Disaster Response Ministries

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The Tennessee Conference Disaster Response Ministry provides leadership for disaster readiness, relief and recovery by offering training, resources and ‘people power’ to assist local churches in their own disaster response ministry.

Our teams work out of each conference district under the direction of the Disaster Response Coordinator (DRC) for the Nashville Episcopal Area, Robert Craig. He can be reached at DisasterResponse@tnumc.org.

We are in partnership with the local, county and state Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and many other disaster response organizations.

For more information or questions, please email Robert Craig at DisasterResponse@tnumc.org.

Please note: All volunteer teams need to contact Robert Craig before deploying to any disaster-affected area.

December tornado and storm response


Online: Donate to Disaster Response Fund

Checks (please note Disaster Response in the memo line):

  • Checks can be made out and mailed to the Tennessee Conference at PO Box 440132, Nashville, TN 37244
  • Checks can be made out and mailed to the Memphis Conference at PO Box 10667, Jackson, TN 38308

Crisis Cleanup Helpline has been set up to coordinate clean-up relief efforts for all impacted areas from the tornadoes this weekend. Individuals needing property clean-up assistance can call 800-451-1954.

Please report Church damage to your district office, DS, and/or to Robert Craig, Disaster Response Coordinator


The Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference and the Kentucky Conference are partnering in this response effort. Please fill out the appropriate form to volunteer to serve on a team or to bring a team to assist. Thank you!

*** VOLUNTEER FORM – This form is specifically for individuals and volunteer teams from churches or other organizations who want to assist in the coming weeks and months. ***

This ERT Volunteer Form is for badged Early Response Teams credentialed by an UMCOR trainer: ERT Volunteer Form

For updates about the conference response to the December 11, 2021 tornado and storms in west Tennessee and western Kentucky, please go to https://twkumc.org/disaster-response/


flood response from earlier in 2021

For updates about the conference response to the August 2021 flooding in Middle Tennessee, please go to https://twkumc.org/disaster-response/

How to Give to Disaster Response

You can make a financial donation to TNUMC Disaster Response.

Checks can be made out and mailed to the Tennessee Conference (with Disaster Response in the memo line) at PO Box 440132, Nashville, TN 37244

To give online to 2021 Disaster Response, please click: GIVE NOW



If your church wants to put kits together – and has a place to store them Hygiene Kits and Tornado Buckets will be needed in the weeks ahead.

Please note: The conference center no longer accepts UMCOR kits. Please contact Robert Craig at disasterresponse@tnumc.org before putting kits together so he can direct you where to take them once they are completed.

If there is a disaster in our area for which supplies are needed, the conference will notify everyone what types of kits are needed and where they can be dropped off at that time.

For 2020 Tornado Response and Recovery information

New Resource Available For Tennessee Tornado Survivors

March 2021 Storm Damage and Flooding Information

March 30: The weekend’s deadly flash flooding devastated neighborhoods and caused damage and destruction to many homes and businesses. We hope you’re safe and dry, and that you’re getting the resources you need if you were affected by the flooding. Hands On Nashville is working closely with the Nashville Office of Emergency Management to safely deploy volunteers to areas in need of help. More opportunities will be added over the coming days and weeks!  Click HERE to find flood-relief volunteer opportunities.

Supplies: Please do not put together cleaning “flood bucket” kits unless your church has a place to store them until they are needed. The conference has received supplies from UMCOR. To donate directly to UMCOR’s Material Resources Advance to help refill the reserves from which we are now drawing, please go to https://umcmission.org/advance-project/901440/

Funds: Please see below to donate online or by mail.

United Methodist Partners

United Methodist Committee On Relief: UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters that are interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. UMCOR’s work on behalf of United Methodists is global and includes countries in Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean. UMCOR serves in long-term disaster recovery in the US.


United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, Southeastern Jurisdiction: UMVIM, SEJ is the short-term mission sending agency of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. UMVIM exists to promote, encourage, and enable Chistians to exemplify “Christian Love in Action” through short-term mission service at home and abroad.


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