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

Longtime UMCOR Disaster Responders Share Ministry Passion
Conference disaster responders are UMCOR “ambassadors,” inspiring the next generations to get involved.
UMCOR Board Approves Funding for Evacuation Shelters in the Philippines
UMCOR evacuation shelters bring hope to Typhoon Haiyan survivors in the Philippines.
UMCOR Board Approves Grants
UMCOR board of directors approve more than $7 million in grants for ongoing disaster response and longer-term development needs.
Understanding Disaster Risk Reduction and the Environment
Disaster Risk Reduction is essential to living in harmony with nature.
Relief-Supply Kits Make a Difference in South Sudan
Relief supply kits are a vital part of UMCOR’s support in South Sudan.
UMCOR Needs Health, School Kits
Another UMC sets and surpasses a relief-kit challenge.
More than 60 Homes Built in Cuba after Sandy
UMCOR is working with the Methodist Church in Cuba to rebuild 100 homes and 21 churches.
UMCOR Assesses Damage After Tornado Outbreak
UMCOR confers with conference disaster response coordinators after tornado outbreak.
UMCOR and Reps from 11 Countries Gather on Disaster Response Readiness
UMCOR International Disaster Response and Disaster Risk Reduction staff hosted the weeklong gathering in the Philippines.
GEOCOR Emerges from Georgia Field Mission
UMCOR has empowered a new, local organization to continue its humanitarian work in Georgia.
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