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 to Hurricane Maria
UMCOR is in communications with its partners in the Caribbean region and is ready to provide relief to survivors of hurricane Maria.
Responding to Mudslides in Sierra Leone
On Monday, August 14, 2017, Sierra Leone experienced torrential rain, triggering a series of heavy floods and mudslides in Freetown, the cap ...
World Refugee Day: Standing with Refugees
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees defines a refugee as a person who is forced to flee their home because of violence, war, o ...
Disaster Risk Reduction: Saving Lives through Empowerment
Communities in the Philippines are some of those vulnerable populations. Due to its position along fault lines and tectonic plates in the Pa ...
Hurricane Matthew Recovery Continues
In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew heavily damaged countries in the Caribbean as well as the East and Gulf coasts of the United States. A fe ...
Reaching Vulnerable Populations in Peru
In mid-March 2017, Peru experienced torrential rainfall, swelling the rivers and causing flash floods and landslides. Much of the northern a ...
Seven Years of UMCOR Response in Haiti
Over the last seven years, UMCOR has had the privilege of working with the Haitian community to develop resilience after the January 12, 201 ...
Reducing the Risk of Disaster
Vulnerable communities can take proactive steps to reduce the damage from storms and other hazards by assessing their risks and developing s ...
Severe Storms Strike Southern and Midwestern States
Midwestern and southern states were hit hard by tornadoes, flooding, and severe storms this past weekend...
Connecting Neighbors for Disaster Response
Cathy Earl, director of Disaster Response and US Partner Relations for UMCOR, describes how UMCOR’s initial response following a disaster in ...
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