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

Relief for the weary in Syria
Displaced families in Syria are exhausted by the harsh living conditions from the ongoing civil war. However, with support from UMCOR, famil ...
A Message from Bishop Hee-Soo Jung
“In this season of Thanksgiving, give special thanks to our global connectional witness, particularly the blessing that is UMCOR.” Read Bish ...
UMCOR Responds to Rohingya Refugee Crisis
The migrant crisis in Asia continues to escalate as more tragedies among Myanmar’s ethnic minority population, Rohingya Muslims, are exposed ...
UMCOR Grants to Boost Hurricane Relief Efforts
United Methodist Board of Global Ministries approves $7 million for 2017 hurricanes and other U.S. disasters...
Standing in Solidarity with Puerto Rico
The 2017 hurricane season caused Puerto Rico unprecedented levels of destruction, devastating the lives of millions of people and leaving hu ...
UMCOR Responds to Earthquakes in Mexico
UMCOR is communication with its partners in the impacted region, including the local Methodist Church, and is ready to support with relief e ...
Responding to Northwest Forest Fires
UMCOR is in communication with Conference Disaster Response Coordinators in the northwest who are monitoring active forest fires.
UMCOR Responds to Hurricane Maria
UMCOR is in communications with its partners in the Caribbean region and is ready to provide relief to survivors of hurricane Maria.
Responding to Mudslides in Sierra Leone
On Monday, August 14, 2017, Sierra Leone experienced torrential rain, triggering a series of heavy floods and mudslides in Freetown, the cap ...
World Refugee Day: Standing with Refugees
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees defines a refugee as a person who is forced to flee their home because of violence, war, o ...

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