Rev. Dr. Janet Bell Odom

Disaster Response Coordinator

972-526-5040 or toll free 800-815-6690

Rev. Dr. Janet Bell Odom is the Disaster Response Coordinator for the North Texas Annual Conference. She is the first to call UMCOR if a disaster happens for this conference. Contact 800-969-8201, should a disaster occur.

UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is the humanitarian relief and development agency of The United Methodist Church, a worldwide denomination. Compelled by Christ, UMCOR responds to natural or human made disasters — those interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own.

Local Response

When disaster strikes, the local church usually provides the first response. This basic understanding — that disaster response is local — helps form a foundation for UMCOR’s national training and response.

UMCOR, through its partnership with annual conferences, has the capability to arrive immediately in response to large disasters. They can provide advice, counseling and mentoring. UMCOR only responds at the invitation of and through the local Annual Conference. They work with a highly-trained network of staff and volunteers to assist annual conferences in developing an appropriate response to all phases of a disaster.

The United Methodists in the North Texas region can provide:

  • Clean-up Teams with badges and specialized training in muck-out, tarping, and chainsaw.
  • Case Management
  • Mass Shelter (in cooperation with the Red Cross)
  • Volunteer Rebuilding Teams

Long-Term Recovery

UMCOR works with the annual conference and local community to set up a long-term response to disasters. UMCOR-trained case managers work with survivors to plan and implement their personal recovery plans.

Case managers walk with survivors through the complicated maze of insurance and FEMA applications as well as connect the with Volunteer in Mission teams and organizations that can provide for their specific needs. In short, case managers work as the survivor’s advocate to receive recovery assistance.

Recovery Office

  • 469-243-1008 or 469-243-6906

Hours of Operation

  • Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.


UMCOR provides training to annual conferences and local churches on disaster preparation and response. UMCOR also offers close guidance in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Subjects covered in either pre-disaster or post-disaster training include but are not limited to:

  • Conference disaster organization
  • Selection and hiring of staff
  • Coordination with other response agencies
  • Budget building
  • Volunteer management
  • Case Management
  • Spiritual and emotional care for children, youth, adults and older adults.

Partnership with Volunteers in Mission

UMCOR helps annual conferences prepare for and coordinate volunteers in the disaster zone. UMCOR’s partner, the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM), provides an important source of volunteers.

By coordinating with UMVIM, UMCOR sends trained Early Response Teams (ERT) to specific locations. They begin immediate response — cleaning up and making homes safe, sanitary and secure.

UMCOR helps annual conferences or local sites set up a “Call Center” where those wishing to volunteer can find a place to serve.

UMCOR carefully coordinates with UMVIM about when it is appropriate to send teams and which skills are needed in a particular area.