Local Recovery Groups

You 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 is the process of conducting a comprehensive, community wide survey to identify those with unmet disaster-related needs, generally several months after a disaster when the local recovery group is operational and most homeowners know the financial assistance they will be receiving from insurance and the government. This information is then used by the local recovery group to respond to and meet the needs of those in their 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 - Trained volunteers make personal visits to homes to determine appropriate materials, skills and time required for repair and construction. This information is then provided to the local recovery group to use for planning the recovery process. 

  • Reconstruction - When a relationship is built with a local recovery group to such a degree that DRS is invited to set up a long-term reconstruction site, a contract is signed and DRS sets up a self-contained reconstruction site with continuous teams of skilled construction volunteers to repair and rebuild homes.

  • Group Mission Trips – Groups of DRS volunteers from churches, schools, families or businesses spend a week at a time working with a local recovery group in a disaster affected area doing work from cleanup to reconstruction.

  • 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.