Disaster Response Services

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.

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 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.

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.

Feb 19, 2015 by Kellie Scholma

Rock Valley, Iowa, Flood Response Update

“Driving around town you would never know there was a disaster or that people needed help with their homes,” said Chuck Ammermann, a World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) volunteer. Since the massive June 2014 flooding, 85 World Renew DRS volunteers have helped in Rock Valley, Iowa, volunteering for one to 30 days at a time.

Jan 8, 2015 by Kellie Scholma

World Renew DRS Continues ‘Lifesaving’ Response to Superstorm Sandy

Before Shot More than two years after Super-storm Sandy overwhelmed their New Jersey home of 17 years, Ed and Maureen had a safe and secure home once again.