Dec 30, 2015 by Kellie Scholma

World Renew Responds to Christmas Tornadoes

Areas of Texas, Mississippi, and other states were battered by deadly tornadoes and destructive flooding over the holiday. There was a blizzard in the Texas panhandle, and the Mississippi River in St. Louis is expected to reach nearly 15 feet above flood stage on Thursday. If that happens, the disaster will be the city’s second-worst flood on record, falling behind one even more devastating flood that occurred in 1993. At least 20 deaths over several days in Missouri and Illinois were blamed on flooding, news reports said; these mostly involved vehicles stuck on swamped roadways.

Apr 10, 2015 by Kellie Scholma

World Renew Plans Response to Tornadoes in Illinois

The couple is representing World Renew DRS to coordinate with other responders and government officials in the aftermath of severe weather outbreak that damaged or destroyed the small village of Fairdale and covered six counties in Illinois, killing two and injuring a dozen more on Thursday night. The storms are moving northeast today, but with weakening ferocity.

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.”

Nov 24, 2014 by Beth De Graff

Community Members Recover from Michigan Tornado

(UNITED STATES) It has been over four months since a rare tornado came through Kentwood and Wyoming, Michigan, on July 6th, 2014. World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) has been responding since the day after the disaster occurred.

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 29, 2013 by Beth Degraff

Response to 2011 Alabama Tornadoes Completed

In early May, World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) volunteers packed up their hammers and saws and closed three reconstruction sites in Alabama where volunteers have been working since April 2011. That’s when a super-cell storm that spawned hundreds of tornadoes swept across the south-central US in a few short but terrifying days.