Disaster Response Services

Dec 11, 2013 by Kellie Scholma

From Destruction to Celebration in Schoharie

DRS Green Shirt volunteers say their goodbyes

Nov 25, 2013 by Kellie Scholma

High River, Alberta, Flood Update

“As winter begins, some residents of High River, Alberta, are still being housed in temporary living quarters,” says Henry Visscher, a regional manager for World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS). “They haven’t been able to return to their homes because they are waiting for determinations from the government’s Disaster Relief Program (DRP) and their insurance so that they can start to rebuild.”

Nov 21, 2013 by Bill Adams

Preparing for Disasters

November 21, 2013 Early this month, World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) introduced our new Disaster Preparedness website, which you can find at worldrenew.net/prepare-disasters. This site was created to help churches and families be better prepared for unexpected disasters.  The site is presented in a very easy to use format, and yet provides access to the vast wealth of information that is available on the internet.  Topics include:

Nov 20, 2013 by Kellie Scholma

Volunteers Clean Up After Colorado Floods

“Most people had just a few minutes to grab photographs and other remembrances before they had to evacuate,” says Dave Gabrielse, a Rapid Response volunteer in Colorado. “Their basements were filled with water and often the second level of their home was inundated as well. Many lost all of their keepsakes and memories from the past.” World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) deployed Gabrielse and five other Rapid Response volunteers from Michigan and Ontario to Longmont, Colorado, after 17 inches of rain overwhelmed area cities and towns there during the third week of September.

Nov 18, 2013 by Beth Degraff

World Renew Responds to Rare November Tornadoes

World Renew is responding in Midwest communities where a fast-moving cold front spawned more than 75 tornadoes yesterday. Early Response Coordinators are being deployed as the agency’s Disaster Response Services (DRS) staff and regional managers meet today with state and federal agency representatives to coordinate a response.

Sep 18, 2013 by Beth Degraff

Southern Alberta Floods Update

Volunteers from World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) began interviewing residents in the town of High River, Alberta, this week to assess the needs of homeowners whose houses were damaged in a massive late-spring flood. World Renew has been responding to the disaster since it occurred in June 2013 and has plans in place to continue a long-term response that could extend into the next two or three years.

Sep 18, 2013 by Beth Degraff

World Renew Responds to Massive Colorado Flood

The Vissers will meet with World Renew DRS Area Representatives Walt and Carol Ackerman, who live in the area and have been monitoring the flooding and rescue efforts as they unfold. Many homeowners have been stranded by washed-out roads, and the town of Lyons was entirely evacuated this week, a total of about 7,000 residents. Search teams are going house to house looking for survivors. Eight people are reported to have died in the flood and others are still missing.

Sep 11, 2013 by Beth Degraff

Family to Family: A New Home for the Bowers

When six inches (136 mm) of hard rain fell on small towns across eastern Canada in April, the resulting flood in “Cottage Country” was in the news. Many vacationers and owners of second homes lamented damage to their property or beloved vacation spot. Those are saddening losses.

Aug 22, 2013 by Beth De Graff

World Renew Receives More Than .25 Million for Sandy Response

World Renew is one of eight organizations to receive grants this month from the American Red Cross for Super-storm Sandy response. World Renew has been awarded $257,500 to fund volunteer assessment activities for long- term recovery committees in Sandy-related response areas. The assessments will help identify the most vulnerable people who are still in need of assistance in some areas of New York, New Jersey, and Maryland. “World Renew DRS has been very active in Sandy response on the East Coast since the storm hit last October,” says Bill Adams, director of Disaster Response Services (DRS). “This grant will go a long way toward helping people get the assistance they need to start to put their lives back together.”