At the beginning of April, 2011 tornadoes ripped through North Carolina and a couple of weeks later tornadoes tore paths through Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. The later outbreak of tornadoes became the worst since 1936. At the end of May a deadly tornado hit Joplin, Missouri.

DRS has been responding to these tornadoes since  they touched down in April. Rapid Response teams were sent to clean-up debris in April to Sanford, North Carolina and Birmingham, Alabama. Soon after, we started sending Needs Assessment teams to help communities assess their unmet needs. In all, DRS sent 18 teams to tornado damaged areas to assess unmet needs.  

DRS has established reconstruction sites in 3 communities to help rebuild homes and lives after these disasters. We are working in and around communities in Birmingham, Alabama; Cordova, Alabama; and Cullman, Alabama.

While many will remember the tornadoes that ripped through the South, there were many areas experiencing flooding. DRS assisted communities in New Jersey, South Dakota,  Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Alberta, with clean-up and assessing unmet needs.