South Carolina trusting in God, after ‘1,000-year-flood’

UPDATED: 10-19-2015

If you need assistance or want to volunteer call our
Disaster Response Hotline
or email

When disaster strikes, The United Methodist Church is dedicated to helping those recover and get their lives back. From Early Response Teams to long-term recovery, the people of The United Methodist Church are on the ground providing prayer, relief and resources. You are not alone. We are with you for the long haul.

Cleaning BucketsUMCOR Cleaning Buckets arrive from North Georgia

The Conference office has received a new supply of UMCOR cleaning buckets and health kits from North Georgia. If you or your church is in need of cleaning buckets they are available for pick up between 9am and 4:30pm Monday – Friday at the Conference office located at 4908 Colonial Dr. in Columbia, SC

To make sure we have enough cleaning buckets and health kits on hand when you arrive, please call ahead. 1-800-390-4911

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ERT Training at Mt. Horeb UMC Saturday October 17th

Make Health Kits

Make School Kits

UMVIM team leader training

UMVIM  training at John Wesley in Charleston on November 7

UMVIM training at Grace in Columbia on November 14

UMVIM training at Advent in Greenville on November 21

The UMVIM training is for folks who want to take a team either locally or international.  You will be trained briefly on how to help in this disaster.  

If you wish to take any of the trainings mentioned please contact:

Lee McMillan at


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Advocates articles and News Stories:

“South Carolina trusting in God, helping neighbors after ‘1,000-year-flood’ catastrophe”

Holly Hill Response 10-07-2015

Damage Assessments

Please do not self-deploy people from your church to flooded areas.
(State officials are not allowing volunteers into flooded areas yet. There are still dangerous flood waters washing in from the upstate)

We are very actively assessing damage from flooding rains and such associated with Hurricane Joaquin across our state. There is damage in many areas, but seems to be more so from the midlands to the coast. Some hard hit areas we know of now are: Richland County, some areas of Lexington; Charleston, Dorchester and Florence Counties. There are other pocket such as Holly Hill and Eutawville in Orangeburg County & Horry County that we know have a few homes damaged though there may be more. We anticipate that this list will grow dramatically. Six of our twelve districts will have critical needs.

We will continue to assess tomorrow and probably start sending out SC ERT Teams (maybe Tuesday), Wednesday – on to areas that have been deemed safe and secure. Some areas may take a week or so for the water to subside enough for us to enter.

This will mainly be a mud muck out response, which can take a lot of hours for each home. Please remember to hydrate, take breaks, and make sure a home is structurally safe before working and stay out of contaminated water as much as possible. Due to the potential magnitude of this event we will most surely be bringing in ERT Teams for other states.

We are having daily up-dates including all district disaster coordinators and conference personnel including our Bishop. If you know of a special need please contact your district disaster coordinator. If there is an ERT need then please also contact Billy Robinson at or text at 803-539-8429.

If you need to report damage to your church or need to request conference emergency response teams please contact your district office and you district disaster response coordinators. 

For more information on Disaster response click here.

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Flood Recovery Help

The South Carolina United Methodist Church is actively involved in recovery efforts after the historic flooding around the state. How we can help you 1. We are Praying for you We are praying for families who are impacted by this disaster through loss of property and livelihood. Praying for first responders and all those who …

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