UMCOR

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 Responds with Thoughtful Urgency to Ebola Outbreak
UMCOR works with local partners to provide high-quality, needed supplies in response to the epidemic.
'We Were Totally Devastated'
United Methodist volunteers and other faith groups assist in Galena, Alaska, recovery.
Bishop Ward Offers Pastoral Response to the Ebola Crisis
The president of Global Ministries describes the unique role of The United Methodist Church in responding to the Ebola crisis in West Africa ...
Philippines: New UMCOR Homes for Typhoon Survivors
Typhoon survivors in the Philippines prepare to move into new homes constructed by UMCOR.
School, Health Kits Needed for Haiti
Can you help UMCOR reach 50,000 children in Haiti?
United Methodist Mission Leaders Express Solidarity with those Suffering in Iraq
Bishop Hope Morgan Ward and General Secretary Thomas Kemper make statement and encourage prayer for those under oppression in Iraq.
Supplies Reach Remote Alaskan Village
Alaska—a different face of disaster recovery.
Gaza Emergency Response Includes Food and Water for Displaced
With support from UMCOR, partner ANERA distributes relief aid in Gaza.
Ebola Emergency
UMCOR responds to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, as the fatal illness continues to take its toll.
'Recovery Moves Like a Glacier'
How is flood recovery in Florida like a glacier?
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