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

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?
Alaska Fires: God Is Present
Global Ministries church and community worker Fran Lynch offers firsthand account of fires raging outside of Anchorage, Alaska.
Cal-Pac Prepares for 2017 Disaster Risk Reduction Training
Churches are buying into disaster risk reduction and recognizing the ways they can reduce disaster risk.
UMCOR and Partners Meet a Variety of Nepal Recovery Needs
UMCOR has so far provided about $625,000 in relief aid after a devastating earthquake.
The Disaster-Prepared Dad
Some different gifts for Father’s Day.
Top Five Disaster Preparedness Tips
How hurricane-ready are you?
Plains Flood Relief and Recovery Update
Even as rain continues to fall in the U.S. southern plains, disaster responders have one eye on relief and one on long-term recovery.
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 ...
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