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

How Natural are Media's 'Natural Disasters'?
UMCOR’s Disaster Risk Reduction Executive Yovanna Troansky speaks for many on the front lines of emergency assistance in taking exception to ...
In Ferguson, “Who is Not Being Heard?”
What can we learn from Ferguson?
Meeting International Standards in Faith-Based Disaster Response and Risk Reduction
UMCOR trainers work with partners around the world to improve disaster response standards and disaster risk reduction.
Taking “Natural” Out of Disasters
A look at why disasters are not natural.
80,000 People Affected by South Carolina Flooding
South Carolina needs your volunteer team to assist in flood recovery.
Methodists Take Lead to Help Storm-Damaged Pasco
Disaster recovery assistance in the wake of severe summer rains and flooding in Pasco County, Florida will follow a case management model es ...
Gov. Nikki Haley Passes Out UMCOR Health Kits
The Governor and her team have been distributing UMCOR health kits made and collected by United Methodists around the state.
A Church in Texas Helps Immigrants on Their Journey
Bus station response meets the needs of immigrants on the spot.
Haiti: Self-built Homes for Earthquake Survivors
Haitian families get new homes thanks to their own labors and assistance from UMCOR and partners.
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