Churches Dealing with Disaster

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When disaster strikes, United Methodists respond with prayers and support.

Find out how you can be a part of relief efforts. Follow news coverage or the United Methodist News Service page on Facebook.

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Learn from the stories of United Methodists congregations that have faced hardship, healing and hope after disasters.

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Disaster preparedness and response

Storms and flood

Part I of this series shares how the United Methodist Committee on Relief responds to disasters. The next four segments tell the stories of three churches — in Alabama, Indiana and North Dakota — that are recovering from tornadoes and floods.

Fires

During 2012 and early 2013, fire destroyed or damaged more than a dozen United Methodist church properties across the United States. This special news series reported on the damage from those fires, the response to the affected congregations and what churches can do to protect themselves.

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Disaster Relief
Family photos show a four-generation Alaskan fish camp before it was destroyed by typhoon. Photos courtesy of the Rev. Bertha Koweluk, Greater Northwest Conference.

Responding to wreckage of Alaskan typhoon

The typhoon that hit more than 1,000 miles of Alaska coastline in late September didn’t just damage buildings but disrupted generational ways of living for years to come. The fish camps that provide people sustenance are mostly gone.
Disaster Relief
Ced Franklin is assisted by sheriff’s officers before being evacuated after Hurricane Ian caused widespread destruction in Matlacha, Florida, on Oct. 2. United Methodists in the region are assessing damage and responding to the needs of survivors in the wake of the deadly storm. At least 150 United Methodist churches have been damaged to varying extents, according to the Florida Conference’s disaster response coordinator. Photo by Marco Bello, REUTERS.

Hurricane recovery begins in Florida

United Methodists plan to lead the way to recovery after Hurricane Ian unleashed substantial damage in Florida and South Carolina. But volunteers are being asked to stay put until things get more organized.
A woman pushes her daughter in a stroller past the monastery for the Church of the Assumption in Cornești, Romania. The United Methodist Church in Romania is providing support for refugees from the war in Ukraine who are staying at the monastery. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Video: Romanian church’s hotel ministry houses Ukrainian refugees

A hotel and ministry center run by The United Methodist Church in Romania hosts numerous programs to help Ukrainian refugees, as well as the rest of the community.