NYAC Disaster Response Opportunities

NYAC Disaster Response Opportunities

Disaster Recovery Ministries Team

Tom Vencuss


VIM Long-term Recovery Team - West Virginia - February 18 to 25

Ross Porter is leading an LTR Team to assist with the recovery efforts from recent flooding. The team will be going to Rainelle, West Virginia, and staying at the UMC of Rainelle. They are now in the re-building stage of the disaster. All skill levels are welcome. ERT or Disaster Recovery training is not mandatory. Minimum age for trip is 16 years old.  Cost of trip approx. $200. Cost includes travel to WV, all meals and sleeping accommodations. Last day to commit: February 11th.

Please contact Ross Porter for information or to apply (wrporter115@verizon.net).

Enjoy four days and three nights in the Pocono Mountains  - FREE!

Now that we have your attention… the NYAC Disaster Response Ministry is looking to sponsor up to 2 persons from each District to attend the Northeast Jurisdictional Disaster Response Academy, sponsored by UMVIM/UMCOR, March  26 to 29. The venue is the Pocono Plateau Camp and Retreat Center in Casco, Pennsylvania. 

Now, here comes the catch  – to be eligible for this offer persons should have a desire to know more about faith-based disaster response ministries, agree to meet ahead of time in preparation for the Academy, agree to serve on the Conference Disaster Administrative Committee (CDAC), and commit to working toward developing their District’s response capacity and capability. 

For more information about the Academy please visit the NEJ VIM website (umvimnej.org) or contact Tom Vencuss (tvencuss@nyac.com) . Participants will be accepted on a first-come basis. Early-bird deadline is February 26.  Please contact Tom before registering. 

"When Disaster Strikes – the Church Responds”

A one-day forum on Disaster Response Ministries
April 22, 2017   NYAC Conference Center, White Plains
9 AM to 4 PM

   The Role of the Church in a disaster
   Understanding the Big Picture
   Caring for the Community – The role of the Church before, during and after a disaster 
Break Out Sessions:
   ERT Recertification class
   Effective Leadership - Nuts and Bolts of Leading a Response Team 
   Caring for the Community – Developing Disaster Emotional and Spiritual Care Teams  
Final Gathering -  Toward a District-based disaster response ministry 

Key Note Speaker: 
     Greg Forrester - President and CEO, National VOAD
     Formerly of UMCOR and the NEJ VIM Coordinator  

We will provide light breakfast foods, beverages, and snacks throughout the event. Please bring a bag lunch to allow for a working-lunch. 

Please register on the NYAC website and indicate a preference for one of the breakout sessions. 
Contact Tom Vencuss (tvencuss@nyac.com) for more information or with questions. 

Disaster Emotional and Spiritual Care "Basic" Training

Saturday, April 29       9 AM to 4 PM       NYAC Conference Center

This seven-hour training provides an overview for the development of Disaster Emotional and Spiritual Care Teams. UMCOR-trained Disaster Response “Care Teams” are faith-based, ongoing teams with standardized training that provide spiritual and emotional care before, during, following, and ‘in-between” disasters. Working closely with their Annual Conference and District Disaster Response Ministries, “Care Teams” help survivors and others connect with spiritual, emotional, and basic life resources.

We will provide light breakfast foods, beverages, and snacks throughout the event. Please bring a bag lunch to allow for a working-lunch. 

Please register on the NYAC website.  Contact Wendy Vencuss (wvencuss@gmail.com) for more information or with questions. 

Disaster Response Ministry Retreat and Work Week-end(s) 

Calling all ERTs, Long Term Recovery volunteers, DESC-trained personnel  –  join us for a retreat and work weekend at Camp Olmsted, Thursday, May 11 through Saturday, May 13. During the day we will put our disaster response skills to work, assisting with work projects, and during the evening spend time in fellowship and disaster response-related discussions and workshops. The camp will be hosting us so there is no cost to volunteers. In preparation, we are looking for several persons with construction/building backgrounds to visit the camp and begin to put together a scope of work for each project. Please contact Tom Vencuss (tvencuss@nyac.com) or 860-324-1424 if you are interested.   
We have also been in touch with Brooke and Justin at Quinipet and we are looking to put together a similar retreat/work weekend there. More details about this to come.