Disaster Relief


Hurricane Harvey/Irma Response

Hickory Flat initially collected 350 hygiene kits to help storm victims. We give thanks for the generosity of our church community!
Our next goal is to provide 150 flood/cleaning buckets.
  • Pray for all of those affected by these storms.
  • Kit instructions. Donations should be left in the Welcome Center.
Our response is based on the needs and direction currently being stated by UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief).
The Disaster Relief Ministry started in 2005 shortly after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. Hickory Flat Church served areas in and around Pass Christian, Mississippi as they suffered severe storm surge but were receiving minimal support.


Some of our projects:

  • assisted the North Georgia United Methodist Men with the cleanup and rebuilding of homes destroyed by tornadoes in Commerce, GA and floods in Austell, GA.
  • sent two teams to areas of North Georgia to help with recovery efforts after tornadoes.
  • participated in the rebuilding of Leigh Cottage at the United Methodist Children’s Home in Decatur, GA which was destroyed by fire.
  • worked in Aurora, NC to help with rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Irene
  • home repairs in the Appalachia area of southeastern Kentucky


Disaster Relief Ministry Teams travel throughout the Southeastern United States providing aid to disaster victims. The aid consists of prayer and listening, manual labor and/or food and shelter. The purpose of this ministry is to be the hands and feet of Christ in times of disaster.


Teams are formed and deployed as needed.


Support the Disaster Relief Ministry:

– Volunteer to be on call and ready when needed

– Provide tools and supplies needed for recovery and reconstruction

– Register for Early Response Training through UMCOR
– Download CERT form. Submit completed form to Mike McArthur.



Storm Recovery Team

Our Disaster Response ministry is hoping to organize a mission trip for sometime in November or December 2017. Our role will be to help families recover/rebuild from recent or past storms (recovery and rebuild often takes years).


For more information on this Outreach, contact: Mike McArthur, Disaster Relief Team Leader.