UMCOR and UMVIM Disaster Response

Disaster areas that receive volunteer teams for a long term recovery require sufficient time to assess damage and coordinate a response. Potential teams must be patient in the early stages of disaster, as the only persons allowed into such areas are Emergency Management Agency and certified personnel and law enforcement officials.

The first contact point for volunteers after a disaster is the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Volunteer Hotline, 1-800-918-3100. Your name will be registered to receive information on volunteering at a site. You will be contacted as the area is able to receive volunteers.

PLAN A TEAM - Assistance in preparing a team for service in long term disaster recovery is available from your annual conference UMVIM Coordinator and your conference Disaster Coordinator. To find yours, here is a link for UMVIM coordinators by conference. They can also connect you with the Disaster Response network within your annual conference:

For the latest information from UMCOR, please go to the UMCOR webpage.

For the latest in UMVIM disaster response information for your jurisdiction, please go to the UMVIM Jurisdictional Map and click on your jurisdiction.

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UMC Hurricane Disaster and Storm Response Centers

If you plan to take an UMVIM team or go yourself, please do not go before contacting the Disaster Response or Storm Recovery Center. They are coordinating all response efforts and will direct you appropriately.

Early Response Training is needed !   See your Jurisdictional UMVIM website for upcoming training sessions.

Alabama-West Florida Conference
Ron Baughman, Volunteer Teams Coordinator

Florida Conference  
Lin Arnold-Skrovanek, Storm Center Manager

Tel 800-282-8011  Ext 198
Fax 863-688-7233
Louisiana Conference
Storm Station Contact Information
The following list includes names and contact numbers for personnel in the Louisiana United Methodist Storm Recovery Center, as well as contact information for the various relief/recovery stations that are being set up throughout the areas affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Most of these numbers are fully operational. Some are being installed as the Louisiana Now! goes to press. If you experience any difficulty using a phone number or email address, contact the Storm Center in Baton Rouge at (225) 346-5193.

Louisiana United Methodist Storm Recovery Center
527 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Office (225) 346-5193; Fax (225) 346-6974; E-mail:
Rev. Darryl Tate, Director; Rev. Connie Thomas, Volunteer Coordinator; Debbie Tullos, Patsy Lyon and Rev. Yvonne Dayries, Administrative Assistants; Nancy Youngblood and Kathy Masey, Partnering

Slidell UM Storm Relief/Recovery Station
Aldersgate UMC, 360 Roberts Blvd., Slidell, LA 70458
Office (985) 781-7990; Fax (985) 645-9074; E-mail:
Jim Bailey, Director; Pat McQueen, Administrative Assistant; William Theile, Case Management Director

West Bank UM Storm Relief/Recovery Station
Aurora UMC, 3300 Eton St., New Orleans, LA 70131
Office (504) 394-5483; Fax (504) 433-5001; E-mail:
Jake McGlothin, Director; Kathy Powers, Administrative Assistant

Lake Charles UM Storm Relief/Recovery Station
University UMC, 502 Patrick St., Lake Charles, LA 70605
Office (337) 477-2003; Fax (337) 439-2969; E-mail:
Rev. Mike McLaurin, Contact Person

Abbeville UM Storm Relief/Recovery Station
Abbeville UMC, 213 N. State St., Abbeville, LA 70510
Office (337) 254-6238; Fax (337) 893-5216; E-mail:
Rev. John Vining, Contact Person; Ginny Alexander, Administrative Assistant; Deborah Vining, Case Management Director; Elbert Dawson, Construction Director

East Bank UM Storm Relief/Recovery Station
St. Matthew’s UMC, 6017 Camphor St., Metairie, LA 70003
Office (504) 888-7747; Fax (504) 888-7754; E-mail:
Rev. Jack O’Dell, Contact Person

Uptown UM Storm Relief/Recovery Station
First Street UMC, 2309 Dryades St., New Orleans, LA 70113
Office (504) 895-2922; E-mail:
Rev. Lance Eden, Contact Person
Merci Center, NC
Phil Platter, Early Response Coordinator
Mississippi Conference
Chris Bowers, Volunteer Teams Coordinator
866-435-7091 or 7092 or 7093
Texas Conference
Katie Beran, Volunteer Teams Coordinator
Joe Beran


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