Disaster Recovery

Resourcing and equipping local United Methodist Churches and district offices 
as they assist their communities and individuals to 

prepare, respond and recover from disaster.  

Hurricane Season 2017

Hurricane season is June 1 - November 30th. While the worst of the storms typically happen in August and September, disaster can happen any time. PLEASE DON'T WAIT - PREPARE NOW!

CLICK HERE to visit your county web site for resources and information. Explore the links found on the left or CLICK HERE to learn more.


Hermine and Matthew: Hurricane Recovery Continues


Please Help!

FOR MOST OF US, Hurricane Hermine* and Hurricane Matthew** are a distant memory - if we think about or remember them at all. But hundreds of households on the east and west coasts of Florida are still struggling to repair their homes. They have little or no resources and many have lost hope of ever living in a safe and secure home again - without damage, without mold. And the 2017 hurricane season is upon us.


Volunteer wor/k teams are needed to assist with home repairs. It might be new flooring, replacing drywall, minor roof repairs or even replacing roofs. Can't work but want to help? Please consider doing a fund raiser to help purchase supplies and materials for the work. Provide financial support for a team from your church or another church coming to help. Pray. Pray that God will bring the teams, the materials, and most of all the hope that comes from neighbors helping neighbors. Who knows? You may be the one who shows them Jesus.

To learn more please contact one of our local UMC Project Coordinators:

     Hurricane Hermine Recovery:                                        Hurricane Matthew Recovery:

     Laura Ice                                                                           Tom Heineken
     (352) 942-9225                                                                 (904) 671-4549
     laura.ice@flumc.org                                                          theineken@flumc.org

To sign up to volunteer or send a team, please register below:










*Hurricane Hermine was a Category 1 that went up the west coast of Florida 8/31/16 - 9/11/16. We were on the worst side of the storm experiencing damaging winds and high tide surge. Hermine eventually made landfall at the Big Bend area and did considerable damage to Tallahassee with downed trees and some places without electricity for 2 weeks.
**Hurricane Matthew came up the east coast of Florida one month later (9/28/16 - 10/10/16) as a Category 4. Thankfully, it wobbles slightly east on its path so Florida did not experience a direct hit; however, Matthew did severe damage in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina before making landfall in North Carolina.



Please DO NOT begin collecting any material resources (water, clothes, etc.) until we know what - if anything - is needed! If and when we have a specific request for material resources, we will advise here and on our Facebook pages (Disaster Recovery Ministry-Florida Conference and Missional Engagement).

Money is always a helpful donation. It can be used to buy  exactly what is needed -- and often in the local community contributing to the economic health and recovery of the community after the disaster. Your gifts can be given to the Conference Disaster Recovery Ministry or to UMCOR:



You can also send your donations to the Conference Office with the appropriate notation in the memo line



To learn more about a specific training, click below.

Disaster 101: Basic Disaster Ministry Training

Early Response Team Training

Spiritual Response Team Training

Mission opportunities in Pahokee, FL

Ministry Protection

Conference Disaster Plan

For Assistance with church property and casualty insurance click here


VISIT UMCOR www.umcor.org for the latest on all disaster response and recovery as well as humanitarian assistance being provided around the world by the people called United Methodist.  While there, consider signing up for the UMCOR Hotline. You will receive weekly updates on UMCOR's work around the world assisting those in need.

As always, your generous gifts to UMCOR Domestic Disaster Response are greatly needed and deeply appreciated. Domestic Disaster Response Advance #901670 100% of donations to UMCOR go to assist those affected by the disaster.  Gifts can be included with your apportionment payments, mailed to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087 or online at www.umcor.org.



UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief)

UMVIM (United Methodist Volunteers in Mission)

Contact Us

The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church

450 Martin L King Jr Ave
Lakeland, FL 33815

(863) 688-5563 or toll free (800) 282-8011