Disaster Response

For more information on Disaster Response and Flood Recovery,

Please contact Dave Woodcock:
Disaster Response Coordinator and Flood Recovery Director
(315) 263-0153

If you would like to help the victims of the June 2013 flooding, you can mail your checks - memo line of "Conference Advance #4300"- made payable to Upper New York Annual Conference, 324 University Ave., 3rd Fl., Syracuse, NY 13210.

Click here for the UMCOR Bucket Drop-Off Locations in the Upper New York Area.

Disasters both human-made and natural can emotionally, physically and psychologically overwhelm entire communities. Local businesses may be destroyed, leaving some unemployed, others without access to food or supplies. Insurance may not cover the cost of recovery. Fear of a repeat of the disaster can be paralyzing.

United Methodists have a long history of responding to communities in the midst of disaster though the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), Volunteers-in-Mission (VIM) and conference and district disaster response teams. Known throughout the world as the church that will be there as long as there is a need, United Methodists specialize in helping communities help themselves recover from a disaster.

United Methodists also know that the victims of disaster need more than a helping hand. They also need a helping heart—someone who will listen and offer love and fellowship.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief allocates funds for the relief of people in need. All money donated for disaster response goes directly to the disaster. Support for the administration and infrastructure of UMCOR comes from the annual One Great Hour of Sharing Sunday collection. For more information on the United Methodist Committee on Relief, visit the agency's web site.

UMCOR also maintains a 24-hour hotline for information about disasters around the world at (800) 554-8583.