Disaster Response Services

Jul 1, 2014 by Beth De Graff

Ron Willett Named Director of World Renew Disaster Response Services

Today, Ronald Willett begins his tasks as director of Disaster Response Services for World Renew, stepping into the role as the previous director, Bill Adams, retires after eleven years in the position.   

Jun 27, 2014 by Beth Degraff

Update: Disaster Response in Nebraska, Iowa, and Florida

World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) is focusing its response to several disasters this week after tornadoes and severe storms hit neighborhoods in a half-dozen U.S. states during the week of June 9, 2014.

Jun 16, 2014 by Bill Adams

Final Farewell

In April I had the privilege of visiting Hyde County, North Carolina, as World Renew DRS was finishing our work in the coastline communities that were impacted by Hurricane Irene in 2011. We were hosted by our friends at the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) and had the opportunity to reminisce and celebrate the good work that has been accomplished over the last two years.

May 30, 2014 by Beth De Graff

After the Tornado: A Year of Recovery in Moore, Oklahoma

In the aftermath of that tragic disaster, World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) is continuing to bring comfort and assistance to those who have yet to recover today.

May 16, 2014 by Beth Degraff

Spring Tornadoes: A Shelter in the Time of Storm

More than 5,000 homes were damaged or destroyed in all, and in some locations where the most violent tornadoes were concentrated, not much was left standing. One of those places was Vilonia, Arkansas. Regional Managers Len and Carrie Blauwkamp from World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) traveled to Arkansas in early May to meet with partners to help shape the emerging response plan and to begin damage assessments on the ground.

May 7, 2014 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

Canadian Red Cross to Help World Renew Rebuild 50 Homes in High River

World Renew is pleased and grateful to announce that it has received a grant of $1.2 million from the Canadian Red Cross in support of its work in High River, Alberta and the surrounding area.

May 2, 2014 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

World Renew Volunteers Leave for Tornado-Stricken Communities

In the past week, a rash of deadly tornadoes and heavy storms has blown across the central and southern United States leaving over 40 dead and thousands in need of assistance.  World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) is responding initially through its Regional Managers in many hard-hit states including Arkansas and Mississippi.

Apr 29, 2014 by Beth Degraff

World Renew Responds to Widespread Tornadoes in the Central U.S.

“Iowa, North Carolina, and Kansas were all affected by this storm system,” said World Renew DRS Director Bill Adams. “A member of Terra Ceia CRC in North Carolina said that the church was unharmed. Our regional managers there, Rick and Bonnie Wiersma, reported that there was damage to 200 homes in the outlying areas and two dozen additional houses in Elizabeth City.”

Apr 25, 2014 by Beth Degraff

World Renew Responds to West Michigan Flooding

World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) is helping homeowners this week who have been affected by localized flooding in West Michigan. Since Wednesday, DRS Rapid Response volunteers have been working with Multi-Agency Resources Centers (MARCs) in Osceola and Newaygo counties after the Muskegon River overflowed about ten days ago.

Apr 25, 2014 by Beth Degraff

World Renew Ends Hurricane Irene Response in North Carolina

Nearly three years ago Hurricane Irene, a big, low-intensity storm that swirled off the Atlantic coast, didn’t seem like much of a threat to many people living on the North Carolina shore. But when Melvin Clark, who was going through a round of cancer treatments at the time, looked out the kitchen window of his coastal home on the morning of August 27, he saw a three-foot-high surge of ocean water churning towards his door.