Disaster Response Ministry



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

Connect to:
Rev. Scott Parrish, North Georgia Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, scott.parrish@ngumc.net 

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 800 North Georgia churches. 

Current Trainings Offered

Early Response Team (ERT)
Basic Class

Upcoming training being coordinated for Loganville area (contact trainer Clyde Almy at ccalmy@hotmail.com) & Alpharetta area (contact trainer Gail Newby at gnewby@bellsouth.net). 


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 

 Check with the warehouse BEFORE your church builds kits as needs change due to demand. Find instructions for UMCOR relief kits at:

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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.


Of course, it is also extremely important that a pastor and church are aware of the community needs during a disaster and engaged in appropriate ministry. Your conference disaster response teams can help your church to be in ministry to the community as we bring our expertise, trained personnel, and tools and resources to help your church help your community.  


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). 


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.

Connecting Neighbor Curriculum



Teams Needed!

There is an ongoing need for church mission teams across the southeast and the United States. For disaster response, this can range from early response teams to long term recovery, i.e. rebuilding including flooring, sheetrock, etc. There are thousands of underinsured and uninsured homeowners who need our assistance in NC, SC, GA, AL, and FL where whole communities have been devastated by hurricanes, tornadoes, and flooding over the last two years. We need every North Georgia church to send a team or be part of a team!

The current UMVIM disaster response project list including contacts is here.  

Each annual conference has a disaster response page, and those impacted by disaster run their response and are always the best contact AFTER they invite in outside ERT and conferences.