Active TACCOR Responses
Texas Annual Conference
Southeast Texas area floods
(July 6, 2015):
Over the the past several weeks, flood waters from the Trinity River have affected many along her banks. With the water receding TACCOR and other organizations are able to begin assessing survivor needs. Once assessments are complete we will be able to assign teams to address specific needs identified during the assessment phase.
If you would like to bring a team to help, or even sign up as an individual to join another team, please contact Kathie Mann at 281-615-6051. These will be day trips only at this point and no team lodging has been arranged. Please sign up to help our response in Walker County/Huntsville.
For Immediate Release (July 3, 2015):
Thank you to all of you who have given so generously with your time, money, and efforts in response to the devastation caused across our conference by the spring storms. You have truly reflected the love and generosity for which Methodists are known. Just because the TV cameras have left and the media no longer reports on the damage doesn’t mean we have abandoned our efforts. The Texas Annual Conference is still very active in our efforts to mitigate the damage and walk alongside the survivors to be a healing presence in their lives. We are active in Long Term Recovery in Van Zandt County, transitioning from relief to recovery in the Westbury and Meyerland areas of Houston, and working to address needs in the Wharton / Fort Bend County areas. The Trinity River has finally started receding, and we are working closely with other volunteer agencies in Walker County to address needs of survivors in the West and Central North Districts. Many other areas were affected, but response from local churches was so immediate that the damage was handled very quickly.
But, we still need your help. We can’t do the work of the Kingdom without dedicated volunteers. Whether you can help for a few hours or a few days, we can find a spot for you. If you or someone from your church or community would like to volunteer, please call Carol Greenslate at 832-857-2135 and let her know when you would like to work. Only by working together and in connection can we truly show the world what it means to be the hands and feet of Christ.
Those who want to help but are unable to volunteer are asked to consider a cash donation. Do so by going here to make a donation via the web.
Latest news as of the morning of May 21st related to Van, Texas storms over the weekend.
Van is in the process of moving into Recovery. This will take time since Case Work has to be completed on the homes before construction can begin. They are hiring Case Managers now, then will train Case workers who will process paperwork for each family. When the Recovery office is set up with a Volunteer Coordinator (in Van) a notice will be sent out with contact information. Teams will then go to this contact to reserve dates and receive assignments. We will keep you updated as we proceed through to full recovery.
In Recovery, teams do not need to be ERT badged and trained. However, the training will certainly help. Team leaders will need to organize their team just as they would to any mission site when serving for a few days up to a week. Housing will be important and more information will be coming.
TACCOR steps out after the Relief stage as far as putting teams in the field. We then defer to the Recovery office and the local authorities to work with the teams. However, we would like to know when you are planning to serve and the Team Leader’s contact information so we can stay in touch.
Thank you for all that you do.
UMCOR handles most international responses. See note from UMCOR on how we can help with the devistating earthquate in Nepal.
As many of you know, an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter Scale struck west of the ancient Nepali capital of Kathmandu, Pokhara, on Saturday 25 April 2015, at 11:41am Nepal local time. It is the most powerful earthquake to hit the region in 81 years.
I am also aware that one may text UMCOR to 41444 and then you will receive a link to a donation site where you may select an amount and be able to designate the funds to go for Nepal relief. (Basically it is the same site link above.)