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

Methodist Church of Haiti and UMCOR Rebuild Historic School
UMCOR and the Methodist Church of Haiti celebrate the dedication of a new secondary school building, one of three New College Bird school bu ...
Sarah’s Story in Jordan
UMCOR relief-supply kits supplement health workshops for Syrian refugees in Jordan.
Recovery in Louisiana: Hope and Promise
Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, Louisiana Annual Conference, recognizes the process of disaster recovery from devastating floods in Louisiana, ...
UMCOR Grants Target U.S. Flooding
Nearly $2 million for disaster response funding for flooding in four U.S. states was approved during the UMCOR board meeting in Atlanta, Ga.
Preparing for Matthew
As Hurricane Matthew barrels through the Caribbean, UMCOR reaches out to partners in preparation for response.
UMCOR Relief Supplies Are Visible Sign of Hope
UMCOR relief supplies bring hope to flood survivors in Louisiana, and connects volunteers with disaster survivors.
How UMCOR Stretches Your “Disaster Dollar”
What is a “low-attention” disaster?
In Virginia, Churches Rally for Tornado Recovery
Congregations help boost recovery after tornadoes last February caused widespread destruction.
Ecuador: Aid for Earthquake Recovery
UMCOR is responding with food and water to communities affected by the April 16 earthquake in Ecuador.
Bishop Seeks Help, Prayers for Ecuador
As relief agencies deploy following an earthquake in Ecuador, Bishop Silvio Cevallos, Evangelical UMC of Ecuador, makes an appeal for prayer ...

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