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. 

Tornadoes in Mississippi and Georgia

Our hearts grieve for those who have been affected by the severe weather that has pummeled our nation over the last few days - especially our neighbors in Mississippi and south Georgia.

Please do not self-deploy into the affected areas.  First responders are still doing their work and we do not want to do anything that would interrupt or interfere with their response.

It's very important that we give the local communities time to assess damage and determine if there are ways volunteers from outside the area can be of assistance.

Disaster Recovery is in touch with the South Georgia Conference and they know that we stand ready to assist them, if and when we are needed. We will post updates here and on our facebook page as more information becomes available.

As much as we want to help, our best offering right now is prayer.


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.


Disaster Recovery is working to set up long term recovery  with other agencies, organizations and communities in those areas affected early last fall by Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew.

While many may have already forgotten these storms, there are still thousands of people in need of assistance with home repairs and other storm-related needs.  

Recovery is many of these areas is going to take years and volunteer teams will be an essential part of this effort. 

In light of the most recent disasters, please prayerfully consider how your church can help after disaster:

  • Think about  hosting or taking a training to learn more and begin planning -- before the next disaster! 
  • Do you have teams who could do short-term mission trips (a weekend, a week or more)  to assist with rebuilding in the hurricane-affected areas of Florida?
  • Could your church help raise funds so that churches can continue to serve disaster survivors until recovery is complete?

Thank you for being the church and sharing the Gospel by reaching out to help those impacted by disaster.


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.



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.




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