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.
In effort to provide support and information during this novel coronavirus outbreak, The California-Nevada Office of Disaster Response Ministry has created a webpage compiling simple precautions to help you stop the virus from spreading and preparedness points should you or a loved one become ill, or your community experience business or school closures. This information was last updated March 3, 2020.
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 participating in early response, please consider filling out the application HERE.
Think you would like to join a team of volunteers to help with initial assessments? Sign up for Early Response Team training!
Northern California has experienced devastating fires every summer since 2015, with October 2017 bringing what was - until that year - the most destructive fire season in California history. The "North Bay Fire Storm" left thousands without homes, with a large percentage of those realizing they had no insurance or were hugely underinsured. And then there was the last 6 months of 2018!! We have had to prioritize, and are currently working on the following recoveries...Can you help??
California-Nevada Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministry is in immediate need of UMVIM Teams to help REBUILD HOMES destroyed in:
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.