UMCOR USDR responds to natural disasters, human caused disasters, civil uprisings, and other issues as relates to alleviating human suffering. UMCOR partners with UMC Annual Conferences and local churches to train, equip, and deploy volunteers to meet the needs of disaster affected communities offering support for cleanup, rebuilding, Spiritual and emotional care, disaster risk reduction, material supplies, etc. Working with United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) and through the Global Ministries Mission Volunteers office - UMCOR trains and equips teams and individuals for various phases of disaster response. UMCOR works in cooperation and collaboration with other voluntary agencies (NVOAD) and governmental partners for a whole community approach to disaster response and recovery. UMCOR USDR engages in Disaster Risk Reduction and mitigation through principles of "building back better", community education, equipping response teams, engaging local /district church preparedness, and identifying/engaging vulnerable populations.
Goals & Objectives
1. Training/equipping Annual Conferences, local churches, communities, and individuals for disaster preparedness/response and deployment of trained volunteers for relief and recovery phases.
2. Provide consultation and expertise to communities responding to and recovering from disaster.
3. Financial assistance through a supervised and articulated granting system for relief, response, and mitigation (DRR) operations.
4. Through cooperation, communication, coordination, and collaboration connect with other voluntary organizations (NVOAD), community organizations (COAD), and governmental agencies for whole community response and preparedness while keeping to accepted humanitarian aid standards.