Emergency Response

90,000 people
killed, and 160 million affected every year by natural disasters
$155 billion
is the cost of natural disasters in 2018 worldwide
There were 124 declared disasters
in the US in 2018

UMR’s Domestic Emergency Response team responds to a variety of needs after disasters. Natural disasters differ in their timeline and magnitude of damages and losses. For example, earthquakes and hurricanes are rapid-onset disasters that hit with a peak of damage then recede. Drought and floods are slow-onset disasters that hit with little harm but get more complicated as time progresses. UMR works with respective authorities and community organizations to identify and prioritize needs of each type, mobilize resources, and plan the delivery. As of January 2019, UMR has become a proud member of the National VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster).

UMR focuses on delivering essential emergency needs during disasters so families receive items such as food parcels, new clothes, hygiene kits, cash vouchers, and more.

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