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. 



There is no doubt that Florida "dodged a bullet" with Matthew when we consider how bad things could have been. Nevertheless, we have many areas in need of assistance with tree removal and debris clean up. If you and/or other members of your church are interested in helping please complete the volunteer form below to register your availability and someone will get back with you as soon as possible.

As you know, many counties have been affected. Assessing where teams are needed so that we can effectively coordinate with all of the organizations providing assistance can be a challenge. But it's also a wonderful thing to see the outpouring from so many who want to help.

It may take as much as a week to get back to you. Thank you in advance for your grace and patience - and most of all thank you for your desire to help others in the name of Jesus.

For individual registrations, click here.

For group registrations, click here.



Contact Jim Watson if you are available to serve - even if your badge is expired:

jwatso02@embarqmail.com or 440-537-2215

DISASTER SPIRITUAL CARE PROVIDERS (formerly Spiritual Response Teams)

Contact Bill knight if you are available to serve: wknight33873@aim.com or 863-258-9330



Please DO NOT begin collecting any material resources (water, clothes, etc.) until we know what - if anything - is needed!There are many supplies prepositioned around the state by voluntary and government agencies. 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. You can donate online here:


You can also send your donations to the Conference Office with the following Advance numbers in the memo line:

901670 - UMCOR Domestic Disaster Relief

982450 - UMCOR International Disaster Relief

Both of these Advances will be used to assist recovery from Hurricane Matthew either here in the United States or in Haiti, Cuba and the rest of the Caribbean. UMCOR no longer does disaster specific Advance numbers in order to be more flexible with the donations that they receive. This enables them to allocate resources wherever there is a greater need rather than specifically to one area. 


To get messages and updates from the State of Florida Department of Emergency Management,

Text FLPREPARE to 888-777

National Hurricane Center

Florida Residents: Beware of Fraud, Scams and Price Gouging (FEMA)
Florida Conference – Ministry Protection
Florida Conference – Disaster Recovery
Comprehensive pre-storm preparation booklet
Hurricane preparedness quick checklist
Hurricane Response and claim information

855-CAT-FUMC (855-228-3862)
If we have damage from the storm, those claims will be handled by a professional adjusting company that specializes in catastrophe claims.  Claims will be prioritized by the catastrophe response unit based upon the extent of damage and an adjuster will be dispatched to your location as soon as possible.
If your church is damaged by the storm, please take all necessary measures to mitigate further damage to your facility.  Please note that you do not have to wait for the field adjuster to arrive at your location to dry out your facility or to make temporary repairs.  Keep all receipts for any temporary repairs and photograph or video all damage and have this documentation available for the adjuster.
If there are needs in your community after the storm, please call the hotline: 855-CAT-FUMC (855-228-3862). Florida Conference Disaster Recovery has trained volunteers who can assist with clean up, tarping, debris removal, etc.
Thank you and please contact Ministry Protection (800-282-8011, x.126)  or Disaster Recovery (800-282-8011, x.148 or 813-545-8479)  at the Conference Center if you have questions or need further information.


When you give to Advance Special #112010 all of the money remains here in the Florida Conference to assist those affected by disaster. Please consider partnering with us. Checks can be made out to the Florida Conference, noted for Advance Special #112010, and placed directly in the offering plate or mailed to the Florida Conference Disaster Recovery Ministry, 450 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33815.

We also have immediate need for teams that can help muck out homes. If you can help, please contact pgarrison@flumc.org
Early response team training is not required; however, we need at least 2-3 trained people per team to assist/oversee and generally provide on-the-job training for the team.

As communities transition to recovery, we will post needs here and send an email to the Disaster Recovery database.


Louisiana will need assistance with recovery for a long time. To register a team or learn more about what the United Methodist Church is doing to help, please visit the Louisiana Conference web site at www.la-umc.org.



Teams are still needed in west Pasco County to complete the recovery from flooding in the summer of 2015. Our goal is to complete that recovery by the end of October and we're almost there -- but we need your team to help!  Your team can come for a day, a weekend or a week -- whatever time you have to give. Work includes installing drywall, baseboards, flooring, painting, etc.

If you can help, please contact Laura Ice (laura.ice@flumc.org - 727-514-3133) or Josh Hipp (josh.hipp1@gmail.com - (330)473-5644).

And yes - Pasco experienced flooding again from Hurricane Hermine. It remains to be seen whether there will be a need to continue recovery work there as a result. Stay tuned!


United Methodists continue working with other agencies and organizations helping those affected by disasters  throughout the Southeastern United States. To learn more, please click the links below.

To assist in the Alabama-West Florida Recovery effort, please contact Lynn Dobry, Recovery Coordinator, at (850) 736-3306.


Louisiana - In response to an unprecedented flooding event this past spring that affected much of North and Central Louisiana, the Louisiana Conference is now ready to receive teams from across the state and throughout the country that are prepared to give hope to those still counting their losses. Please note, this is not for the most recent flooding in the Baton Rouge Area.


South Carolina



West Virginia



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 Luther King, Jr. Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33815

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