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).