Helping after Hurricane Harvey

Key Contacts

Kirk Culpepper - (757) 434-0078 for questions about taking ERT-credentialed teams to disaster sites.
Scott Dillard - (540) 810-0903 for questions about bucket pickup in the districts.
Bob Pihlcrantz - (757) 408-6653 for any other disaster response questions.

Video Messages

Click here to view a video from the Rev. Glenn Rowley, Virginia Conference director of Justice and Missional Excellence.
Click here for view a thank-you video from Bishop Sharma D. Lewis

Donate through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

Click here to make an online donation at the UMCOR site. You can donate to either United States Disaster Response Advance #901670 or Material Resources Advance #901440.

Cleaning Bucket Regional Collection Point Information

Click here to download a list of Cleaning Bucket contents.
Each district may designate a district drop off point but all buckets need to be delivered to the regional collection points by the deadlines in order to make this effort go smoothly and timely. Of course, buckets may be dropped off at any of the three collections points regardless of your district affiliation. This is an emergent need and we must get the depots replenished ASAP as there are other hurricanes already in the Atlantic. The The Virginia Conference United Methodist Men and Conference Disaster Response Team appreciate your cooperation and compassionate response!
Farmville, Danville, Roanoke, Lynchburg Districts
Evergreen UMC, 2466 Cedar Tree Rd, Appomattox, VA  24522 – Contact Stephanie Hunt at 804-337-3569. Drop off dead;line is 4 p.m., Tuesday, September 19.
Alexandria, Arlington, Winchester, Rappahannock River, Richmond, Charlottesville, Staunton, Harrisonburg Districts
Virginia United Methodist Center, 10330 Staples Mill Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060 – Contact  Glenn Rowley at 804-521-1143. Drop off deadline is 4 p.m., Wednesday, September 20.
Elizabeth River, York River, James River, Eastern Shore Districts
St. Luke’s UMC, 3396 Stoneshore Rd, Virginia Beach, VA  23452-4848 – Contact is Bob Pihlcrantz at 757-408-6653. Drop off deadline is 4 p.m., Thursday, September 21.

Early Response Team (ERT) Information

This information is provided by the Rev. Kirk Culpepper: Texas is in the process of seeking out teams that can respond to help with the cleanup from hurricane Harvey. Please do not self-deploy, but follow the link below and register your teams with them. It is also recommended you plan on being completely self-sufficient and not plan on much more than space to sleep because of the scope of the disaster. In addition you must have a CURRENT ERT certification card.
This is going to be a long-term event so you have time to prepare and get your teams outfitted and ready.
Also, the Rev. Kirk Culpepper will be leading a Basic ERT class in the Elizabeth River District September 23. If your certification has expired you can renew through this class. Click here to download a flyer that includes registration information (pdf).

Here is the information on how to register your teams:
The Rio Texas Conference is asking for ERTs. Only currently certified ERT members are being accepted. Teams will base out of Corpus Christi and should register at ERT trained individuals/small groups not part of a team should register at Current needs include debris removal of down trees, and roof tarping. Many homes have water damage from damaged windows and roofs.
The Louisiana Conference is now scheduling trained and badged Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) for Hurricane Harvey response. To register, ERTs may check in at  
The Texas Annual Conference is ready to receive volunteer teams to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief.  The work consists mainly of cleaning out flooded homes and requires extensive physical labor.  We would prefer that at least one member of your team be ERT trained.  Teams should bring their own protective gear and tools.  All members need proof of Safe Sanctuary training and clear background check from your local United Methodist church.  You will be housed at a host church in the conference.  Team leaders can register their team at



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