It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. -- Hebrews 11:7

Welcome to the Mt Sylvan UMC Disaster Response Committee page. The Team supports Church members, families, and friends in their local neighborhoods and communities with education, volunteer service, and training to be better prepared for emergencies and disasters.  

  • One-day Flood Relief trips

    Mt. Sylvan's Early Response Team takes one-day trips to eastern North Carolina to support NCCUMC relief effort. (You do not need to be ERT trained for these trips).These one-day flood relief trips to eastern North Carolina, usually fall on Mondays or Fridays. We travel to different locations, as needed, to repair flood damaged homes and dispose of debris. We gather at 6:00 AM, load and prayer out by 6:30. We arrive at the  job location by 8:30, and leave 4:30 PM, home by 6:30 PM. Bring your own lunch and tools. Tool list to be provided. If you are interested, please notify Jim Polhamus, ERT Coordinator at 919-479-2021 or jpolhamus@nc.rr.com.

  • Overnight Flood Relief trips

    The Emergency Response Team (ERT) also takes flood relief mission trips that last anywhere from 2 to 5 days or more. In these events volunteers meet in the Mt. Sylvan Parking lot and take the church van and trailer to the location and then bed down for the night at a church that is centrally located in proximity to the work site. We build relationships with other relief workers and people of faith that will last a lifetime. Click on the thumbnail to the left to watch our Outerbanks flood relief trip. To participate in a trip contact ERT Coordinator at 919-479-2021 or jpolhamus@nc.rr.com.

  • An NC Conference Disaster Ministries Update

    Over the past three years, North Carolina has been impacted by three devastating hurricanes. Many homes and lives were uprooted due to wind and flood damage. With the help of our partners and volunteers, Disaster Ministries has been able to help over 600 people return home. Read this anniversary magazine to see the impact Disaster Ministries is making in Eastern North Carolina.