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UMCOR and UMVIM Disaster Response

Disaster areas that receive volunteer teams for a long term recovery require sufficient time to assess damage and coordinate a response. Potential teams must be patient in the early stages of disaster, as the only persons allowed into such areas are Emergency Management Agency and certified personnel and law enforcement officials. 

The first contact point for volunteers after a disaster is the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Volunteer Hotline, 1-800-918-3100. Your name will be registered to receive information on volunteering at a site. You will be contacted as the area is able to receive volunteers.

PLAN A TEAM - Assistance in preparing a team for service in long term disaster recovery is available from your jurisdictional and annual conference UMVIM Coordinators and annual conference Disaster Response Coordinator. To find your jurisdictional and annual conference UMVIM Coordinator, here is a link for UMVIM coordinators by jurisdiction and conference. They can also connect you with the Disaster Response network within your annual conference.

For the latest information from UMCOR, please go to the UMCOR webpage.

Disaster scene

For the latest in UMVIM disaster response information for your jurisdiction, please go to the UMVIM Jurisdictional Map and click on your jurisdiction. 

If you plan to take an UMVIM team or go yourself, please do not go before contacting the Disaster Response or Storm Recovery Center. They are coordinating all response efforts and will direct you appropriately. Early Response Training is needed ! See your Jurisdictional UMVIM website for upcoming training sessions.

ALABAMA-WEST FLORIDA CONFERENCE
Ron Baughman, Director of Volunteers
Tel - Office (251) 340-1985; Cell (251) 591-4443
E-mail: rbaughman@awfumc.org 

Disaster Recovery Ministry
6333 Piccadilly Square Drive
Mobile, AL 36609
Website: http://www.awfumc.org

FLORIDA CONFERENCE
Lin Arnold-Skrovanek, Storm Center Manager
Tel 800-282-8011 Ext 198
Fax 863-688-7233
E-mail: larnold-skrovanek@flumc.org

Firefighters

Louisiana UM Disaster Recovery Ministry
141 North 6th Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Office (225) 346-5193
Fax (225) 346-6974
Website: http://www.laumcstormrelief.com
E-mail: laumdisastermin@bellsouth.net
Rev. Yvonne Dayries, Manager of Volunteers
E-mail: ydayries@bellsouth.net

Merci Center, North Carolina
Phil Platter, Early Response Coordinator
Tel 888-440-9167 

Mississippi Conference
Beth Dean, Volunteer Teams Coordinator
Tel (866) 435-7091 or 7092 or 7093
E-mail: disastercenter@meridianumc.org 

Missouri: Tornado Disaster Response - Volunteers needed to help with cleanup and repairs
Office of Creative Ministries, Tel (573) 474-7155
Donations to UMCOR Advance #901670, Domestic Disaster Response

Texas Conference - Rita Recovery
Website: http://www.umcortexas.com
E-mail: volunteers@umcortexas.com
Tel (409) 892-0140

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