North American Disaster

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.

Jun 11, 2015 by Kellie Scholma

A Couple Recounts their Rescue – Oklahoma Flood Update

Mark and Carol Martin, Regional Managers for World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS), spent 10 days in Oklahoma visiting disaster-affected communities in several counties. While in Comanche County, they were privileged to meet George and Aretha Bower and hear about their experiences during the massive flooding that damaged homes, businesses, and farms across the southern and central U.S. in May.

Jun 4, 2015 by Kellie Scholma

World Renew Disaster Response Services Continues to Respond to Texas and Oklahoma Floods

World Renew Disaster Response Services had feet on the ground in Texas just a few days after the historic flooding at the end of May. During Memorial Day alone, nearly 11 inches of rain fell on Houston and surrounding communities. The Ackermans are project managers for World Renew DRS. They met with survivors such as the Rodriguez family as well as local officials, and other responding organizations as first steps in the recovery process.

Apr 22, 2015

Earth Day 2015: Join the Conversation

In 2012, the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) adopted a position statement on climate change, affirming that it is the near-scientific consensus that human activity has been a primary driver of global warming and that the Church has a religious, moral, and ethical responsibility to respond. With this statement, the CRCNA became the first evangelical denomination in the US to both affirm the urgency of climate change and to call its churches and members to action.

Apr 10, 2015 by Kellie Scholma

World Renew Plans Response to Tornadoes in Illinois

The couple is representing World Renew DRS to coordinate with other responders and government officials in the aftermath of severe weather outbreak that damaged or destroyed the small village of Fairdale and covered six counties in Illinois, killing two and injuring a dozen more on Thursday night. The storms are moving northeast today, but with weakening ferocity.

Apr 8, 2015 by Kellie Scholma

World Renew DRS Returns to Moore, Oklahoma, After Second Tornado in Two Years

(USA) Our priority is to help the elderly, those who are disabled, low-income families, and others who are not able to complete clean-up tasks on their own,” says Ron Willett, Director of World Renew DRS. “If they don’t have someone there to help them, how will they start to clear their yards or fix a damaged roof? Those who are in the most need are the people we aim to serve.”

Mar 31, 2015 by Kellie Scholma

Continuing Home Repairs in Alberta

“The water rushed through Jill’s neighborhood with a lot of force and speed,” says Stephen Deunk, case manager for World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) in High River. “Water came from the west and not only flooded her basement but pushed water onto a section of the main floor as well.” Soon after the flood, Jill underwent invasive surgery to address her illness. She could not return to her home because it was unsafe. She moved in with her family for a time, and eventually rented a place in a nearby town where she still resides.

Pensacola Flooding

According to 30-year PRISM ( data, rainfall exceeded norms by 200 to 600 percent. More than 25 inches of rain fell over a 36-hour period, and five panhandle counties received a federal disaster declaration (sic),” said Andrea Krieger, president of the United Way of Escambia County in Pensacola.

Seeing the need, World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) came in to help. Rapid Response volunteers came to Pensacola in June because there were many homeowners who did not receive immediate help after the storm.

Mar 9, 2015 by Kellie Scholma

A 16 Year Old from Colorado Says, “Thank You for Taking the Time”

World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) volunteers from the Pella, Iowa, area restored their home; even more, they restored the family’s hope.