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

75 Years—The 2000s
After the 9/11 tragedy, the work of UMCOR is further defined and results in multiple office openings in response to human need.
Preschools Refurbished for Syrian Refugee Children
UMCOR and ANERA partner to create safe, hope-filled learning environment for the smallest refugees.
Church Responds to Devastating Mozambique Floods
Church leaders meeting in the southern part of the country learned how Mozambican United Methodists are reaching out.
UMCOR Aids Those Displaced by War in Ukraine
UMCOR and local partners respond to the needs of those impacted by ongoing violence in Ukraine.
75 Years—The 1970s and 1980s
From resettling refugees in Laos and Vietnam to the classification of UMCOR’s ministry as the four “Rs”, a look at UMCOR’s work during thi ...
Disaster Training? It's In Your Area
Join thousands of others in training for disaster response.
75 Years —The 1950s and 1960s
After the end of WWII, UMCOR’s war relief continued. Read through the 1950 and 1960 decades in celebration of UMCOR’s 75-year anniversary.
Philippines: ‘Build Back Better’ Works
Post-Haiyan homes weather two storms.
75 Years—The 1940s
A look at UMCOR’s beginnings in the 1940s.
Churches Open Hearts in Detroit
Help break the silence of flood survivors in Detroit.
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