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

Helping Flood Survivors in Detroit Find a New Normal
Hundreds are in need one year after Detroit flooding.
Food Aid for Yemen
In this video, UMCOR partner Muslim Aid chronicles food aid support for thousands of families affected by conflict in Yemen.
UMCOR Broadens its Scope of Support to Pakistan Partner
UMCOR provides training on disaster-risk reduction, but also includes water, sanitation and hygiene and agricultural development support for ...
Young Kansas Volunteers Go from Recovery to Response
Young volunteers from Lawrence First UMC in Kansas help with Colorado flood recovery and unexpectedly became first responders due to new flo ...
VBS Children in Texas Raise Nearly $1,500 for Nepal
How hundreds of children learned to climb Mount Everest while learning a valuable lesson on giving.
Fire Protection for Northern Cheyenne Community
UMCOR grants to the Rocky Mountain Conference assists the Northern Cheyenne Reservation with a fire engine and the construction of fire engi ...
Youths Support Flood Recovery in Rocky Mountain Conference
Lawrence, Kansas, youth group give their all to helping flood survivors in Colorado.
Youth in India Inspire Others to Action in Reducing Disaster Risk
Youths motivate a village, and women come out in force to help reduce disaster risk.
North Texas Surpasses Relief-Kit Challenge Goal
Can your conference rise to a kit challenge?
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