The places below are looking for teams in 2018.
The Texas Annual Conference (Houston and north Gulf Coast) is transitioning from Early Response to Long Term Recovery. In the past few weeks, teams have mucked out and gutted more than 6000 homes, but they are still finding communities where the damage has not been assessed. Volunteers should be over age 18, Safe Sanctuaries certified, and at least one member of the team should be ERT trained. Go to http://www.txcumc.org/texasrecovers
The Rio Texas Conference (Corpus Christi and south Gulf Coast area) are accepting reservations for Long-Term Recovery teams. Go to their website: https://riotexas.org/harvey
The Florida Annual Conference needs teams right away. All volunteers will be accepted, regardless of ERT training. Individuals and teams are encouraged to register and should expect to be deployed in the southern part of the state. Go to http://www.flumc.org/disasterrecoveryministry
Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands (US Territories)
This is still a government-controlled situation. They are in emergency relief phase and it is NOT appropriate for volunteers to go yet. We will update you as this situation changes. UMCOR is releasing grants to Puerto Rico quickly and talking daily with the Bishop and other church leaders on the islands.