United Methodist Committee on Relief

Disaster Response

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UMCOR responds to disasters of great magnitude that overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. Through UMCOR, United Methodists extend loving care to suffering people throughout the world. UMCOR works in partnership with United Methodist Churches and other local partners to address immediate relief and achieve sustainable recovery. This is done in a manner that is consistent with global initiatives, standards, and best practices, with respect for the individuals, families, and communities who “own their recovery.” 

In its holistic response to disasters, UMCOR:

• Offers disaster preparedness training
• Provides essential relief supplies
• Supports long-term rebuilding efforts
• Assists communities as they adapt

UMCOR provides funding, training, expertise, and facilitates partnerships to achieve programmatic goals.  

While UMCOR is not a first-response organization, we stand ready to accompany communities in need over the long haul of their recovery until a “new normal” is established after a crisis.

Disaster Response News

Ready to respond: UMCSC staged to help after Florence floods
The worst is yet to come. Days after Hurricane Florence battered the coastal Carolinas, devastating communities and claiming 32 lives as of ...
Churchgoers pitch in amid Florence's floods
United Methodists in the conference are committed to helping with the recovery and are grateful for the aid already extended.
Picking up pieces after Philippines super typhoon
United Methodists were picking up the pieces and preparing to assist others after the super Typhoon Mangkhut struck the northern part of the ...
Across the U.S., United Methodists welcome immigrants
Jesus did not ask for anyone’s credentials before healing, feeding and sharing God’s love,” says Judith Siaba of the Northern Illinois Annua ...
UMCOR Responds to Current Disasters Around the World
In the wake of recent disasters in the United States and internationally, UMCOR is working with its partners to meet the needs of those in i ...
Journey of a Bucket
The UMCOR Depot in Louisiana sent out more than 31,000 flood kits last year and more through the first five months of 2018. How do United Me ...
Coming Home: Tragedy and Hope in Iraq
When innocent civilians in northern Iraq came home after being displaced by ISIS, thousands were injured or killed by bombs hidden around th ...
Connectional team to respond to local flood disaster
Leaders of St. John’s UMC in Tremont, Pa., Schuylkill County, are working with Eastern PA conference and district disaster response official ...
Frequently Asked Questions about UMCOR Relief Supply Kit Ministry Changes
UMCOR is consolidating the number of kits it provides. Moving forward, UMCOR will supply cleaning kits, hygiene kits and school kits.
No end in sight for church wildfire response
United Methodists in California are again responding to deadly wildfires — on top of ongoing recovery efforts from fires in previous years

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