United Methodist Committee on Relief

UMCOR Responds to Hurricane Maria

This page will be regularly updated with information on how UMCOR is responding to hurricane Maria. Please visit UMCOR’s Facebook for additional content.

Monday, October 2, 2017

UMCOR is in communication with Bishop Ortiz Vidal and other leaders of the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico. The Methodist Church of Puerto Rico has invited UMCOR to partner with them in their relief and recovery efforts with training, project development support, and grants. UMCOR is preparing funding support to our partners on the island. New York Annual Conference is exploring ways to support those coming to New York City from Puerto Rico to relocate. Florida Annual Conference will also seek ways to address the needs of survivors coming to Florida from Puerto Rico. UMCOR is in communication with both conferences and is ready to support them upon request.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

In response to the devastation caused by hurricane Maria, UMCOR’s partners in Puerto Rico have welcomed UMCOR support. Bishop Hector Ortiz and the conference’s disaster response coordinator are assessing the greatest needs on the island. UMCOR is prepared to training, project development support, and grants as soon as needs are identified. UMCOR will coordinate any volunteer efforts in cooperation with the church in Puerto Rico. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

With the passing of the storm, hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico with severe damage to homes, power lines, and widespread flooding. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Maria is the "most devastating storm to hit the island this century, if not in modern history."

Officials from Puerto Rico’s power companies say that Puerto Ricans might not get power back for four to six months, however, hospitals and water systems will get priority power restoration. Powered by emergency generators, the island's largest airport, the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, was opened to receive military and rescue operations on Thursday.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

UMCOR has reached out to partners on the island of Dominica who have previously attended UMCOR trainings. We have requested they send a situational report and their plans for responding to the effects of hurricane Maria on the island.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Hurricane Maria made landfall early Wednesday morning in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm. Officials on the U.S. territory reported wind speeds at 155 miles per hour. The storm has killed at least nine people in the region.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

UMCOR is in contact with the Methodist Church in Puerto Rico and with other partners in the Caribbean region.


5 Things You Can Do

1. Please continue to pray for those whose lives will be impacted by hurricane Maria. 

2. Make relief kits, send complete kits to our relief-supply depots or an affiliate warehouseDownload the packing list and shipping label.   

3. Partner with UMCOR in responding to the needs of communities and individuals impacted by hurricane Maria. To support U.S. territories, give to U.S. Disaster Response Advance #901670. To give to non-U.S. territories in the Caribbean, please donate to International Disaster Response Advance #982450

To give by mail:

Advance GCFA
P.O. Box 9068 
New York, NY 10087-9068
Please note in the memo line: U.S. Disaster Response Advance 901670 or International Disaster Response Advance #982450

4. Donate only those items requested. 
5. Please wait for an invitation to volunteer.
Download this UMCOR church bulletin insert to share 5 Things You Can Do in response to Maria.

To keep relief supplies in stock, give to Material Resources Advance #901440.   

UMCOR - United Methodist Committee On Relief is grateful for your relentless prayers and support.  

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