Current Disaster Response
UMCOR and its partners are responding to disasters in the United States every day. Please join us in prayer for the affected areas and consider giving to UMCOR U.S. Disaster Response to support these efforts. View our “Active Response Map” below and check for live updates on how you can assist beyond financial giving.
In response to the major flooding caused by Hurricane Sally, UMCOR is in contact with conference disaster response coordinators in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. UMCOR is helping to meet immediate needs with financial support, awarding a solidarity grant to the Alabama-West Florida Conference. More than 1,600 cleaning kits from the warehouse in Decatur, Alabama – two truck loads full – have been sent to the impacted areas. The dedicated work of local emergency response teams and conference disaster response coordinators is sustaining the relief effort at this time.
UMCOR awarded solidarity grants to the Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi Conferences to meet immediate needs. UMCOR-trained Emergency Response Teams are present and working in effected areas. As the response continues, UMCOR will work with conference disaster response coordinators and help coordinate cleaning kit distribution as well as supplies and PPE for volunteers. As the recovery for this storm will take years, UMCOR will also provide case management services.
Wildfires in the West
UMCOR is in communication with the affected annual conferences across multiple states as they face and respond to the massive spread of wildfires. Solidarity grants have been awarded to the Pacific Northwest and Oregon-Idaho Conferences.
Midwest U.S. Derecho
Relief efforts for the widespread damage caused by the mighty high-wind storm, or “derecho,” in places such as Iowa and Illinois are being organized by UMCOR-trained conference disaster response coordinators. Emergency response teams have been deployed and UMCOR is in communication with the impacted conferences. A solidarity grant has been awarded to the Iowa Conference.
Through the Caribbean and all along the eastern coast of the United States, heavy wind, rain, flooding and tornadoes brought damage.
Puerto Rico was hit hard while still engaged in recovery from Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, the December 2019/January 2020 Hurricane swarm, and a major economic disruption related to COVID-19. UMCOR awarded a solidarity grant to support the response efforts of the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico (MCPR).
Emergency response teams have been deployed in many states. UMCOR is working with the North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania/Delaware and Eastern Pennsylvania Conferences. UMCOR awarded a solidarity grant to the North Carolina Conference to support their response to coastal damage and tornado recovery.
UMCOR awarded a solidarity grant to undergird the relief and response of the Rio Texas Conference. The conference deployed emergency response teams and received cleaning kits for flood-affected households.
Flooding in Michigan
UMCOR awarded a solidarity grant to the Michigan Conference in response to the flooding brought on by heavy rains and dam failures in central Michigan in late May. The grant provided material support for early response teams as they stabilized, secured and cleaned out the homes of many survivors as well as personal protective equipment for responding United Methodist churches. UMCOR-trained case managers are working alongside clients as they navigate recovery.
Southeastern U.S. storms and tornadoes
In response to the deadly storms that swept across many southern states in the spring, UMCOR awarded solidarity grants the Tennessee Conference, Mississippi Conference, North Alabama Conference, South Carolina Conference and North Georgia Conference to support initial relief efforts. UMCOR continues to be in close communication with conferences during recovery efforts. A recovery grant has been awarded to the Tennessee Conference for the March 2 tornadoes and hail storm.
UMCOR will provide further updates as they become available. For the most up to date information, follow the UMCOR Facebook page.