Disaster Response Ministry



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

Connect to:
Scott Parrish, NGC Disaster Response Coordinator

Fall 2018 Hurricane Response

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



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.

  • NGUMC Fund #4390 for UMCOR US Disaster Response.
  • NGUMC Fund #9431 has been set specifically for Hurricane Florence Relief.

Connecting Neighbors

The Connecting Neighbors curriculum helps 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.


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). 

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

Click blue link to register:

NGA Disaster Academy

Saturday, February 16, 2019
Salem UMC & Salem Campground                                        3962 Salem Road, Covington, GA 30016

Featuring Classes, Networking, Trailers & Tools, and Demonstrations

Choose an all day class OR the half day classes.

All Day Classes (Choose One):

  • Basic Early Response Team
  • Chainsaw (ERT badge preferred)​

Half Day Advanced Classes (if already ERT badged) (Choose up to Two - a morning 9-12 & an afternoon 1-4):

  • ERT Renewal
  • Assessment
  • Spiritual & emotional Care
  • Volunteer Center
  • Team Leader Training
  • Growing Your Church DR Team

Registration -  Click HERE


ERT Renewal Class

March 2, from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm, Cornerstone UMC. Scott Pickering & Bill Pound. Contact Bill to register.


ER Team Leader Training

March 2, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, Cornerstone UMC. Scott Pickering & Bill Pound. Contact Bill 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 https://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies.