Active TACCOR Responses
Texas Annual Conference
BASTROP, TX- Long Term Recovery Organizations (LTRO's) have been organized in both Bastrop and Spicewood and are moving forward to assist families as they try to gain a new sense of normal. The task continues to be overwhelming but progress is being made. We are providing the registration through our web site and Margery Marshall, UMVIM coordinator for the Austin District, is serving as the registrar. UMVIM teams wishing to work in the recovery effort should register at http://www.umcswtx.org/faith-village-registration if they need housing. Teams who do not need housing should register at http://www.umcswtx.org/umvim-registration.
West, TX. Recovery - West is now accepting teams to help with rebuilding homes. Go to the Central Texas Annual Conference website http://ctcumc.org/pages/detail/2188 which takes you directly to the volunteer page and registration.
Sager Brown Depot - Kathy Kraiza is requesting layette, bedding, sewing and school Kits. If you can assist with any of these kits or donate Kit items in bulk, then contact Mike Costello at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are in the southern part of the conference, or Temple Carpenter email@example.com if you are in the northern part of the conference. They will be able to give you advice on where to bring the supplies.
All other areas of the USA
Colorado 2013 Floods - In September, 2013 the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains was hit with heavy rains and disastrous flooding causing loss of life and major damage. Twenty-four counties were impacted, more than 18,000 people were evacuated, approximately 28,000 dwellings damaged and 1,852 homes destroyed. Long Term Recovery Groups have been established in the three hardest hit counties: Boulder, Larimer and Weld. UMCOR and the Rocky Mountain Conference are assisting with funds, staffing and volunteers. Volunteers are needed to help with debris clean up and structure rehab and building.
UMVIM teams who would like to assist beautiful Colorado recover from the devastating floods of 2013 are asked to contact Deb Campbell<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, Rocky Mountain Conference Volunteer Coordinator, 303 532-7563<tel:303%20532-7563>. At this time we are scheduling teams for late spring, summer and fall of 2014. Thank you to everyone for your continued prayers, love and support.
MOORE, OK - Reconstruction is now ready. Go to the Oklahoma Conference website then to the disaster portal. (VIM website www.okvim.org<http://www.okvim.org>). You also may contact the VIM disaster response office, Lfoster@okumc.org<mailto:Lfoster@okumc.org>, 405-530-2070; Rnorman@okumc.org<mailto:Rnorman@okumc.org>, 405-530-2032 to register your team.
Washington State Mudslide:
* Mother nature still seems to be doing what she does best and is taking care of things herself. The river has cut a new channel, the water is flowing in a well behaved manner and has rejoined the river bed downstream. This dramatically reduces the probability of a catastrophic release of water and consequent flooding.
* They are still calling this the rescue/recovery phase while they look for survivors and those that didn't make it.
* As we have seen in almost all disasters, there are more unaffiliated volunteers (SUVs) than the communities can handle. They turned away many of them yesterday and have put roadblocks on the roads leading into Darington. Only registered and specialized volunteers are being allowed in the slide area.
* There have been no requests for ERT type assistance. Based on the information I have from the media, emergency agencies, people on the ground in Arlington and the VOAD, it is unlikely we will be asked to send ERTs into the area. If we are asked to respond, it will not be any time soon.
I know you are anxious to help. So am I. But, they don't need our support right now. They need people with search and rescue training, heavy equipment operators, chain saw operators, and dog teams.
Ok, so you and I can make a donation right? Yes we can. Please make it a monetary donation and not clothing or household goods. As we often see donations of goods are already creating a problem. The survivors and those affected by the slide need money for the essentials of life - food, gas, utility bills, lodging, etc. They don't need a toaster right now. You can make a donation to the PNW Disaster Relief Fund by sending a check to:
PNW Conference Treasurer
PO Box 13650
Des Moines, WA 98198
If you want your donation to be used only for this event, put Oso Mudslide on the memo line.
Please keep all of those impacted by the mudslide in your prayers.
We are not involved in any disaster relief efforts outside the USA at this time.