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

Israel/Palestine: Call to Pray and Respond
Missionaries Alex Awad and Kristen Brown offer a prayer and urge United Methodists to pray for the Israel/Palestine conflict.
After Losses, Alabama Town Plans Shelter
For a small Alabama town, a storm shelter will stem a tide of loss.
Church Seeks to Meet Needs in Border Crisis
United Methodists are working to ease the crisis due to a sharply increased flow of unaccompanied minors and others from Central America com ...
Turkey: Caring in Disaster’s Aftermath
UMCOR aids partner in food relief to mine explosion survivors.
Faith-Based Organizations Host Disaster Recovery Volunteers in Alaska
Faith-based organizations in Anchorage and Fairbanks are welcoming hundreds of volunteers as they help rebuild communities hit by last year’ ...
Young Children Raise UMCOR Awareness
Young children in Brunswick, Georgia, raise money and awareness for UMCOR disaster relief.
After Tornado, Missouri Church Focuses on Disaster Response
Three years after a tornado tore through Joplin, Missouri, the town is recovering well. In the heart of it all, Saint Paul UMC maintains a f ...
'Lives Were Changed Forever' in Alabama
Alabama remembers 2011 storms and responds to new tornadoes.
Battling the Balkans Floods
UMCOR partners in the Balkans help families and whole communities recover from massive flooding.
UMCOR Responds to Immigration Crisis
UMCOR expedited emergency funds to support local church response to a “rising flow” of refugees at the U.S./Mexico border.
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