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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Shiku Kajalukapushes carries relief items received from the Malawi United Methodist Church on his bicycle. With him are his wife and baby. Photo by Francis Nkhoma, UM News.

Relief distribution in Malawi

The church in Malawi hopes to provide additional relief to cyclone survivors.
Disaster Relief
Members of McKinley United Methodist Church work with Dayton Young Black Professionals to clean-up from recent tornado damage in Dayton, Ohio. Photo by the Rev. Peter Edward Matthews.

Ramping up response to US spring disasters

From the local to conference level, floods and tornadoes have kept United Methodists busy in a record-setting season.
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From left, United Methodist Committee on Relief volunteer Helen Quirocho, Magnolia Becker and UMCOR’s Judy Lewis sift through wildfire wreckage in what is left of Becker’s home in the Truncas canyon of Malibu, California, on April 6, 2019. Photo by Doug Lewis.

Fire season advances as California rebuilds

United Methodists continue to help with recovery efforts in the state that faces an ever-expanding wildfire season.