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 Supports Conference Flood Relief in Texas, Oklahoma
After severe weather caused widespread damage and casualties, UMCOR has issued emergency grants to the responding conferences.
Responding to a Disaster Requires Patience, Process
After spring storms in Texas, the Central Texas Annual Conference offers insight into its response and offers ways the church can help follo ...
Disaster Risk Reduction, a Good Investment
Disaster risk reduction saves lives and money.
UMCOR and Partners Supply Basic Needs to Families in Syria and Iraq
UMCOR and partners provide relief to displaced families in Syria and Iraq due to the continuing crisis there.
UMCOR Continues Aid for U.S. Tornado Damage
UMCOR responds to an EF-2 tornado which struck Nashville, Arkansas, and provides assistance for Texas tornado damage.
U.S. Tornado Losses Include Two from Texas Church
Twisters in Van, Texas, cause damage and takes the lives of United Methodists David and Brenda Tapley.
UMCOR Ramps Up its Nepal Response Through Partners
UMCOR supports on-the-ground partners in Nepal who can provide quick-acting assistance for earthquake survivors.
Neighbors Don't Forget Neighbors
UMCOR helps counties in southeastern Michigan rebuild water-ravaged communities after last August floods.
Nepal Church Bulletin
Download and share this Nepal church bulletin for ways to meet the practical needs of communities impacted by the April 25 earthquake.
Nepal Relief Challenge: Accessing Rural Villages
United Methodist missionaries report extensive damage outside of Kathmandu and difficulty in getting food and shelter supplies to earthquake ...
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