Current Disaster Response

The role of disaster response recovery teams is to provide permanent repair/rebuild within disaster affected communities. While teams often require specialized skills, we encourage a holistic approach to recovery. 

The NYAC supports the following disaster response efforts:

  • Puerto Rico – Hurricane Maria
  • Bahamas – Hurricane Dorian
  • Domestic Disaster Response  

Puerto Rico: In August 2018 UMCOR and Volunteers in Mission relocated the Puerto Rico Response Volunteer Mainland office to the New York Conference Missions office. All information, team scheduling, and volunteer inquiries may be made by contacting Tymera Jackson ( (914-615-2248) at the Conference office. 


Upcoming NYAC Recovery Teams 

Bahamas March 18 – 25   

Puerto Rico  March 23 – 30

     Team Leader and contact: Mike Butler (  Cost: $650

Marianna, Florida  – Hurricane Michael response   March 20 to 28 

     Team Leader: Jud Ramaker (team filled)  

Bahamas  April 13 - 18   Team Leader: Wesley Daniel     Cost: $800


All Bahama response volunteers must have a passport with an expiration date at least 6-months beyond travel dates, a current UMCOR Early Response Badge, be in good physical condition, and able to “rough it.” We will be among the first teams to respond.


Team Leaders Needed

One key to an effective disaster response effort is quality and experienced leadership.

There is a great deal of organization and responsibility that goes into leading and coordinating both a disaster response and mission team. We will continue to provide opportunities for Leadership Training. We will also be willing to assist qualified and experienced Team Leaders with finances if needed.

The NYAC has had a long and strong history of responding to both emergency and long-term needs both domestically and internationally. It is our hope and intent to continue that support.

For more information contact Tom Vencuss at the NYAC Missions office (