HURRICANE CHARLEY (August 2004) was the first of 7 major hurricanes to crisscross Florida over 14 months. It would take years to recover economically and restore homes and families.
As a result, The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church set up a storm recovery center to respond to our impacted churches and their communities. No one knew then that this “temporary response” to Charley would lead to a vital and life-changing ministry.
Disaster Recovery has responded to numerous major events since then, including:
- Groundhog Day tornadoes (2007)
- Tropical Storm Fay (2008)
- Palm Bay fires (2008)
- Tropical Storm Debbie (2012)
- Pasco County Floods (2015)
- Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew (2016)
- Hurricanes Irma and Maria (2017)
- Hurricane Michael (2018)
We’ve also responded to small disasters, as well as disasters outside our conference; every disaster is an opportunity to be God’s love amid the pain and loss.
Every disaster is an opportunity to engage more churches in ministry and share God’s love with a lost and broken world. Each disaster teaches us more about what to do, what not to do and the amazing resiliency of people when hope is restored.
Disaster Recovery Ministry will continue to offer God’s love and hope after disaster, both now and into the future, through a ministry that is stronger and better prepared than ever to continue to serve those impacted by disaster.
Conference Disaster Response Coordinator
(863) 661-4939 (cell)
Mission Training and Volunteer Coordinator
Rev. Thom Street
Ham Radio Coordinator