Preparing for Hurricane Matthew

Disaster response begins with preparation. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with its partners along the southeast coast of the United States to be ready for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew.  The hurricane has claimed several lives and caused significant damage in Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. While preparing for the [...]

The United Methodist Church responds when disasters strike.

The southeast United States is preparing for yet another severe storm with high winds and heavy rain.  This news comes as several states are still trying to clean up from earlier devastating storms. A mid-August storm caused wide-spread flooding in parts of Louisiana. “In two days, we received 6,000,000,000,000 gallons of water – yes, SIX. [...]

Preparing to Serve

By Rick Wolcott* “It’s not if, but when will a disaster hit,” said Greg Forrester, UMCOR Assistant General Secretary Domestic Disaster Response.  “Training helps so that we can be proactive, not reactive when the time arrives.” The North Central Jurisdiction Disaster Response Academy is taking place at Camp Asbury in Hiram, Ohio through Saturday, September [...]