More than 60 United Methodists involved with disaster response in their Conferences gathered at UMCOR Sager Brown Nov. 17-20 for the United Methodist Committee on Relief's annual training academy - focusing on caring for God’s creation through UMCOR’s U.S. Disaster Response ministry.
The California-Nevada Annual Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, Norm Hardin, and Interim Director of Volunteers in Mission, Phil Bandy, were among those attending.
Through devotions, plenary sessions, networking opportunities, and more than 30 different workshops, the participants explored ways to develop or strengthen their strategies for responding when a disaster strikes in their Conferences. Training topics included relating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), responding to pandemics, working with vulnerable populations, monitoring and evaluating in order to faithfully report how grants are used, and managing non-monetary donations.
Cal-Nevada's ongoing disaster response ministry "has been set on a new course to realize the calling we have to minister to those in disaster," as a result of the training, Bandy says.
He adds that announcements of new programs will be made soon.
To support UMCOR’s US Disaster Response ministry, please give to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670.