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Disaster Response Teams Active in Mission

By Rev. Tom Mattick With fires, floods, and disasters amid the COVID pandemic, the Desert Southwest Conference Early Response Teams are actively engaged in relief efforts. In June, as many as 14 persons went to Globe, AZ to assist the Salvation Army and other agencies...

ERT readiness for Hurricane Ida

By Rev. Tom Mattick You have likely watched as Hurricane Ida made landfall yesterday and in its wake left catastrophic damage. This morning, I sent an email to Bob Deich, the Louisiana Coordinator of Disaster Response assuring him of our prayers as he assesses the...

It’s fire and flood season – here’s what your church do to help

2020 and 2021 have seen perhaps the greatest number, intensity, area, destruction, and property damage of any fires in known history – not only in the U.S. but around the world. Firefighters, state and federal agencies, and disaster networks in Northern California,...

Responding to Disasters

The Desert Southwest Early Response Team (ERT) has responded to disasters outside and within the bounds of the annual conference. The next training event is August 11 in Prescott, Arizona.

Fire Relief Buckets and ERT Ash Sifters are needed

By Tom Mattick, Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, and Polly Turner, ERT Trainer With the fires in the town of Bagdad, we are reminded of the fire risks associated with the drought and the devastation they can cause to properties and structures in their path....

Begin with Prayer

Please continue to pray for those whose lives have been impacted by recent disasters. Please also pray for the Early Response Teams, disaster coordinators, and many volunteers.

Share Opportunities to Respond

Use the new Power Point Presentation in worship or to create social media graphics to let your community know what they can do to support the disaster relief efforts.

Share the NEW Bulletin Insert

Advance #901670: UMCOR United States Disaster Response

UMCOR is working with disaster coordinators and ERTs to provide relief in areas impacted by epidemics, devastated by storms, ongoing recovery from floods, and wildfires. Check out the options for extending the love of Jesus below or contact Tom Mattick by clicking here.

ERT Supplies & Scholarships

Help replenish the Desert Southwest Conference Disaster Response trailer and fund volunteers scholarships to travel to the affected areas. To contribute by mail, send your check payable to the Desert Southwest Conference, 1550 E Meadowbrook Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85014, and indicate “floods” in the memo line.

NOW: Get Trained as an Early Response Team (ERT) & Volunteer

UM Volunteers In Mission

Advance #982450: UMCOR international relief fund

Unite with Hope

UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief) is grateful for your relentless prayers and support.

Need some help putting together your clean up kit for UMCOR?  Here are some links.  We ask that local churches ship these kits directly to UMCOR or UMCOR West using the labels below.  We know that the cost for shipping kits is significant please plan for this as you undertake a kit project.

Clean Up Bucket Supply List

See the UMCOR list of supplies that need to be included in the cleaning buckets.

Sager Brown Shipping Label

Download the shipping label that needs to be used to ship buckets to the Sager Brown Depot Louisiana

UMCOR West Depot

Please use this label to ship buckets to the UMCOR West Depot in Salt Lake City.

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