Disaster Recovery

Hurricane Irma Response



We need volunteers! Contact our call center at  855-CAT-FUMC (855-228-3862), or 
click here to complete the online volunteer registration form. You can contact us to report damages ,file an insurance claim, donate to the recovery effort, offer your church in assistance or for any other questions or concerns!


Residents and business owners who sustained losses in counties declared for Individual Assistance by FEMA can apply for assistance here or call (800) 621-3362 between 7AM and 10PM. 


To see if your county has been declared for Individual Assistance, or for additional information on assistance programs, available housing or county emergency management, visit www.floridadisaster.org/info/



As we continue to meet the needs of so many affected by Hurricane Irma, we are heartbroken to see the devastation in Puerto Rico where so many in our churches and communities have family, friends and colleagues.  Remember that what we see on the news regarding relief efforts is not the whole story. There are many organizations and agencies working as fast as possible to get much needed supplies into Puerto Rico. The widespread devastation to infrastructure  and the lack of power and communication present even greater challenges to the relief effort. The relief phase – meeting urgent needs for food, water and shelter – will be going on for some time – perhaps months. The best way we can help is to pray and make sure that our desire to help doesn’t interfere with the experience and expertise of the trained responders. While waiting to learn more about how you can help and praying for both the survivors and the responders, please know that the Florida Conference is working to create opportunities to provide assistance. Just as in Harvey and Irma, there will be many, many needs for months and years to come. But it also takes time to put the right processes in place so that we can meet needs in ways that truly help. Please pray that God will show us how to be part of His provision, in His time.


Financial donations can be made to UMCOR where 100% of every dollar donated will go to help those in Puerto Rico.

Disaster Recovery Ministry

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 is June 1 - November 30th. 

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.



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