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

Preparing for Matthew
As Hurricane Matthew barrels through the Caribbean, UMCOR reaches out to partners in preparation for response.
UMCOR Relief Supplies Are Visible Sign of Hope
UMCOR relief supplies bring hope to flood survivors in Louisiana, and connects volunteers with disaster survivors.
Donate This, Not That!
Know the best ways you can help when disaster strikes.
The Strength of Flood Survivors in West Virginia
Pastor Lee Ann Dunlap of Grace UMC in McConnelsville, Ohio, shares her experience after visiting some of the hardest-hit communities in West ...
How UMCOR Stretches Your “Disaster Dollar”
What is a “low-attention” disaster?
Peru: Building Capacity to Reduce Disaster Risk
UMCOR trains communities in Peru how to protect themselves against future hazards, lessening their risk of disasters, and empowering them to ...
Flood Recovery Wraps Up
Volunteers are still needed to help Detroit residents repair their damaged homes two years after devastating floods.
With UMCOR School Kits, Cambodian Children Are Ready to Study
In rural Cambodia, UMCOR and partner provide students nearly 17,000 school kits.
New Relief-Supply Depot Enhances Preparedness and Response
A new disaster relief-supply depot in West Virginia is helping thousands of flood survivors.
Sri Lanka: Interlocking Assistance After Cyclone Damage
UMCOR partners with several organizations to serve the differing needs of cyclone-affected communities in Sri Lanka.
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