North American Disaster

Oct 10, 2018 by Beth Degraff

World Renew Prepares to Help as Hurricane Michael Hits Florida

Over 100,000 Florida residents have received evacuation orders and nearly four million are in the storm’s path. Michael is the strongest hurricane to hit the Florida Gulf Coast and Big Bend in decades.  World Renew is accepting donations to respond to Michael. 

Oct 4, 2018 by Kellie Scholma

Help Clean-up After Florence

DRS - Imagine everything in your home floating within your walls or even right out your window. The heavy job of cleaning out the mess after flooding can be overwhelming both physically and emotionally.

Sep 25, 2018 by Christina de Jong

Coordinating Hurricane Florence Response

DRS - On September 14, Hurricane Florence stormed into North Carolina. Surges and intense rainfall created what is now thought to be the worst flooding event in East Coast history.

Sep 17, 2018 by Christina de Jong

Your Dollar at Work in the World

Your one dollar multiplies to $1.60 in impact because of the matching grants that World Renew accesses. 8% is put aside for future disaster response and community development program. 92% is invested in program and general operating support. World Renew directs just 18 cents of the remaining $1.48 to...

Sep 14, 2018 by Beth Degraff

Hurricane Florence Hits the East Coast

More than a million residents received evacuation orders earlier this week, with extensive power outages and freshwater flooding resulting from extensive rainfall over the next few days. Florence may produce 40 inches of rain in some areas of North and South Carolina, Virginia and other inland locations. World Renew is accepting donations to respond to Hurricane Florence. ALERT:Text 20222 to RENEW to give $10! (US only)

Hurricanes 2018

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Sep 12, 2018 by Beth Degraff

World Renew Prepares for Hurricane Florence Damage

Heavy rain and damaging winds are expected to cause storm surge damage onshore as Florence lumbers to landfall late this week. So far, a million coastal residents have received evacuation orders, with extensive power outages and freshwater flooding expected from prolonged rainfall. Emergency supplies, gasoline, and lodging are already in short supply in many communities, whether residents are fleeing the storm or hunkering down for the duration.

May 2, 2018 by Kellie Scholma

Miss Mae Returns Home After Harvey

DRS: Tell us about the people on whose homes you worked.PJM: Their experience with the hurricane, what it meant to them that we were I can’t really explain that in what I can share here.

Apr 20, 2018

Bangladesh: the Canary in the Coal Mine

Adaptation to changing weather patterns is critical, particularly for countries like Bangladesh and India, where World Renew walks alongside the poorest of the poor. This video is the first of a series being released about Bangladesh and its precarious position due to the extreme weather hazards that are occurring. Today the Rohingya refugees are also desperately compromised by the pending monsoon rains and cyclone season - two events which are typically intensified by rising temperatures.

Mar 2, 2018 by Kellie Scholma

Rebuilding Homes in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

“Linda is a single mom in Puerto Rico who is raising five of her kids by herself,” said George and Helen Andringa, World Renew DRS volunteers. “She worked hard to save enough money to buy a piece of land on a hilltop at the end of a winding road. The family was living in a small, 2-bedroom house on the land when Hurricane Maria hit and destroyed their home.