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

More than 60 Homes Built in Cuba after Sandy
UMCOR is working with the Methodist Church in Cuba to rebuild 100 homes and 21 churches.
UMCOR Assesses Damage After Tornado Outbreak
UMCOR confers with conference disaster response coordinators after tornado outbreak.
UMCOR and Reps from 11 Countries Gather on Disaster Response Readiness
UMCOR International Disaster Response and Disaster Risk Reduction staff hosted the weeklong gathering in the Philippines.
GEOCOR Emerges from Georgia Field Mission
UMCOR has empowered a new, local organization to continue its humanitarian work in Georgia.
Ecumenical Tornado Response in Mississippi
In Mississippi, UMCOR and Mennonites find strength together.
UMCOR Assessing Response to Vanuatu Cyclone
Cyclone Pam tore through the island nation of Vanuatu over the weekend and caused widespread destruction.
'Do Something Here and Now'
Can your church meet UMCOR’s Relief-Kit Challenge?
75 Years—How UMCOR Continues to Make a Difference
UMCOR remains constant and relevant in a changing world.
One Great Hour of Sharing is March 15
Out of the headlines — in UMCOR’s care.
75 Years—The 2000s
After the 9/11 tragedy, the work of UMCOR is further defined and results in multiple office openings in response to human need.
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