Civil authorities want, and many times require, on-site responders to be trained and affiliated with a known disaster response organization. The Arkansas Conference has UMCOR certified trainers to assist those who want to respond on-site to become trained, certified, and badged. Note that this requires criminal background checks. These checks are done in compliance with Arkansas Conference Safe Gatherings policies and due to the vulnerable state of those we serve who have been affected by disaster.
When disaster strikes, United Methodists respond – with love, with prayers, with time, with labor, with supplies, with funds. Scripture guides us in how to respond to disaster, tragedy, and trials. Below are key scriptures we confide in our hearts for these times of hurting and sorrow.