Disaster Response News

Cleaning supplies, volunteer help needed

published 9/16/2016
Recent flooding, fires, and storms in numerous U.S. annual conferences have nearly depleted the supply of clean-up kits (aka flood buckets) available through UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee on ...

Bible survives Davis sanctuary collapse

published 5/20/2016
by chris schutz Stepping carefully across the rubble and broken stained glass left by a destructive storm, a helper emerged with precious cargo and handed it to Sue Harshaw — her Bible. She had ...

Case managers seek out ‘most fragile’ after disaster

published 5/20/2016
by chris schutz In the chaos that follows a fire, flood, tornado, or other disaster, it’s sometimes difficult to figure out who most needs help and how best to deliver it, said Christy Tate Smith, a ...

OK grateful to volunteers still coming from outside state

published 4/8/2016
Three groups of volunteer disaster workers from outside Oklahoma were treated to grilled hot dog and burger lunches March 15 and 16 by the Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation, as one way to thank ...

Storm story -- Snapshot of a bigger picture

published 4/8/2016
To better understand The United Methodist Church’s promise to help disaster victims, look at how money from one grant was spent after the devastating May 2013 tornadoes in Oklahoma. These numbers ...

Missouri volunteers answer prayers

published 2/26/2016
Down in Canyon Camp, chainsaws roared as 22 United Methodist volunteers from Missouri cleared hundreds of broken trees during a week in January. "They’re an answer to prayer," said Canyon’s manager,...

Call for disaster help in Tulsa

published 1/15/2016
The Andrews family is among those in west Tulsa who lost homes in tornadoes last year. Living with the couple in their mobile home were the elementary-age daughter, a nephew, and grandmother.   The ...

UMCOR grants: $1 million to help victims of flooding

published 11/20/2015
By HOLLY McCRAY Now well into their senior years, the couple always has lived in the modest frame house in southern Oklahoma. They had been so proud to pay off the mortgage. Yet in retirement, their ...

Parsonage houses volunteers far from home

published 7/13/2015
By CHRIS SCHUTZ An unused parsonage in Newcastle provided housing for two weeks for disaster response workers from Michigan after a May 6 tornado damaged property in the area, especially in Bridge ...

Disaster Response

published 4/17/2015
Trish Harris, left, pastor of Noble UMC, helps a Moore homeowner fill out paperwork requesting volunteer aid after tornadoes in the state on March 25.  Most home damage occurred in Moore and in two ...

Disaster response cases drop to fewer than 500 families

published 3/6/2015
Ministry to May 2013 tornado survivors Workload is reduced, but the Church’s disaster response continues after the deadly May 2013 storms in the state’s central region. United Methodists vow to serve...

NOMADS travel to help central Oklahoma recover

published 6/6/2014
At the Newalla home of David and Tamara Boydston, NOMADS Jeannie Hansen of Florida and Barbara Sullivan of Mangum paint trim boards; below: David Sullivan of Mangum and Dan Brown of Arkansas ...

One year later … Mission director assesses UM aid as 2013 tornado recovery continues

published 6/6/2014
This aerial view shows a tornado-damaged Moore neighborhood on May 31, 2013.Welcome changes are visible there today, with new and repaired homes going up. UMNS photo by Mike DuBose 3,258 families ...

Disaster consultant joins OCC staff

published 1/24/2014
The Oklahoma Conference of Churches (OCC) has named Mary Hughes Gaudreau of Guthrie as new director of emotional and spiritual care. The post was established through a grant from United Way of Central...

South Central Jurisdiction -- Mission interpreter ready to share stories

published 1/24/2014
A member of the Southwest Texas Conference, Becky Harrell now serves as mission interpreter for the South Central Jurisdiction (SCJ), which includes the churches in Oklahoma. She is available to share...

4,000-plus volunteers deploy to help after tornadoes

published 12/13/2013
A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose Volunteering through Moore-First UMC, Sharon Johnson cleans tornado debris at a home in late May. Numbers track just how extensive is the disaster recovery work...

2 MORE DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS

published 11/1/2013
Ceremonies in mid-October officially open case-management centers in Shawnee and El Reno for the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project, a collaboration by five major nonprofits, including The ...

5 nonprofits unite in disaster response

published 10/11/2013
Photo by Holly McCray Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis wields oversized scissors to cut the ribbon Sept. 18 and officially open the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project case management center in his ...

Love letters - 2013 May Tornado Relief

published 9/20/2013
Oklahoma Conference staff members find words that bless, such as these, as they continue to open envelopes that deliver money gifts for the special fund “2013 May Tornado Relief.” As of Sept. 12, the...

UMCOR grants $100,000 for wildfire recovery

published 1/4/2013
By Holly McCray The denomination’s emergency relief agency awarded a $100,000 grant in December to help Oklahomans recover from disastrous summer wildfires. The money from UMCOR, the United ...