Florida churches fared hurricane well

Grace, St. Augustine, where flood waters were at the doors. When the congregation returned to the church, their power was restored, and they have no flood damage.
Update from Ministry Protection Department--October 12, 2016

As of Tuesday, October 11, the Florida Conference had 29 church claims reported, according to LaNita Battles, director of Ministry Protection.

"Our churches fared amazingly well," she said. "None of the churches appear to have damage which makes them uninhabitable. My rough estimate of damage thus far is $500,000 to $700,000."
The claims are being scheduled for inspection at this time.

Homepage photo of First UMC Winter Garden courtesy Michael Armbruster via Facebook.

Florida Conference Disaster Hotline – 855-CAT-FUMC

It is open this week, Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  1. Needing assistance with damage
  2. Needing material supplies or other resources
  3. Wanting to volunteer at the call center or elsewhere
  4. Wanting to send a volunteer work team
  5. Wanting to provide financial support
  6. Wanting to donate material goods (water, clothes, food, etc.)
  7. Wanting to offer services (i.e. doctor, nurse, pastor, etc)
  8. Wanting to report church damage
  9. Wanting to file an insurance claim for the church

Ministry Protection Post-Storm Update

The Ministry Protection Department of the Florida Annual Conference is sponsoring two post-storm conference calls on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016.  10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Each call will last about 45 minutes.
We will discuss:
  • the Florida Annual Conference’s property insurance program,
  • claim reporting procedures,
  • what you can expect from your adjuster,
  • nuggets of wisdom
Both calls will share the same information, we are just making the call available at different times to accommodate as many people as possible.

If you would like to participate, please call the number below at 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. on Monday:
Conference Room ID# 611348262

The Conference Disaster Recovery Office is ready to help your church or area: (800) 282-8011, ext. 148 or (813)545-8479. The Conference Ministry Protection Office is also available to assist: (800) 282-8011; ext. 175 for Claims Specialist Brian Donovan, ext. 126 for Insurance Specialist Ana Temple, and ext. 199 for Director LaNita Battles.

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