11 November 2013

UMCOR Grant Approved for Typhoon Haiyan

November 11, 2013—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.
UMCOR Assistant General Secretary for International Disaster Response, Rev. Jack Amick, and UMCOR Philippines Head of Mission, Ciony Eduarte, remained in contact over the weekend to discuss a strategic response that would get relief to where it is needed most.  Amick is traveling to the Philippines office tomorrow, November 12, to work with field staff, partners, and needs assessment. UMCOR is also exploring a partnership with GlobalMedic to establish safe water points in critical areas.

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