US Disaster Response
When disaster strikes, it is local churches that provide the first response to their communities. This basic understanding—that disaster response is local—forms the foundation for UMCOR’s US disaster training and response. First and foremost, UMCOR is a resource for the local response.
When responding to a disaster in the United States, UMCOR provides the following four things:
- Training. UMCOR trains teams of volunteers.
- Financial Assistance. If the bishop of the affected conference contacts UMCOR, an emergency grant may be sent.
- Expertise. UMCOR’s disaster-response experience and knowledge are made available to those in need.
- Networking. Getting connected with NGOs, volunteers, experts, local government, and other organizations can help communities recover from disaster.
The American Red Cross granted UMCOR $2.5 million for Hurricane Sandy recovery projects (direct assistance and inter-agency coordination) which we then sub-granted to the New York and Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conferences (NY, CT, MD). These funds help to extend UMCOR’s support to the conferences’ disaster ministries.
Support this work with your gift to US Disaster Response, Advance #901670.