Breathe new life into communities impacted by disaster by building a culture of strength and hope.
Disasters, whether human-made or natural, impact people’s lives every year. They cause serious disruption in communities, including serious infrastructural, environmental, and personal losses as well as countless deaths.
These disasters cause severe and long-lasting emotional and physical trauma for survivors, which is why it is important to prepare for the unexpected.
The impact of disasters
How disasters can lead to a downward spiral in every aspect of life.
When it comes to disasters, a lack of awareness or understanding of risks can negatively affect people’s readiness, response time, and recovery-especially those who are vulnerable.
- Loss of life
- Loss of livelihood
- Loss of property
- Loss of public infrastructure
- Domestic violence
- Lifestyle changes
- Lack of trust
Impact on the under resourced
For those already lacking key resources to lead a healthy and sustainable life, disasters only make problems worse. When a small amount of money is already stretched to cover bills, pay for food, and more, important needs are unmet when the results of a disaster require financial give.
Impact on those with critical needs
Older adults and those with critical needs often suffer the immediate impact of a disaster the most & need the most help.
Disasters, especially floods and hurricanes, have negative effects on both the air and water quality, giving rise to infection and illness – while blocking access to medical resources.
This is especially dangerous for those who are suffering from health issues such as immune deficiency or chronic diseases.
How we help
A holistic approach to disaster response in North America.
Clean-up and debris removal
In the aftermath of destruction, volunteers help by mucking out flooded homes, removing downed trees, completing minor repairs, and tarping roofs after a disaster.
The next step in our emergency response is to interview survivors to discover their unmet needs after a disaster. This information is passed on to local recovery organizations so they can manage the local response.
We have a long term presence in communities under the leadership of long term recovery organizations to repair homes. DRS provides consulting and support to local organizations to help them best serve their community.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Change comes faster when there are more people united under the same goal.
When we come together and learn to collaborate towards a common goal, we can better support those who need our help the most.
By partnering with other churches and organizations, we are able to maximize our help and support to the right people at the right time.
Our Disaster Response Work.
Over the last decade, World Renew has managed to bring hope to at least 1 million survivors of disasters around the world, repairing communities and reigniting hope. Here are our stories of repair and faith:
Join Urgent DRS Response to Hurricane Ian
DRS is sending one week teams to Volusia County and Fort Myers, Florida in response to Hurricane Ian beginning in April 2023. Contact Chris at [email protected] to get involved.
How you can help
Donations, Volunteering & Advocacy
Disasters can strike anywhere at any time and do not spare anyone. The damage and destruction that is left after a disaster can be felt for weeks, months and even years.
A crucial way to help families and communities is by volunteering through groups programs or long term sites to repair homes impacted by disasters. Your time spent working on a disaster survivors home will transform their situation and life.
Raising awareness and educating others on natural disasters, as well as how to prevent, survive and overcome them means that communities will be less vulnerable and more prepared when disaster does strike. Donating also plays a massive role in times of disaster, as your donations go straight to support our Disaster Response Services that will help provide families with the resources necessary to rebuild their lives.
For more information on how to donate to help disaster survivors, click below.