The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) approved an emergency grant in response to Super Typhoon Haiyan, a category 5 storm, which barreled through the Philippines on Friday, November 8.
The $97,000 grant will provide emergency food, water, and water purification tablets to 7,500 individuals (or 1,500 families) in Tacloban City, Leyte Province, an area worst hit by the typhoon. To ensure that food is delivered in a timely fashion, it has been UMCOR’s strategy to purchase food locally to support local economies, and provide culturally-appropriate food to those who lack ready access in the aftermath of a disaster.
UMCOR funding will also build the capacity of local UMCOR Philippines’ staff and volunteers for meeting emergency needs. In the coming days, UMCOR will be conducting needs assessments and planning additional assistance, including material assistance through the UMCOR Relief-Supply Network.
Support UMCOR’s relief and recovery work in the Philippines by giving to International Disaster Response, Advance #982450. All of your gift, 100 percent, will be used to help those in need.
The Missouri Conference is in touch with our brothers and sisters in the Oklahoma Conference to assess the ways we can help. Things you can do RIGHT NOW to assist are; pray for everyone affected/involved/responding, and donate to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Remember 100% of your donation through UMCOR goes directly to this disaster response. And finally keep informed via the Missouri Conference Disaster Response newsletter "The Responder". To subscribe to "The Responder" contact Dan Steska at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on how to volunteer with your presence will be shared in the coming days/weeks. Please remember to be patient as search, rescue, and emergency responders do their work. Our prayer in the Missouri Conference is that we will be able to assist as needed in the future and that our volunteers will do no harm.
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Rev. Tom Hazelwood, UMCOR Assistant General Secretary for US Disaster Response shares this information regarding United Methodist Response to Hurricane Sandy: "There will be a lot of needs as a result of this storm," which meteorologists have referred to as "near historic" in size. "There are many ways you can help, but the most important right now is by giving to UMCOR US Disaster Response, Advance #901670, which will also cover needs in the Caribbean region," he said. Be sure to choose "Hurricanes 2012" from the drop-down menu. For up-to-date Hurricane response information check the Creative Ministries site at www.umocm.com/disaster or contact our Disaster Response staff person, Dan Steska.