United States Disaster Response

When disasters happen, it is local churches that provide the first response to their communities. This basic understanding – that disaster response is local – forms the foundation for UMCOR’s U.S. disaster training and response efforts.

When responding to a disaster in the United States, UMCOR works with the conference disaster response ministries to provide the following:

  • Financial assistance - emergency grants may be sent when a bishop of the affected conference contacts UMCOR;
  • Expertise - UMCOR's disaster-response experience and knowledge are made available to those in need;
  • Networking - connections with volunteers, experts, local government and other organizations can help communities recover from disaster.

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.

Hurricane Dorian

As Hurricane Dorian nears the southeast region of the U.S., please join us in prayer for those in that will be impacted in the days ahead. 

We have been monitoring the situation and are in close contact with Conference Disaster Response Coordinators in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. They are well-equipped and prepared to respond to the storms in their area. 

A solidarity grant has been awarded to the Florida Annual Conference to undergird initial response efforts. 

You can help, too, by continuing to pray for those in the path of Hurricane Dorian and by making a donation to the response efforts. 

 The advance number is 901670

UMCOR will provide further updates as they become available. For the most up to date information, follow the UMCOR Facebook page.