Disaster Response/District

Thank you the Maumee Watershed District for the amazing outpouring of love and compassion in the aftermath of devastating disasters! Each kit is a gift of grace to the survivor who receives it. Thank you for being hope that radiates from Christ's heart!

As disasters continue to make headlines, we invite you to continue remembering our neighbors in your prayers. At least 237 people have died in Mexico City from the 7.1 magnitude earthquake. Widespread destruction is visible across the city. Hurricane Maria has devastated Puerto Rico and other Carribean Islands with catastrophic flooding. May we be resilient in our generosity of love and financial resources so that those impacted will know that they are indeed beloved children of God. 

Do Something - Make Kits

We would like to thank you, thank you, thank you for all of the items that have been collected to help with the recent disasters.  Your love and support will be a blessing to many!  The flood buckets, hygiene kits and school kits have all been collected and are being taken to the distribution center to be available for those in need.  The district churches that were drop-off sites are no longer serving as collection sites for the district.

Visit the WOC Disaster Relief page for future drop off locations. If you want to continue filling buckets, follow the links for a list of items included in a cleaning bucketclick here.  Hygiene kits are also needed. For a list of items included in hygiene kits, click here.  If you are not able to make kits, you may give to the Material Resources Advance Special, #901440.  You can give through your local church, or give on line


Pray for the people and families affected by hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters. Pray for extravagant generosity so that resources will be available to assist long term recovery efforts.

Give to UMCOR

Partner with UMCOR with your financial gifts. 100% of each gift will support people recovering from disasters.

United States Disaster Response: Advance #901670

International Disaster Response Advance #982450


Teams to Texas

Volunteer teams are needed in Texas to clean out flooded homes. Significant physical labor is required. At least one team member must possess a current Early Response Team (ERT) badge.  All members must provide proof of Safe Sanctuary training and a clear background check from their local congregation.  Teams will be housed at local churches within the conference. West Ohio Conference strongly recommends Volunteers-In-Mission training for all team leaders.  Team Leaders can register their teams here, or call Kris Shoaf at 614-844-6200 for more information.

Teams to Rio Texas

The Rio Texas conference is accepting UMCOR trained and badged Early Response Teams (ERT). All members must be currently badged in order to deploy.  Register your Early Response Team

Teams to Louisiana

The Lousiana Conference has issued an invitation for Early Response Teams and Mission teams. Team requirements and registration of teams can be found here.

Teams to Florida

Florida is now inviting Early Response Teams (ERT) in response to Hurricane Irma.  For more information on the specific needs, click here or you can register your team here

Puerto Rico

The damage from Hurricane Maria was extensive across the island. UMCOR is working with the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico and other partners to organize relief and recovery efforts. The best response right now is to give to the US Disaster Response Advance. 

ERT Training

If you would like to be trained as an Early Response Team member, you are required to attend a one day training session and have a current background check.   

VIM Team Leader Training

Three VIM Team Leader trainings have been scheduled to date.

  • October 21, 2017 at Batavia Emmanuel United Methodist Church
  • February 17, 2017 at Marion Epworth United Methodist Church

Register here for one of these classes. If you have questions or encounter problems registering for any of these classes, please contact Kris Shoaf at kshoaf [at]


Please PRAY and GIVE and once clearance has been given beyond the initial work of first-responders, we will be encouraging mission teams to GO and help with clean-up efforts. Continue to watch for future communications as we live fully into our commitments to be the hands and feet of Jesus as we PRAY-GIVE AND GO in response to the devastation from Hurricane Harvey.