Churches Dealing with Disaster

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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Donna Barnett and daughter Jessica Garrett are hugged and given a prayer by Lindsey Holloway and Melody Montgomery Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Cookeville, Tenn., after a tornado touched down earlier in the week. © Shelley Mays/The Tennessean – USA TODAY Network via Imagn Content Services, LLC.

Retired pastor’s home lost to tornado

United Methodists in and around Cookeville, Tennessee, among those suffering from March 3 tornadoes.
Disaster Relief
Volunteer Sumant Joshi clears tornado debris in front of East End United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Tennessee tornadoes take lives, damage churches

At least 24 deaths were reported after tornadoes swept through Nashville and other parts of the state and the storms heavily damaged at least three United Methodist churches.
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Evacuees in Mataas Na Kahoy in the province of Batangas, Philippines, receive relief goods from the Philippines Central Conference’s Asuncion Perez Memorial Center. United Methodists are among the many people responding to the thousands displaced by the Taal volcano eruption Jan. 12 on Luzon Island. Photo courtesy of Liza A. Cortez.

United Methodists in Philippines help volcano evacuees

Churches offer hot meals, other relief to thousands of evacuees as fears of a bigger eruption mount.