Disaster Response Services

Jan 8, 2019

Serving In God's Grace - DRS Sunday 2019

For South Carolina resident Renee and her uncle Harold, the support received from World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) volunteer groups working on their home has been life-changing. Their home was damaged during flooding after Hurricane Joaquin in 2015  for nearly two and a half years they have had to live in unstable conditions.

Dec 20, 2018 by Kellie Scholma

California Wildfires by the Numbers

One thousand of 14,232 properties in three counties have, so far, been cleared of hazardous household waste so that fire-related debris can be removed. One thousand sixty-five fire personnel worked tirelessly to successfully contain 100 percent of the fires by December 2018. Today, all of the fall wildfires in California have been put out after the area recently received a good dose of much needed rain. But the rain also brought new challenges for homeowners who were affected by the fires.

Nov 15, 2018 by Beth Degraff

Residents Flee as California Wildfires Spread

The town of Paradise burned to the ground. The current death toll is 56, with 200 people still missing. Photos and videos of people evacuating in the firestorms are harrowing. World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) regional managers based in Northern California are monitoring the disaster and connecting with local and state response partners as officials and rescue teams continue to search for survivors. 

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 there...wow. I can’t really explain that in what I can share here.

Dec 6, 2017 by Beth De Graff

Chicago School Raises $10,000 for Harvey Response

When a group of young people gets behind a project, amazing things can happen. On September 7, 2017, students at Timothy Christian School in Chicago hosted an Epic Burger Battle to raise funds for Hurricane Harvey response in Texas through World Renew’s Disaster Response Services (DRS).

Nov 29, 2017

ATTENTION YOUTH! Join Operation Ruby Slipper and Help Hurricane Survivors

Can you believe it’s already been three months since people in the southern US and Puerto Rico were pounded by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria? Time marches on, but the urgency to help hasn’t subsided. Thousands of people are still displaced from their hurricane-damaged homes.

Nov 23, 2017 by Sara DeBoer

And a Little Child Shall Lead Them

This year’s hurricane season has been historically catastrophic. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria were the first, fourth, and fifth costliest storms on record and affected millions, leaving thousands upon hundreds of thousands displaced or homeless. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the need. Where to start?

Oct 31, 2017 by Kellie Scholma

On the Ground After the Hurricanes

Kevin is normally a calm unruffled man, but he spent a terrifying night riding out Hurricane Harvey in his boat in his garage. He heard a banging on the garage throughout the night. In the morning, he realized it was his truck floating in his yard, knocking against the garage. Almost everything in his house and garage was ruined by water.

Oct 10, 2017 by Kellie Scholma

Update on Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

Eighty-five percent of the residents in Port Arthur, Texas, were left with severe damage to their homes after Hurricane Harvey.

Sep 25, 2017 by Kellie Scholma

Prayer Alert: Hold the Dam in Puerto Rico

What damage does a Category 4 hurricane cause? The National Hurricane Center says “[With winds of 130-156mph (209-251 km/h)] catastrophic damage will occur. Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.”

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