Puerto Rican Methodists Tackle Earthquake Response

Puerto Rican Methodists Tackle Earthquake Response

1/10/2020

Puerto Rican Methodists Tackle Earthquake Response
By Dan Curran
Jan. 10, 2020 | UM News

A series of earthquakes in recent weeks has left the people of Puerto Rico in a constant state of unease and distress.

The Methodist Church of Puerto Rico has shared in that unease, but also is responding to the situation through its own disaster response organization and through partnership with the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

Experience gained from the Hurricane Maria recovery has been an asset in this response, said Glorymar Rivera-Báez, program director for disaster recovery with Rebuilding Communities With Hope (REHACE). Rivera-Báez was in touch with UMCOR’s U.S. Disaster Response team immediately after the earthquakes began.

“Although this is a time of great hardship, one positive aspect is that we already had a strong disaster response system in place because of our Hurricane Maria work, plus we have an ongoing relationship with UMCOR,” she explained.

“The advice, trainings and financial support they have provided to the people of Puerto Rico will most certainly help us respond to this current situation.” Read more>