The mission of United Methodist Disaster Response in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference is to provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of a disaster that begins with response and ends with long term recovery.
The disaster response effort of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference is primarily focused on natural disasters such as floods, tornadoes, fires and earth quakes. Other disasters, often called “man- made” may result from terrorism and domestic disturbances or from accidents such as chemical spills. Resources of the conference could be used to assist individuals and families impacted by these disasters as well.
The Disaster Response Ministries of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference stands ready to assist any time disasters are so large that the resources of the local community or the district are not sufficient to meet the needs. This response can take many forms. Expert advice can be provided to help the local community as they meet immediate needs, or as they plan for recovery from a disaster, UMCOR kits such as clean-up kits and hygiene kits are distributed; and, volunteers can also be recruited by the conference. If you have questions about UMCOR kits please email email@example.com or call 217-483-7911. Early response teams (ERTs) are deployed to assist with clean-up and other tasks needed by the community in the period right after the disaster (once the area has been declared safe by first responders). In the long term, UMVIM recovery teams help with home repairs or, in some cases, rebuilding homes that have been completely destroyed during the disaster. In addition, spiritual and emotional care teams can provide support to individuals and congregations as they cope with the loss caused by a disaster.
ERT Basic Training - To register, please click on the appropriate date:
September TBD from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at East Bay Camp
ERT Recertification Online Training - To register, please click on the appropriate date:
Connecting Neighbors Online Training - To register, please click on the appropriate date:
Disaster Response Gatherings
*September TBD at East Bay Camp
IGRC Disaster Response Coordinator
Coordinator of Mission and Outreach
Assistant to the Director of Connectional Ministries
Phone: (217) 529-2473
Midwest Mission Distribution Center
Phone: (217) 416-1306