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Churches Dealing with Disaster

When disaster strikes, United Methodists respond with prayers and support. On May 19-20, 2013, tornadoes devastated communities in Oklahoma, Texas and other U.S. states.

Find out how you can be a part of relief efforts. Follow coverage at UMC Connections or the United Methodist News Service page on Facebook.

Check for information about local churches or conferences.

Learn from the stories of United Methodists congregations that have faced hardship, healing and hope after disasters.

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Disaster preparedness and response

Storms and flood

Part I of this series shares how the United Methodist Committee on Relief responds to disasters. The n ext four segments tell the stories of three churches - in Alabama, Indiana and North Dakota - that are recovering from tornadoes and floods.


During 2012 and early 2013, fire destroyed or damaged more than a dozen United Methodist church properties across the United States. This special news series reported on the damage from those fires, the response to the affected congregations and what churches can do to protect themselves.

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