North American Disaster

Dec 30, 2015 by Kellie Scholma

World Renew Responds to Christmas Tornadoes

Areas of Texas, Mississippi, and other states were battered by deadly tornadoes and destructive flooding over the holiday. There was a blizzard in the Texas panhandle, and the Mississippi River in St. Louis is expected to reach nearly 15 feet above flood stage on Thursday. If that happens, the disaster will be the city’s second-worst flood on record, falling behind one even more devastating flood that occurred in 1993. At least 20 deaths over several days in Missouri and Illinois were blamed on flooding, news reports said; these mostly involved vehicles stuck on swamped roadways.

Nov 23, 2015 by Bethany Cok

World Renew Volunteers Restore Homes After Wyoming Floods

“Russ was initially very hesitant to let us come into his home and start tearing things apart,” said Harv Klaver, a World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) construction volunteer. “He was very sentimental about his [family] home.”  

Nov 6, 2015 by Bethany Cok

Two Years After Flood, High River is Finding Its Footing

Initially, World Renew’s Disaster Response Services (DRS) conducted an unmet needs assessment to determine the needs that were still present in the community. They then opened a High River reconstruction site in January 2014, sending new volunteer reconstruction teams every few weeks to help community members rebuild and move back into their homes. 

Oct 5, 2015 by Beth Degraff

World Renew Joins Response Planning in South Carolina Flood

“Our Regional Managers are participating in planning and coordination for a response to the flooding in South Carolina,” World Renew DRS Director Ron Willett said this morning. “However, until it’s safe and the water has subsided, search and rescue teams are regulating access to the affected areas.”

Sep 8, 2015

We Are World Renew - Together With You

Compelled by God’s deep passion for justice & mercy, we join communities around the world to renew hope, reconcile lives, and restore creation. Will you join us?

Aug 28, 2015 by Kellie Scholma

DRS Response to Disasters Gains Momentum

But out of the devastation, compassion arose from neighbors near and far. Generous volunteers seemed to appear out of nowhere, offering their help. Some communities had so many volunteers they had to say, “Please don’t send any more  people right now!

Aug 24, 2015 by Kellie Scholma

Detroit Flood Response – Finding and Helping Those in Need

One billion dollars. $1 billion was reported as the estimated cost of the recovery from an historic August 2014 flood in Detroit, Michigan.

Jul 13, 2015 by Kellie Scholma

They Would Have Done It Themselves, If They Could

After the tornado hit, Chris and Tina lived in a small trailer for six months. They moved back into their home when only part of it was livable. Chris decided that the best way to repair the house was to learn about home reconstruction. He was working on rebuilding when he was involved in an accident that resulted in the loss of his arm. A short time later, he was diagnosed with a degenerative disease that doctors said would eventually claim the rest of his physical independence. The couple’s challenges were piling up.

Jul 2, 2015 by Kellie Scholma

Two Years of Friendship and Flood Response in High River

Becky’s experiences with the volunteers included enjoying the chatter and laughter that rose from the basement as the volunteers worked.

Jun 22, 2015 by Kellie Scholma

Picking Up the Pieces

The 2015 spring storm season has brought on a series of tornadoes and floods throughout the United States, leaving thousands of families to pick up the pieces of their lives and begin the long road to recovery. Texas and Oklahoma in particular have experienced more than a month of sporadic  tornadoes and floods. As of June 19, 2015, 30 counties in Texas and 24 counties in Oklahoma have been federally declared as eligible to apply for state and federal disaster assistance.

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