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.
Flooding in Arkansas
All Early Response Teams are prepared to respond to the record-breaking flooding in communities along the Arkansas River. UMCOR has awarded a $10,000 solidarity grant to the Arkansas Conference to assist with initial and immediate relief efforts. Clean-outs will be the primary response as waters recede. UMCOR cleaning and hygiene kits and conference trailers stocked with clean up equipment will greatly assist in those efforts.
Tornadoes in Indiana and Ohio
Assessments are being conducted on damage done by a string of devastating tornadoes. UMCOR has awarded a $10,000 solidarity grant to the West Ohio Conference to assist with initial and immediate relief efforts. Early Response Teams are on standby in West Ohio and space for volunteers is being coordinated in Indiana.
Tornadoes and flooding in Oklahoma
UMCOR has awarded $10,000 solidarity grants to both the Oklahoma Conference and the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. The conferences are conducting assessments as areas become accessible, setting up staging areas for volunteer teams to be accommodated and preparing to accept Early Response Teams. UMCOR is in close communication with the conferences as the response continues to unfold.
Severe weather in the midwestern United States
UMCOR remains in close connection with the annual conferences responding to the effects of severe weather this Spring in the midwestern United States. Assessments and support are ongoing in the Iowa, Dakotas, Great Plains, Wisconsin and Mountain Sky conferences.
UMCOR awarded $10,000 solidarity grants and supported Early Response Teams with “Train the Trainer” courses for many of these conferences. Volunteers continue to help in numerous ways: muck out operations, debris removal, supporting temporary shelter operations and working with local partners on next steps in recovery.
Severe weather in the southeastern United States
In states such as Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida, disaster preparedness training equipped conferences and churches to respond effectively to tornadoes and flooding. Solidarity grants were awarded, Early Response Teams and relief supply distribution were deployed, case management is underway and assessments for recovery efforts are ongoing.