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Disaster Response

Update on disaster recovery efforts in districts

Aug. 25, 2020 — In a recent meeting of the Virginia Conference Disaster Response Committee, an update was provided about the Staunton flood damage and property damage to homes in the region of Lancaster County, Westmoreland County, and other areas in the Upper and Lower Northern Neck after the severe flooding on August 8.
The primary early response ministry in Staunton continues to involve assessment of residential property damage and assisting homeowners in cleaning up the flood damage. Early response assistance in the Upper Northern Neck area also involves ongoing assessment working with local authorities and other early response organizations. Early reports of the Upper Northern Neck damage indicate significant damage to residential homes that will require both the short-term earlier response and long-term recovery assistance.

ERT Training Opportunities

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Early Response Team (ERT) certification training.
Early Response Teams respond during the first phase of disaster relief, providing Christian presence. Your church and community could also be faced with a disaster. Train to be ready to respond and know the first steps to help. Registration fee is $55, which includes training manual. UMCOR ERT badge, T-shirt and background check fee (forms will be handed out at training). Checks should be made out to the Virginia Conference and brought the day of training.  


You must have taken Early Response Team (ERT) 200 Team Leader to serve as an ERT Leader in addition to the Basic Class. The class is 2 to 3 hours in length and qualifies for recertification of your ERT credentials.

No trainings are scheduled at this time. 

For more information contact Kirk Culpepper at

Virginia Conference Disaster Response Plan

Click here to download the pdf. For more information contact the Rev. Bob Pihlcrantz at or (757) 408-6653. Bob is the Virginia Conference Disaster Response Coordinator.

Click here to download a brochure “Before Disaster Happens.” (pdf)

UMCOR Disaster Ministry Overview

A “Disaster Ready Congregations” Curriculum of the United Methodist Church (PowerPoint)
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Connecting Neighbors program for Disaster Response includes notes for each slide which makes it possible to be “just in time training” for any disasters.

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