Disaster Preparedness and Response

United Methodist churches understand, in a foundational way, that our mission is to be the transformation the world needs. Our calling leads us to enter into disaster preparedness and response as followers of Christ who earnestly seek to live our faith in ways that can transform communities and the lives of those who are our neighbors. We must continually strive to become better than we are. That’s done by building competent local strength; by attracting, training and managing our volunteers better; by preparing our families, churches and communities to be better prepared for disaster; by being true to our collective mission.

Your Involvement in Disaster Preparedness and Response

There are many ways that you and your church can be involved in this dynamic ministry. This web page was designed to allow you to access information on all things disaster related.  From basic information on disasters and UMCOR to training calendars, downloads of forms as well as detailed overviews of the disaster preparedness and response programs that are offered through the Rocky Mountain Conference.  These programs include:

  • Connecting Neighbors – This is a disaster preparedness program focused on the church, helping individual congregants and your church make plans so that they and their community are ready for the next disaster.
  • Early Response Teams (ERT) – ERT’s fill a specific need in the early days after a disaster to clean out flood-damaged homes, place tarps on homes, and otherwise help to prevent further damage, while providing a caring Christian presence. 
  • Disaster Spiritual Care (DSC) – This program is designed to meet the need for trained and credentialed persons to provide spiritual care services to survivors of disasters. 
  • Long Term Recovery – After a disaster strikes, the recovery process is usually much longer than all parties realize.  The United Methodist Church and UMCOR can provide expertise and resources to help a community during this process.           

Click on the links on the right to learn more about Disaster Preparedness and Response.


2017 Western Jurisdiction Disaster Response Academy

The bi-annual Western Jurisdiction Disaster Response Academy will be held in sunny Ontario, California in 2017.  Get Ready for a fun and informative learning opportunities led by the staff from UMCOR and others, stories shared from across the Jurisdiction and the ERT, Recovery and Shower Trailer for disaster response on view.  All are invited to this wonderful event!

Registration Fee: $290 in 2016/ $340 in 2017

Lodging - $109/night + tax (includes Ontario Airport shuttle)

Contact: Judy Lewis Cal-Pac Disaster Coordinator

dflklewis@aol.com/909 731 8248


Click the link below for more information!

WJDA Brochure