Disaster Preparedness and Response Ministry Team (DPRMT)

Guiding, informing, and responding in times of disaster.

We live in a tumultuous time, full of natural and human disasters. What we have been witnessing in past years regarding weather is expected to continue; events are happening more often and are more serious in nature. We also recognize religious organizations are under more threats of physical attacks because of their ideology. There is hope. God calls us to care for our brothers and sisters and the IKC takes that call very seriously. The IKC Disaster Preparedness and Response Ministry Team (DPRMT) exists to establish and coordinate disaster preparation and relief efforts within and beyond the conference borders. Which means, we go beyond sending thoughts, prayers, and used clothing by providing more effective ways to give, through our dollars and through our time. Let’s be honest, disaster recovery is a justice issue. Some of the most marginalized are the ones affected most negatively by a disaster. We at the IKC and the DPRMT take justice seriously.

DPRMT concentrates on five areas:

  1. Preparedness – We want to do more than just respond after disaster hits. DPRMT produces materials to assist congregations and families in preparing for emergencies, such as the Emergency Management Flip Chart, Family Emergency Plan, Risk Assessment Worksheet, etc. We also encourage congregations to collect contact information so they can assist their members at the time of a disaster. Tap on the Disaster Preparedness for Churches tab below to see the complete list of resources which are available for download.
  2. Relief Coordination – We don’t try to swoop in and save the day because we know we don’t have all the solutions. Instead, we communicate and collaborate with other volunteer and governmental agencies so that we do not become part of the “second disaster” with unusable donations or unskilled volunteers.
  3. Material Collection – We coordinate collection and delivery of food, clothing, rebuilding supplies and other materials needed for disaster recovery. We also raise funds as needed for disaster recovery.
  4. Recovery Work – We train volunteers, support, and coordinate disaster recovery work camps throughout the geographical boundaries of the conference.
  5. Mitigation – The DPRMT looks for ways to minimize the damage before and after a disaster, caused by tornadoes, flooding and fire. When recovering after a disaster, we focus on building back better to reduce similar damage if a future event occurs.

DPRMT is a team of ten volunteers from throughout the conference who meet 2 times a year at the conference office in Indianapolis and several other times through zoom conference calls. For more information about getting involved with this team, please contact the IKC office, attention Rev. Greg Denk, IKC Disaster Coordinator.

If you’d like to help our efforts, but cannot volunteer, consider making a donation to the IKC DPRMT. Where it says “Add special instructions to the seller,” please type in “DPRMT” so we can be sure your donation gets to the right people.

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Disaster Response 2024

Western Kentucky Response – Dec. 10/11, 2021 Tornadoes! We are continuing to respond to the tornado affected areas in western Kentucky. We expect to be there a minimum of three more years. Please consider forming or joining a work team to restore homes in these communities.

Eastern Kentucky Response – July 27, 2022 Floods! We are scheduling camps in eastern Kentucky to respond to the flood affected areas in eastern Kentucky. Please consider forming or joining a work team to restore homes in these communities. We expect this recovery work to continue for many more years into the future.

Central Indiana Response – March 31, 2023 Tornadoes! We are beginning to schedule work camps in Sullivan, IN to restore homes damaged or destroyed by the tornado. The community is expecting it to take five years to recover. Please consider forming or joining a work team to restore homes in this community.


Plan a Work Camp – The DPRMT makes it easy!

Join the IKC Disaster Preparedness and Response Ministry Team (DPRMT) who is planning work camps to eastern and western Kentucky and central Indiana throughout 2024. If you or your group have a preferred week going forward, we can set that up for you. Please let us know at least 8 weeks ahead to allow time for registration and the scheduling of volunteer housing. We typically arrive Sunday evening for an orientation meeting and depart for home on Saturday morning after cleaning the dorms, kitchen, and social gather space.

Below are the details of registration and important documents. Anyone is welcome to volunteer, but please note that we are seeking at least a few volunteers with construction experience who would help direct their other volunteers.


For adults (18 years and older) please use this registration form: IKC 2024 Work Camp Registration Form – Adult.

For minors use this registration form: IKC 2024 Work Camp Registration Form – Minor. Please note minors must be accompanied by adults at the ratio of 2 adults per every five youth volunteers.

The registration form asks the volunteers to read the following document:

Background Check Procedure

If you have not had a background check conducted in the past five years and you would like to volunteer for a work camp in 2024, please email the IKC office, to receive an invitation to the Praesidium log-in page to complete your background check. When you log in you will be asked to pay a $12.00 background check fee using your personal credit card. Once you have been approved by Praesidium, the IKC office will be advised, who will in turn advise the DPRMT that you have been vetted.

We are more than just clean-up and support during disasters. The DPRMT helps churches and individuals to be prepared to prevent disaster.

We are happy to resource churches with information about preparing and dropping off Church World Service (CWS) Emergency Clean-Up Buckets. Here’s what you need to know. The link below will take you to the CWS site with details about bucket and kits contents and preparation.

Need help buying supplies? The Global H.O.P.E Disaster Ministry is once again offering up to a $250.00 matching grant to UCC congregations to supplement their efforts in assembling these buckets. Click here to apply for the grant.

2024 CWS Depots Drop-off sites and dates: 

Second Presbyterian Church: 7700 North Meriden St, Indianapolis, IN 46260
Dropoff dates and times:
May 20-23, Monday-Thursday, 10:00am-3:00pm; May 28-31, Tuesday-Friday, 10:00am-3:00pm; October 21-25, Monday-Friday, 10:00am-3:00pm; October 28-November 1, Monday-Friday, 10:00am-3:00pm
Second Presbyterian Church
7700 North Meriden St
Indianapolis, IN 46260
Lisa Enright

Bethlehem UCC: 6400 Oak Hill Rd, Evansville, IN 47725
Dropoff dates and times:
September 30 through October 12, Monday-Sunday
Bethlehem UCC
6400 Oak Hill Rd
Evansville, IN 47725
Andrea Gander
Call to make an appointment for drop offs.

CWS Service Center Annex: 28606 Phillips St., Elkhart, IN 46514
Dropoff dates and times:
Year Round, Monday-Friday, By Appointment Only
CWS Service Center Annex
28606 Phillips St.
Elkhart, IN 46514
Shannon Dombrowski

Please email Shannon in advance to make an appointment to drop off the kits. If you don’t have access to email, please call 1-800-297-1516 and leave a message. Someone will return your call soon.

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