Disaster Response

The Office of Disaster Response is the California-Nevada Conference’s organizational arm for long term recovery in communities impacted by disasters.

Sonja Edd-Bennett serves as Director.

Her role is to represent and equip Conference engagement with long term recovery groups in communities impacted by disasters; to increase the capacity of the Conference to respond to future disasters; and to positively impact disaster survivors in their recovery process.

Read Sonja Edd-Bennett's biographical information here.

Volunteer Involvement

Following a large disaster such as a fire, volunteers from outside the community are typically needed within the 2nd or 3rd week of the fire, and then throughout the next 1-2 years.

If you are interested in responding, please consider filling out the application HERE.

If you would like to join a team of volunteers going in to help with initial assessments, join us for an upcoming Early Response Team training HERE.


The California-Nevada Annual Conference has benefited tremendously from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) in response to natural disasters within the bounds of the Conference. Please continue to support UMCOR - and in addition, please consider making donations to the Conference disaster response fund. 


To donate through the California-Nevada Conference to provide immediate relief for victims of wildfires, and to meet immediate needs in the case of future disasters, make checks payable to "California-Nevada Annual Conference," and write "CN Disaster Response" in the memo line. Churches may add their donation in with their tithing form, also, and annotate in the area as "other designated giving." 
Mail checks to the California-Nevada Conference Center, P.O. Box 980250, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0250. Contributing to the Conference disaster response fund helps the Conference to respond quickly to immediate needs and to partner with UMCOR for both emergency and long term recovery.


For more information contact Sonja Edd-Bennett, Director of the California-Nevada Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministry, at sonjaeb@calnevumc.org.


California-Nevada Conference
1350 Halyard Drive
West Sacramento, CA 95691
(916) 374-1500

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