Local Recovery Groups

Your Community and World Renew DRS

Thank you for your commitment to your community! Recovering after a disaster takes much effort, time, and resources, and you are key to ensuring the vulnerable members of your community are not forgotten. We recognize your hard work and dedication.

World Renew DRS values your partnership and wishes to work with you.

If you would like to learn more about the following services, please contact the regional manager for your state/province.

  • Early Assessment - In the days and weeks immediately following a disaster, trained volunteers provide spiritual care to survivors, network with other responding organizations and gather information that will be used to plan longer term support.

  • Rapid Response - This phase of DRS' response addresses the clean-up needs through trained volunteers by mucking out flooded homes, removing downed trees and completing minor repairs after a disaster, especially covering roofs to protect homes from the elements.

  • Unmet Needs Assessment - An Unmet Needs Assessment involves trained volunteers conducting a comprehensive, community-wide survey to identify those with unmet disaster-related needs, generally several months after a disaster when your local recovery group is operational and most homeowners know the financial assistance they will be receiving from insurance and the government. Your local recovery group can then use this information to respond to and meet the needs of the most vulnerable members of your community.

  • Organizational Capacity Building - This phase of DRS' response provides training and guidance to local recovery groups, equipping them to expand their ability to help disaster survivors over the long term.

  • Construction Estimating - At the request of a local recovery group, trained volunteers make personal visits to disaster-damaged homes to determine appropriate materials, skills and time required for repair and construction. Your local recovery group can then uses this information to start home repairs, knowing what the cost will be and materials needed.

  • Home Reconstruction - Individuals, couples, and groups can volunteer for varying lengths of time depending on the type of World Renew DRS reconstruction program and the capacity of your local recovery group. Your recovery group may be able to host sporadic week-long volunteers or receive consistent volunteers for several weeks or months at a time.

  • Community Development Consultation - Helping local recovery organizations move from disaster response to addressing the long-term needs of their community is the last phase of DRS's work.