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 Flood Relief in Dominica
After Tropical Storm Erika struck the island of Dominica, UMCOR and GlobalMedic respond with emergency food items and clean drinking water.
Serbian Communities Reduce Disaster Risk
After massive floods last year, villagers come together to impede future emergencies.
UMCOR School Kits Reach Refugees in Lebanon
The relief supply kits will help Palestinian refugee children from Syria continue their studies.
‘Resilient and Amazing’
Migrant children aren’t just numbers.
European Refugee Aid Goes Beyond Food
Supporting the relief efforts of UMCOR is one way for the denomination as a whole to respond to Europe’s refugee crisis, says Thomas Kemper, ...
Relief Supplies Provide Real Help for People in Need
How can you help provide UMCOR relief supplies to communities in need?
Churches More Prepared Than Ever for Disasters
Ready or not, there will be a next emergency.
UMCOR Holds Training in Africa
More than 25 people from 11 African nations learn humanitarian principles in a training hosted by UMCOR in Zimbabwe.
9th Ward Church Endures After Katrina
The 9th Ward has gone from the most populous ward in New Orleans to a ghost town, but Hartzell United Methodist Church endures.
Slideshow: Katrina Then and Now
Photographer Mike DuBose takes a visual trip back in time to 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and compares the devastation then to ...
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