Disaster Response Services

Feb 26, 2012 by Beth Terpstra

In the Wake of the Storm: the Birth of CRWRC Disaster Response Services

It all began with a storm. On June 11, 1972, a huge rainstorm dumped 11 inches of rain within a few hours on Rapid City, South Dakota. Flash floods poured through the city. A dam collapsed, sending a wall of water through the streets. More than 300 people died. Only two months prior to the flood, Neil Molenaar had been appointed as the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC)’s first Domestic Program Director. Molenaar’s role was to train deacons from Christian Reformed Churches (CRC) across North America how to develop and implement community outreach service projects, as well as to develop procedures to assist communities in case of disasters.

Dec 11, 2011 by Beth Degraff

DRS Builds Hope in Birmingham

As we draw the calendar year to a close, 2011 is adding up to being one of the most costly in terms of disaster in recent years—both in lives lost and damage done. In North America, World Renew’s Disaster Response Services (DRS) is responding in communities affected by these disasters, including hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and floods.

Aug 30, 2011 by Beth Degraff

Michigan Volunteers Depart for Hurricane Irene Response

A local group of disaster response volunteers hauling tractors, tarps, and chainsaws will leave Byron Center, Mich., tomorrow morning, heading to North Carolina to help residents clean up after Hurricane Irene. The group, a Rapid Response Team from CRWRC Disaster Response Services (DRS) will assist some of the many Atlantic Seaboard residents whose homes and businesses were damaged by the storm.