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Disaster Response and Recovery

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) responds to disasters in the United States and around the world by working with communities and local partners. When a disaster overwhelms a community’s ability to recover on its own, UMCOR provides essential relief supplies and supports long-term rebuilding efforts. While UMCOR is not a first-response organization, it stands ready to accompany communities in need over the long haul of their recovery until a “new normal” is established after a crisis. “Early in and last out” is a guiding principle of UMCOR.

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Learn more about UMCOR and how our partners work to alleviate suffering around the world beyond disaster response efforts.

 

UMCOR administers disaster response and relief assistance through two programs, US Disaster Response and International Disaster Response. Learn more about each through the links below.

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The Impact of Disaster Reponse and Recovery 

Welcome the stranger: act boldly on World Refugee Day

General secretary Thomas Kemper urges United Methodists to not only remember, but respond, to the needs of the record 70.8 million displaced people in the world today.

Methodist Church of Brazil welcomes migrants: Shade and Fresh Water

From the Brazilian Methodist Church, a story of welcome and service with Venezuelan refugees arriving in Boa Vista, Brazil.

Ensuring universal rights and welcome for global migrants

This overview of UMCOR’s global migration work includes places of welcome, food for body and spirit, education, legal help and many more ways that United Methodists serve and support migrants around the world.

Fire season advances as California rebuilds

As wildfire season approaches, United Methodists continue to rebuild from previous wildfires, like the Camp Fire in Paradise, California last year, and share ways to prepare for what might come next.

In Focus: Migration

For the month of June, follow along as we highlight the ways in which UMCOR is working to support the rights of migrants all over the world.

United Methodists offer lifeline to reservation

In South Dakota, UMCOR is coming alongside the people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in both community development and disaster relief.