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To support those most impacted by the floods and storms the spring of 2019, click the button beside the headline to give online.
You may also mail a check marked "Spring Storms 2019" to:
World Renew Canada
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Burlington, ON L7R 3Y8
World Renew US
1700 28th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
How will your financial gifts be used?
Financial donations will:
help clean out flooded homes
provide assessments to connect those who might fall through the cracks with needed support
repair damaged homes in the months and years ahead
help communities organize their response efforts
bring volunteers to pray with and show the love of the Lord to hurting survivors
Missouri River: We are in the process of setting details to send volunteers to help with clean-up. If you are interested and available on short notice, please click here to let us know your availability.
Michigan: Due to the incredible response to help in Newaygo, Michigan, (thank you!) we are not accepting any more volunteers at this time. Please watch the website and Opportunity Link emails for updates and opportunities. Sign up for the email just below.
Future Opportunities: Sign up here for the monthly Opportunity Link to be alerted to opportunities as they develop. Looking for other opportunities? Visit worldrenew.net/drs to find a searchable database of opportunities.
Financial offerings from churches make an incredible impact on survivors by supporting World Renew DRS ministries. Here are some resources to support your congregation in their giving.
Suggested announcement: World Renew DRS Mid-West Flood Response - You Can Help! Mid-West Flood Response: Your donation to World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) today helps communities flooded by the Missouri River in Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri with clean up, assessments, and repair. Please give generously to help homeowners who are unable to recover on their own. Learn more and donate at worldrenew.net/spring-storms-2019, call 800-552-7972, or mail your check, with Spring Storms 2019 in the memo line, to: World Renew DRS, 1700 28th St., S.E., Grand Rapids, Mich., 49508. To volunteer, contact World Renew at 800-848-5818 or email@example.com.
Half-page, printable information sheet: https://worldrenew.net/sites/default/files/resources/WR%20DRS_Disaster%20Flood%20insert_2up_color.pdf. Print and hand out copies to share information with those in your church. See the very bottom of this page for other formats of this sheet.
Where to send your offering? See 'Donate' accordion above.
~June 2019 Update~
Nebraska & Iowa: Volunteers are helping clean-out flooded homes in Nebraska and Iowa in June and possibly beyond. This is just the first stage of recovery. World Renew Disaster Response Services is committed to helping long-term.
Michigan: Volunteers are helping rebuild homes hard hit by flooding in Newaygo, Michigan.
Ontario and New Brunswick:
“We are in daily contact with the NGO Alliance of Ontario about flooding in Ontario. We have engaged with our partner Samaritans Purse Canada (SPC) who have a Disaster Response Unit in Ottawa. SPC is coordinating work for World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) volunteers to help with clean-up efforts. Christian Reformed Churches in Eastern Ontario have been contacted about this service opportunity.
“This clean-up process is the first step after a flood. After this initial recovery phase, we will assess with the local community if there is a need for other World Renew DRS services.
“We have also been in contact with SPC in Fredericton, New Brunswick about recovery action there.”
Bruce and Christine de Boer
Volunteer Regional Managers
World Renew Disaster Response Services
More than 100 tornadoes have touched down across the central United States after a round of severe thunderstorms.
On Wednesday, May 22, 2019 a tornado killed three people in Golden City, Missouri, eight years to the day after the Joplin, Missouri, tornado killed 161 people.
The violent storms are wreaking havoc across the central states, including Indiana, Ohioa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Missouri, and Nebraska. “We are seeing raging, flooded rivers sweep houses away, and homes and businesses are being pulled apart by tornadoes,” said Bob Laarman, director for World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS). “These are not isolated events—this is happening in city after city across several states.”
Each city hit by these recent storms is in an emergency situation as they work to find survivors and make sure people are safe, fed, and have roofs over their heads.
You Can Help
Your financial gifts today to Spring Storms 2019 will support families affected by these floods and tornadoes and will provide needs assessments, clean-up help, and home reconstruction as needed.
Your financial gifts today will make a long-term impact, long after the flood waters are gone and people are still desperate for help.
World Renew DRS might not always be the first on the scene after a disaster, but is often one of the last to leave a community.
Click the Donate Now button above to give your gift.
How will your financial gifts be used?
Financial donations will:
- help clean out flooded homes
- provide assessments to connect those who might fall through the cracks with needed support
- repair damaged homes in the months and years ahead
- help communities organize their response efforts
- bring volunteers to pray with and show the love of the Lord to hurting survivors
Learn more about services provided by World Renew DRS at worldrenew.net/aboutdrs.
March 2019 Update
Major flooding has affected Newaygo County in Western Michigan. Volunteers have helped clean out flooded homes at the end of March and early April.
Update, April 8, 2018: Due to the incredible response to help in Newaygo, Michigan, (thank you!) we are not accepting any more volunteers at this time. Please watch the website and Opportunity Link emails for updates and opportunities.
The EF-4 tornado that struck Lee County Alabama on March 4 was nearly a mile wide and 24 miles long, with winds reaching speeds of up to 170 miles an hour. The storm killed 23 people, including 10 members of one extended family. It was the deadliest tornado in the U.S. since an EF5 twister killed 24 people in Moore, Oklahoma in May 2013.
As we drove through the devastated area yesterday and today, it was heartbreaking to see the extent of the damage--trailers blown off their foundations and turned upside down, homes and trailers completely gone with just a slab left, piles of debris everywhere, acres of snapped off trees.
This morning we attended a formative meeting for the local long term recovery organization. It was encouraging to see a large representation from a number of community groups. We know that the recovery will take a long time, but it was good to see that the communication and collaboration and leadership that is essential to recovery is already beginning. We were able to share information about the kinds of services World Renew Disaster Response (DRS) can offer. DRS had already been highly recommended to them by Paul Kennedy, who worked closely with us after the 2011 Alabama tornadoes. As they continue to organize their efforts, we tentatively plan to head back there in the next two months to share more in-depth about how we can partner together in the tornado recovery.
-Len and Carrie Blauwkamp are volunteer regional managers for World Renew DRS and share this about their visit to Alabama, March 20, 2019.
"The flooding situation in Nebraska is much worse than the news reports are showing,” said Ben Dykstra, regional manager for World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS). Ben and his wife Linda share this and the following current reality as they are closely connected to the major flooding in Nebraska.
80 cities, 75 counties (80%), 4 tribal areas and 5 special government entities are in emergency declarations.
Hardest hit areas in Fremont and North Bend are still undergoing serious flooding. Many portions of Nebraska are cut off because of flooding, washed out bridges and lack of electricity.
In addition, many areas are still underwater as the rivers have not yet receded. For these reasons it is difficult to assess all the damage and to determine what type of aid is needed and where it will be needed.
Over 1,000 head of cattle have been destroyed from the flooding. It is estimated at this time that over 600 homes are damaged to the point where they cannot be lived in and that is expected to rise.
Vice President Pence toured some of the flooded areas yesterday and the State of Nebraska is putting together a request for an Expedited Request for a National State of Emergency so they can get federal assistance.
Linda and I are in daily contact with state and local recovery efforts and have let them know what assistance may be available through World Renew Disaster Response Services. At this time, only first and emergency responders are allowed into the affected communities; we have been asked to wait before we come to the area.
I have also been contacting the local Christian Reformed and Reformed Churches, asking them to let us know if their congregation or community needs assistance.