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

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 ...
From Katrina to Detroit: New Collaborations
After severe 2014 flooding in Detroit, responders draw on Hurricane Katrina connections.
Mission Reborn from Katrina’s Destruction
From the depths of the 2005 hurricane that caused massive damage and suffering along the Gulf Coast, new United Methodist ministries arose.
A Time of Terror — and Caring — After Katrina
Hurricane Katrina brought a new set of rules for response among faith-based and voluntary agencies.
Building Up Capacity of Local Partners in Nepal
UMCOR continues to work with, and build the capacity of several partners, to meet the needs of Nepal earthquake survivors.
Long-Term Recovery Begins after Severe Flooding in Oklahoma
Thousands in need in Oklahoma after record rainfall caused severe flooding.
UMCOR Completes Two Community Storm Shelters in the Philippines
UMCOR is helping at-risk communities protect themselves from typhoons and other hazards.
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