United Methodist Committee on Relief

Disaster Response

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.
UMCOR Philippines volunteers distribute food packages to communities affected by  Typhoon Saola, also known locally as Gener, in 2012.

Disaster Response News

Climate Change Has Become a Disaster
Caring for God's creation is responding to human needs in the wake of disasters and also addressing the effects of climate change.
UMCOR Board Approves Philippines, Haiti, and US Grants
UMCOR’s board of directors approves more than $5 million in grants for work in the Philippines, Haiti and the United States.
‘The Kits are Coming!’
When congregations engage in relief supplies ministry, they do a world of good through UMCOR.
India: Readiness and Reducing Risks
UMCOR expands disaster risk reduction projects with CASA, a partner in India, to equip communities to prepare for disasters.
Mudslide update: Our impact, dollars at work for Oso relief
Pacific Northwest Annual Conference shares an update on United Methodist’s response to Oso, Washington mudslide disaster.
A Blessing for the People of Chile
The Rev. Jack Amick offers a prayer of blessing for Chile following an earthquake which shook the country on April 1.
Earthquake Rocks Northern Chile
An 8.2 magnitude earthquake shakes northern Chile. UMCOR is monitoring the situation closely and is in contact with local partners.
Relief Kits: A ‘Forever Mission’
Florence Millard, who celebrated her 95th birthday, had UMCOR on her gift list.
Syrian Refugee Crisis Challenges Us to Respond
Displaced people, among the least of our brothers and sisters, remind us we still live in a broken world.
Philippines: Challenges of Typhoon Recovery
Ciony Ayo-Eduarte, UMCOR Philippines director, stands strong for others in the throes of Typhoon Haiyan recovery.
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