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As Hurricane Sandy bore down on millions of people, The United Methodist Church was already helping them prepare, respond, and cope with their fear.

United Methodist Early Response Teams (ERT) from many states were put on alert, and will deploy only after emergency officials give the okay. "At this point we're waiting out the storm," said Carol Brozosky, an ERT leader from New Jersey, which has more than 150 ERT responders statewide.

"We are making sure that our neighbors have taken precautions to ride out the storm," said Claire Chichester from her home in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in advance of the massive storm. Chichester received training as a case manager through UMCOR and now works with the interfaith recovery committee, Somerset Area Disaster Response.

She urged people to remember to support long-term recovery long after Hurricane Sandy fades from the media. "Please, please help UMCOR over the long term," she said. "Help people repair and replace, and recover. We are not even finished with [Hurricane] Irene recovery. People need to know this will take a long time." Read more.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) already has supplied $50,000 in emergency response grants, while Early Response Teams mobilize for cleanup. Read More.

Please help now. Please help in years to come. Donate to UMCOR US Disaster Response, Hurricanes 2012, Advance #3021787. You can also text the word RESPONSE to 80888 to give an immediate $10 donation.


Pray for families in the Bahamas, Haiti, and the Northeastern US who are picking up the pieces in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.


The free UMCOR app provides you with up-to-date information about UMCOR’s work. You can now see alerts, the UMCOR Hotline, blog, and other informative items on your mobile device. Get your UMCOR app today for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Use the QR code on the right to download it now


This Christmas give the gift of life and hope. Use the Rethink Christmas UMCOR Alternative Gift Catalog to guide your giving through UMCOR. You can help build a hospital, provide appliances to a family who lost theirs in a storm, help farmers learn new agricultural techniques, and more.

And, please pray for those who are hungry, displaced, sick or in poverty because of natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister to them.

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United Methodist Committee on Relief
General Board of Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church
Room 1520, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115
Voice Phone: 1-212-870-3816; FAX: 1-212-870-3624

Mission Statement:
Compelled by Christ to be a voice of conscience on behalf of the people called Methodist, UMCOR works globally to alleviate human suffering and advance hope and healing.

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A work crew arrives to clear a street of a downed tree in Bronx, New York, following Hurricane Sandy. The massive storm left billions of dollars in damages and at least 50 deaths in the US Northeast.

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