Disaster response personnel unloading a truckWe all know that disasters happen, always without our permission and never on any schedule. Disasters have become a part of our lives – they happen in our communities, in our state, in our country, and throughout the world. What we as United Methodists can do is be prepared for disasters and be ready to respond as soon as possible after disaster strikes.

The Disaster Response Team (DRT) of the Wisconsin Conference of the United Methodist Church steps quickly into a position to help soon after disaster strikes--just as soon as an area is safe, sanitary and secure. The DRT engages in early response, spiritual and emotional care, as well as long-term recovery efforts, long after immediate agencies have left the scene (many times our team takes more than a year to complete their mission). The Wisconsin Conference DRT calls you to help in any way you can through volunteering and financial support.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is our partner, providing expert assistance in planning, preparation and disaster response. Much of the work of disaster recovery throughout the conference is funded by grants from UMCOR, as well as the generosity of Wisconsin Conference United Methodists as they freely give their time, talents and treasure to recovery efforts.

Wisconsin Flooding Update

It has been a very busy spring for the Disaster Response Committee. There is a lot of water in the North Central and Mid-West parts of the United States. As far as Wisconsin goes, we did have more flooding this spring.  There had been requests for Early Response Teams (muck and gut), especially in Fond du Lac and Brown Counties, and those requests have been cleaned up.  There are no longer any remaining requests for muck and gut relief teams here in Wisconsin.

Other states also experienced flooding. Nebraska requested ERT's from their jurisdiction. We are not in their jurisdiction, so will not be requesting any assistance for teams to go there at this point in time. Iowa recently had more flooding.  They are in our jurisdiction, so there will likely be a request from Iowa once the waters recede.  

Wisconsin had much flooding in August and September of 2018. Unfortunately, many of those who were affected by the flooding still have not recovered.  Fortunately for those in the Juneau Co area, the community has not forgotten and is actively working to help those who are unable to recover on their own.  The recovery effort that formed is called "The Long Term Recovery Partnership in Juneau Co" and is being lead by Winding Rivers UMC.  

The Long Term Recovery Partnership in Juneau Co is working with many businesses, the local municipalities, the Juneau and Adams County Emergency Management, and the various Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster members which include: Red Cross, Salvation Army, Team Rubicon, Wisconsin Emergency Management, and United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR).  UMCOR has recently approved over a million dollars to the Winding Rivers UMC for the Long Term Recovery Partnership (LTRP) flood recovery efforts. 

The LTRP has Recovery Coordinators, Case Managers,  and Volunteer Coordinator on staff to help with the recovery process.  There have been fundraising efforts and a couple of grants, which will provide funds to purchase materials.  Dorms are being built to house volunteers, the Lions have donated funds to feed volunteers for the summer.  What we are still in need of are  volunteer teams!  They are looking for groups: church groups, youth groups, friend groups, club groups, family groups..... any group of 4 to 40 people which would like to help a flood survivor recover.  Come for a day, 3 days, or a week.  Dates are available in May, early June, late July, all of August, September, and October.

How you can help

  • Find a group, 
  • Put together a list of dates the group is available
  • and what skills the group may have (for example youth group, some remodeling skills, or know how to paint.)
  • Email Rev. Wendell Williams, the Volunteer Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.