FAQ

Q: How can I personally be better prepared for a disaster?

A: Get Connecting Neighbors training through the District Disaster Response Committee or go to http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/be-red-cross-ready

Q: How can my church trustees and staff prepare for the next disaster?

A: Contact the District Disaster Coordinator about Connecting Neighbors, module 2

Q: Should my church have a Disaster Response Coordinator?

A: It is a good idea, but not required. The District and Conference Disaster Response Coordinators can help you decide.

Q: Where can I find information about Disaster Preparedness and Response?

A: http://CapitalDistrictDisaster.org or http://riotexasresponse.org

Q: What is ERT?

A: Early Response Teams are specially trained teams that provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of disaster

Q: Should my church have and Early Response Team?

A: It isn’t required, but is a great way to respond to hurting neighbors after a disaster

Q: What should we do if a disaster is imminent?

A: Safeguard lives and property as much as possible - You can get information through the District Disaster Response Coordinator

Q: How can my church respond after a disaster?

A: Being a caring Christian presence in the community goes a long way. Connecting Neighbors has some great suggestions - Contact the District Disaster Response Coordinator for more info.

Q: Where is UMCOR after a disaster?

A: In your church and in your community - WE are UMCOR. UMCOR also provides training and funding for disaster Response and recovery. They provide funds for case managers who walk along survivors until they are back on their feet.

Q: What should my church do with funds given in response to a disaster?

A: Although it is hard to do - usually the best thing to do in the immediate aftermath is to hold on to the gifts or pass them on to the Conference. Unless you know of a specific family in your community that needs financial support, the greater need will come months later. Oftentimes there is a lot of money being handed out immediately following an event, but those funds will be needed more in the months ahead.

Q: How should donated funds be designated when given to the district or conference?

A: Designating funds for “Disaster Response” gives the district or conference the greatest leverage in using them effectively, while ensuring that they go to those who most need them. While you may want to give to “Tornado Victims” or “Flood Buckets”, doing so limits how they can be spent.

Q: How does the conference leverage donated funds?

A: When UMCOR gives grants for disaster response, they usually require that the conference pay a percentage as well. Donated funds can therefore be put up as that percentage, allowing us more funds to help survivors.

Q: How are the UMCOR Funds used?

A: In numerous ways - They provide emergency grants that are used in the immediate aftermath to assist communities. They re also used to hire trained case managers to assist survivors. They are also used to fund “unmet needs” when there are no funds from other sources.

Q: Where does the Conference receive funding for Disaster Response?

A: ONLY from donations - Rio Texas Conference Disaster Response in not funded through apportionments, nor any other means than donations by individuals, churches or districts.

Q: Where can I find more information about Disaster Response?

A: E-mail the District Disaster Response Coordinator or go to the website http://CapitalDistrictDisaster.org