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

Liberia Partners in Mission Together
Participants from 14 annual conferences, including Global Ministries staff, gather at the Liberia Partners Summit to partner, intercede and ...
Help for Recovery after South Asia Floods
UMCOR and partners meet food and hygiene needs after South Asia’s worst monsoon caused devastating floods and landslides.
'Being There to Listen'
After a disaster, survivors aren’t looking for answers so much as for a chance to tell their story.
Firm Foundations, One Year After Philippines Typhoon
After 2013 typhoon, Filipino town sees new homes, stronger community.
Music Ties Church To Typhoon Survivors
Listen to the sounds of Typhoon Haiyan response.
After Two Years, 'Hidden' Sandy Survivors
Where are the ‘hidden’ survivors of Hurricane Sandy?
After China Quake, Partnerships Promote Recovery
UMCOR's partnerships and alliances allow it to extend disaster assistance into many corners of the globe.
Church Creatively Helps Ebola Response
Kansas church raises funds to support UMCOR efforts in response to Ebola.
Children’s Blessing
Children of First United Methodist Church in Hays, Kansas, bless UMCOR with gift of health kits.
Alaska Recovery Complete Before Winter
Volunteers “beat the wintertime clock” in Alaska.
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