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 

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THANK YOU to all the churches in response locally to community support during the COVID 19 pandemic! We are grateful to all the churches who have previously sent cleaning buckets to the North GA warehouse as we've pulled those N95 masks and put them in the hands of GEMA & local hospitals. 

We need 200-300 churches active in long term recovery in the southeast. Join the #SheetrockArmy! Details here


COVID 19 Resources:

CDC offers the following general considerations to help communities of faith discern how best to practice their beliefs while keeping their staff and congregations safe.  Millions of Americans embrace worship ... MORE

Guidance for Early Response Teams during COVID-19

UMCOR USDR understands that early response team members who are not infected with the COVID-19 virus or may
have already recovered from the virus want to help. Every state and territory is now under a federal disaster declaration;
most states have shelter in place and social distancing guidelines. These general guidelines for early response teams are designed so you can effectively help volunteers through this crisis ... MORE

What you should know about COVID-19 to
protect yourself and others


CDC Interim Guidance for General Population Disaster Shelters During the COVID-19 Pandemic


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 and Renewal Class

Winter Quarter is our big training time! We'll offer classes throughout North GA at strategic locations as we deploy our 8 trainers to help 800 churches be disaster ready. Look for more details soon or offer up your church as a host site as regional gathering spot for training & disaster response deployment.

ERT classes typically run 8:30am-4:30pm & it's all in-class experience. Wear comfortable clothes. The trainer will make contact prior to class by email with any updates. 

NOTE: Upcoming ERT Classes have been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.



Check out these great classes!


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 Dr. Stephen Redmond at 678-428-7997.

We are grateful for the support of North GA churches in the warehouse ministry! In 2019 we had 213 volunteers from 23 churches representing 10 districts work over 1000 hours!

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:



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. 


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.