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Latest news as of the morning of May 21st related to Van, Texas storms over the weekend.

We will only be in the Relief stage through Saturday in Van.  We are asking that teams (with someone on the team holding an ERT badge and everyone wearing the Green shirts) go to the VRC in Van to get approval to work and their assignment.  This will be the process until the weekend.  Teams need to sign up on ivolunteer  (http://taccor.ivolunteer.com/vantexastornado) so we know you are serving or send a message to Dewitt.  If teams need housing to overnight we are asking they contact Canton FUMC (903-567-6528). 

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. 

Contact Dewitt Cox at disasterresponse@taccor.org or 832-498-4474 or Kathie Mann at kmann@txcumc.org




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.

For those who would like to help with Nepal Relief see the pdf document with more details.

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.)