United Methodist Committee on Relief

Disaster Response

UMCOR Philippines volunteers distribute food packages to communities affected by  Typhoon Saola, also known locally as Gener, in 2012.

UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. Through UMCOR, United Methodists extend loving care to people within the United States, as well as internationally: in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. These beneficiaries are seen as partners, not victims, and UMCOR works to empower them. Wherever possible, UMCOR cooperates with other aid organizations to extend its reach.

In its holistic response to disasters, UMCOR:

  • Offers disaster preparedness training.
  • Provides essential supplies and care—both physical and psychological—in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.
  • Supports long-term rebuilding efforts and assists communities as they adapt.

Disaster Response News

UMCOR Trainings Are a Staple for Disaster Recovery
What you need to know about UMCOR disaster response training.
Iraq: Food for Uprooted Families
UMCOR and International Blue Crescent help meet the needs of populations uprooted by conflict in Iraq.
Prayers Answered After Disaster
After widespread floods and tornadoes in the U.S., UMCOR’s response is more than statistics, it’s personal.
Philippines: Protection Against Future Disasters
Typhoon-resistant community evacuation shelters in the Philippines are part of a disaster risk reduction strategy to weather the next storm. ...
Global Ministries Leader Joins Humanitarian Appeal on Syria
Thomas Kemper among co-signers from 130 organizations calling for peace and access to civilians affected by conflict.
After Severe Rains, Floods, India is Not Forgotten
UMCOR and partner GlobalMedic provide clean water to communities in India after serious flooding.
Filtering Lead-Contaminated Waters in Michigan
After water in Flint, Michigan, became contaminated with lead, UMCOR aids the church in its response to the water crisis.
Hong Kong Refugee Honored for 35 Years of Service to Mission Agency
Julia Chang, senior accountant with Global Ministries, is honored for 35 years of service.
United Methodist Disaster Responders Receive Public Recognition
What do award-winning disaster responders have in common?
Ecuador: Lessening the Impact of Disaster
UMCOR helps communities in Ecuador learn basic measures of disaster risk reduction to lessen the effects of potential dangers from spewing v ...
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