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

Collaboration Helps Oklahoma Recover
Working together in Oklahoma.
Doing Good Better
From across South America, representatives of Methodist entities attend UMCOR International Disaster Response workshop.
Bangladesh: Reducing Risks
Vulnerable inhabitants of the island of Char Kukri Mukri in Bangladesh build capacity to confront disasters.
United Methodists' Work on Flood Recovery Continues
Local Colorado newspaper highlights UMCOR, Rocky Mountain Conference disaster recovery work.
Prayer for New College Bird Rededication
The 175-year-old Methodist academic institution was severely damaged in the 2010 earthquake and rebuilt.
Ukraine: Support for the Uprooted
UMCOR is working with the United Methodist Church of Eurasia to provide emergency support for Ukrainians displaced by conflict.
'Put Me To Work'
UMCOR’s Greg Forrester returns to his UMVIM roots providing hands-on assistance in Galena, Alaska, recovery.
UMCOR Responds with Thoughtful Urgency to Ebola Outbreak
UMCOR works with local partners to provide high-quality, needed supplies in response to the epidemic.
'We Were Totally Devastated'
United Methodist volunteers and other faith groups assist in Galena, Alaska, recovery.
Bishop Ward Offers Pastoral Response to the Ebola Crisis
The president of Global Ministries describes the unique role of The United Methodist Church in responding to the Ebola crisis in West Africa ...
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