CRWRC prepares for recovery from U.S. tornadoes

Regional managers are traveling to hard-hit areas following tornadoes

April 18, 2011


IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bill Adams, CRWRC-DRS Director, cell 616-560-2782

Beth DeGraff, CRWRC Media Contact, cell 616-648-7821 or 1-800-55-CRWRC

In the wake of the massive storm system that killed 46 people in a half-dozen southern states this weekend, the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) is preparing for both immediate and long-term disaster response in the neediest communities in the region. The storms, which whipped out a record-setting number of tornadoes and other wind and rain events, brought with them heavy downpours, lightening, and hail that caused flash flooding, extensive power outages, and destruction to families, homes, and property.

As families and officials search through the rubble and debris, CRWRC Disaster Response Services (DRS) regional managers are traveling this week to the hardest-hit areas to assess damage and coordinate a response with local, state, and federal representatives as well as other non-government organizations. CRWRC’s Rapid Response Teams, which are self-contained and carry their own equipment, are preparing to enter devastated communities to assist and support survivors.

In its mission to reach the poorest of the poor around the world, CRWRC's DRS efforts focus on addressing the needs of disaster survivors in North America who are disabled, elderly, indigent, without insurance, or otherwise ineligible for assistance.

Monday morning, CRWRC-DRS director Bill Adams said that, “CRWRC is working with disaster agencies and government partners to develop response and recovery plans in severely affected communities. Our hearts go out to those who are picking up the pieces of their lives. We are thankful that we can bring hope and help to those who are hurting in the wake of this weekend’s storms and tornadoes.”

CRWRC seeks funding to respond to these and other storms in the coming months. To help survivors recover from this devastating disaster, give online at www.crwrc.org, call 1-800-55-CRWRC, or give by check made out to CRWRC and designated, “Spring Storms 2011." Mail to: CRWRC, 2850 Kalamazoo Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49560-0600.

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Members of the Press wishing to arrange interview with CRWRC-DRS director Bill Adams, call cell 616-560-2782, or call Beth DeGraff, Media Contact at cell 616-648-7821.


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