Disaster Response News

The United Methodist Church brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by natural disaster. Through Disaster Response and Volunteers In Mission, we provide disaster response, relief and rebuilding to communities who have been impacted by natural and human-created disasters. Learn more about the five phases of a disaster and which ones you can be a part of by clicking hereAs United Methodists, it is always crucial that we do not self-deploy.

Dayton Tornadoes

The West Ohio Conference is working closely with Beavercreek, Dayton, Celina and other communities affected by the May 2019 tornadoes to asses needs and determine ways to assist in recovery. If you are interested in bringing a team to assist in rebuilding, contact Mariellyn Grace at mgrace [at]

Ways to Support Disaster Response


  • Click HERE to donate online. 100% of your gift will  assist individuals and families recovering from disasters within West Ohio.
  • You can also write a check to West Ohio Conference with 'West Ohio Disaster Response' in the memo line and send it to West Ohio Conference, Attn. Disaster Response, 32 Wesley Blvd, Worthington, OH 43085.


Survivors often experience chaos, fear, grief and anxiety in the aftermath of natural disasters. These emotions can be overwhelming and paralyzing. Our prayers have the power to activate healing and courage in the face of great unknowns.


Disaster Response volunteer opportunities from around the country can be found here. Please do not self-deploy to disaster areas. For more information, contact mgrace [at]


  • Early Response Team training: ERT teams of The United Methodist Church assist in the aftermath of natural disasters. Click here for upcoming ERT trainings.
  • VIM Team Leader training: VIM teams assist with rebuilding during the long-term recovery process. Click here for upcoming VIM trainings.
  • Disaster Readiness Training: Host a training at your church in order to prepare for disasters before they happen. Click here for more information.