United Methodist Committee on Relief

January 13, 2016 | UMCOR Hotline

The UMCOR Hotline for January 13, 2016

In this issue of the UMCOR Hotline, learn how UMCOR is responding to disasters in the U.S and supporting displaced families in the Ukraine.


An Early Response Team from the Louisiana Conference assisted affected residents in Texas, removing debris and tarping rooftops in the wake of devastating tornadoes.
Over the Christmas and New Year’s week, severe storms caused major flooding that inundated parts of the South and Midwest, and also spawned powerful, deadly tornadoes.

About 25 people were killed after tornadoes barreled through Texas. According to the National Weather Service, 11 of the deaths were in the Dallas area, which was struck by nine twisters, including an EF4 tornado in nearby Garland, with wind gusts up to 200 miles per hour.

Flash floods due to record rainfall in Illinois, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama, Kansas, Arkansas, and Tennessee caused additional fatalities and damage in what became a weeklong outbreak of severe weather.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) responded to the flood and tornado outbreak with emergency funding to the Central Texas, Mississippi, North Texas, and Tennessee Annual Conferences. The agency is in contact with the Missouri and Great Plains conferences to provide aid for disaster recovery in those areas. UMCOR is also working with national partners in planning for additional flood response along the Mississippi River, where floodwaters are moving downstream.

According to Greg Forrester, UMCOR’s U.S. Disaster Response executive, Early Response Teams have been deployed to assess damages and provide recovery assistance in eight conferences, including the Oklahoma Conference, which in addition to flooding was shaken, without damages or casualties, by an earthquake.

More than 2,500 cleanup buckets were shipped from UMCOR’s Relief-Supply Network for distribution in the areas of need; another 720 cleanup buckets, plus 1,400 health kits were delivered to flood-affected residents in Missouri.

As severe weather and additional threats from river flooding continue, you can respond with your gifts to U.S. Disaster Response, Advance #901670.

Winter temperatures can drop to as low as minus 20 degrees Celsius in Ukraine. As the winter months set in, conditions for families who have fled violence in eastern Ukraine continue to worsen. Families who lack adequate shelter or clothing are especially vulnerable to frigid temperatures.

UMCOR, in partnership with GlobalMedic, has delivered winterization kits for 400 displaced families currently settled in Kiev. The kits include thermal hats, gloves, blankets, kettles, household heaters, thermal underwear, and other supplies that help protect families from the cold weather.

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UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit You can donate to any project by placing a contribution in the offering plate at a local United Methodist church by sending a check to:

PO Box 9068
New York, NY 10087-9068
or by calling 1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. You can also give online by clicking any of the "DONATE" links or make a $10 donation anytime by texting "UMCOR" to 41444 to support our relief efforts around the world. UMCOR is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors.

Please pray for those who are hungry, displaced, sick, or in poverty because of these and other natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister with them.

Photo Caption

Image 1: An Early Response Team from the Louisiana Conference assisted affected residents in Texas, removing debris and tarping rooftops in the wake of devastating tornadoes. Photo: Louisiana Annual Conference.


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