Responding to Flooding in Louisiana: Request for ERT Teams


(Updated Aug. 30)

Please join us in praying for those affected by the flooding in Louisiana. UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is working with the Louisiana Conference to respond.

The Louisiana Conference has extended an invitation for ERT teams to work in the areas effected by recent floods. For details and to register as an individual or team visit:

There is great need for UMCOR Cleaning Kits ("Flood Buckets"). Find instructions for assembling kits at

Ebenezer UMC in Conyers has agreed to be a drop-off location for completed buckets. Please contact Rev. Chris Branscomb at to make arrangements. There is also space for collecting kits in North Georgia's disaster warehouse in Decatur.

Arrangements can be made to pick up the buckets from your church if transportation cannot be arranged.

Contact Jim Higgins for information at for more information or contact your district office to coordinate with other churches in your area.

Financial contributions to UMCOR may be made through your local United Methodist Church. As always, 100 percent of designated funds go to those in need. Use NGUMC Fund #4390 for UMCOR US Disaster Response. 

Deployment Procedure

Disaster Response Teams working through The United Methodist Church are known for being the first to arrive and 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).