Tornado relief efforts have now moved into the longest phase of recovery. That means participating agencies are working together to provide services to survivors, do creative problem-solving on their behalf, follow up with them, and try to fill unmet needs, such as replacing items and doing housing repairs.read more »
North Texas 2015 Christmas Tornadoes
The North Texas Conference is assessing the damage from the December 26, 2015, tornadoes and storms.
As we learn more, updates will be posted here and on the North Texas Conference Facebook Page.
Please pray for those who have lost loved ones, those who have had businesses and homes destroyed or damaged, and those who are responding.
For assistance with your unmet needs, please contact our Recovery Office. Meetings will be arranged by appointment only.
Macy Crone, Case Management Supervisor
NTC Recovery Office
Monday through Wednesday: 4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
At this time, there is not a program set up to utilize volunteer labor with rebuilding efforts. Other volunteer opportunities may be available on
If you have any questions about survivor assistance, please contact Rev. Marji Hill at 972-526-5000 x220.
For updates and information on how to donate including church and individual donations, please click here.
Those wishing to send checks for tornado relief should make them out to the North Texas Conference and mail them to:
P.O. Box 866128
Plano, TX 75086
The note on the check should read “North Texas Conference Disaster Relief.”
Early Response Teams (ERTs) fill a specific need in the early days after a disaster to clean out flood-damaged homes, remove debris, place tarps on homes, and otherwise help to prevent further damage, while providing a caring Christian presence. ERTs are not a first-response group of emergency workers, nor are they recovery, rebuild, or repair teams.
February 6, 2016
UMCOR Early Response Training Basic and Recertification
February 20, 2016
UMCOR Early Response Training Basic and Recertification
Latest News on 2015 Christmas Storms
The Connections Band will present Hearts for North Texas: Bringing Back the ’70s, a concert on Friday, February 12, 2016, to aid in tornado relief. This concert begins at 7:00 p.m. at Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church in Allen.read more »
St. Paul UMC member Yvette Hemphill Green, her 21-year-old daughter and a 24-year-old niece were in the den of their Garland home when the EF4 tornado struck. Here is her account of surviving.read more »
Read for items needed as of January 3, 2016. Also information on who to contact for different types of needs and for different agencies and how to help. Also, a link to donate online.read more »
If not for the twinkling lights, inflatable snowmen and stockings hung by the chimney with care, it would be easy to believe it was time to make summer vacation plans, not set the GPS for over the river and through the woods to get to Grandma’s.read more »
Rev. Jan Davis, pastor of First Rowlett United Methodist Church, preached a sermon called “Arise and Shine” days after tornadoes ripped through her community. Many of her congregation’s members lost their homes or had them badly damaged by the fierce storms. This is a portion of her sermon on Sunday, January 3, 2016.read more »
After just few minutes of sitting in on the Early Response Team ( ERT) Training, held recently at First UMC Garland, and it was clear, this was serious business. The room full of men and women, young and old sat around tables and looked intently at photos of homes damaged by disaster projected on a screen.read more »
Early Response Teams (ERTs) fill a specific need in the early days after a disaster to clean out flood-damaged homes, remove debris, place tarps on homes, and otherwise help to prevent further damage, while providing a caring Christian presence. ERTs are not a first-response group of emergency workers, nor are they recovery, rebuild, or repair teams.read more »
The Disaster Resource Center, located at Granger Recreation Center, will be open until Sunday, January 10, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. The Center provides a convenient central location for volunteers, local agencies, and residents impacted by the December 26, 2015 tornadoes, a place to connect. Since the Center’s opening, more than 700 families have been assisted.read more »
The MARC (Multi Agency Resource Center), VRC (Volunteer Reception Center), and the Donations facility to assist people affected by the Garland and Rowlett tornadoes will be opening on Wednesday, December 30, 2015, between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The facility is located at 1310 W. Avenue F, Garland, Texas 75040.read more »
In an effort to serve, Cornerstone United Methodist Church is offering free child care for the families affected by the December 26, 2015, tornadoes to allow parents time to focus on their families’ immediate needs. Cornerstone UMC is located reasonably close to the affected Garland and Rowlett communities at 7502 N. Garland Ave., Garland, Texas.read more »
The North Texas Conference is assessing the damage from last night’s tornadoes and storms. We have not heard of damage to any of our churches, but we are aware of significant damage in several areas. As we learn more, updates will be posted on the North Texas Conference website. At this time there is nothing to do.read more »
If you or someone you know has been affected by the December 26, 2015, storms in Rowlett, Midlothian or Garland please advise them of these shelter locations. Anyone who has been impacted by the storms in those general areas is urged to come to the shelter for a safe place to stay.read more »
A special fund has been set up to assist the survivors of the December 26 tornadoes. United Methodist donations will make a difference in the lives of the families affected by the Christmas tornadoes.read more »
Last evening, tornadoes swept through the Dallas area resulting in several deaths and injuries as well as destruction and damage to homes and businesses. Thousands of people have been affected. We, the United Methodists of the North Texas Conference, have prayed for them in worship services this morning and we will continue praying in the days ahead.read more »
As you know, Rowlett was hit by a large tornado last night. The National Weather Service has classified the tornado as an EF3. In the light of the day, we can now begin to see the impact this storm has had and it is nothing short of catastrophic.read more »