Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Disaster Recovery Ministry?
The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church established a Disaster Recovery Ministry immediately following Hurricane Charley to assist disaster survivors. This center, located in the conference center in Lakeland, Florida, is the hub for assigning volunteer help and resources to areas affected by the storm.
What does Disaster Recovery do during the relief effort?
The Disaster Recovery Ministry of the conference is one of many volunteer organizations active in disaster. During relief, we are in daily communication with these organizations to assess damage, identify needs and assign resources where they are needed most.
Who identifies needs?
Needs are identified by District Disaster Coordinators, Case Managers and local churches. District Disaster Coordinators and district teams work to identify individuals and communities that need help in a disaster. Local churches identify vulnerable populations within their congregation and community that have been affected by disaster.
My church wants to help. What should we do?
Contact Disaster Recovery at 1-800-282-8011, and they will tell you what help is needed. They will work with you to see where, and how, your church can help.
What insurance is available for the volunteers on my team?
Accident insurance is provided at no cost to volunteers working in disaster response in the Florida Conference. It is important for those volunteers to be registered with Disaster Recovery so the work assignment can be recorded and documented in the event a claim needs to be filed.
Teams traveling outside the Florida Conference to work in disaster are advised to contact the UM Conference of their destination, for information regarding the availability of insurance coverage.
What training is available through the conference?
Disaster Recovery Ministry provides several types of training and other support for local churches including:
Basic Disaster Ministry Training
Early Response Team
Local Church Planning
Spiritual and Emotional Care
How does the Disaster Recovery Ministry work in recovery?
Disaster Recovery works cooperatively with local long-term recovery organizations by:
· Providing case management, training and supervision in areas where our help is needed and requested;
· Receiving and coordinating volunteer work team assignments;
· Assisting with procurement of materials, funding, and technical supervision if needed;
· Scheduling training and workshops;
· Working cooperatively and collaboratively with other agencies and organizations in long-term recovery.
We are often at work in recovery months and years after a disaster, staying until the work of recovery is complete.