I’m Not So Bad Off. Go Help Them First.

I’m Not So Bad Off. Go Help Them First.

By Laura Bray

Mangled sheet metal all over lawns. Enormous piles of cut tree trunks and limbs lined up along the roads. The growl of chainsaws and the high-pitched whine of Bobcat front-end loaders echoing through town. The two-stroke “chucka-chucka” and gas fumes from nearby generators. Mobile homes broken and laying on their sides or in ditches. Buildings missing walls or roofs—or both. My heart broke as my Early Response Team (ERT) drove into Fulton—two weeks after Hurricane Harvey.

As a child of the Gulf Coast, I understand the havoc a hurricane wreaks. As a first-time ERT responder, the sights and sounds just took my breath away.

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Cleaning Kits, as well as Early Responders, Still Needed

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The Rio Texas Disaster Response Team released the following message: 

The need for Cleaning Kits / Flood Buckets is quickly being met. Thank you to all of the churches who have responded to help those in need. We are still sending kits toward the Houston area. The demand diminished the reserve at the Martinez Disaster Response Center in Kerrville. Now is the time to replenish it for the next time.   
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Compiled Cleaning Kits in the Austin area are being collected at Oak Hill UMC or First UMC, Pfluggerville.
Compiled Cleaning kits in the San Antonio area can be taken to the Conference Center. 
If there are Cleaning Kits that have been collected and need to be picked up, please e-mail Jim Street at Coordinator@CapitalDistrictDisaster.org 

If you are Early Response certified, now is the time for deployment. 

If you have completed your ERT training and have submitted your background check paperwork, you do not need to wait for your badge to register for deployment.

Please sign up here for individuals or small groups of three or less people. 

Early Response Teams can sign up here

Early Responders Urgently Needed

Early Responders Urgently Needed

As the massive cleanup continues in the Coastal Bend, there is still a need for trained early responders.

If you have completed your ERT training and have submitted your background check paperwork, you do not need to wait for your badge to register for deployment.

If you have an ERT Team, register here.

If you are an individual or part of a small group, register here.

There are more Early Response Team trainings scheduled. Click here to find a training and register.

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Rio Texas Churches Assess Harvey Damage

Rio Texas Churches Assess Harvey Damage

Several churches in the Rio Texas Annual Conference are just beginning to clean up and begin repairs after Hurricane Harvey tore through parts of the Coastal Bend.

So far, 15 churches in Rio Texas have reported damage related to Harvey. Some experienced minor wind or water damage while others faced damage extensive enough to keep them out of their worship space indefinitely.

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Hurricane Harvey Church Owned Property Damage Claim Procedures

Hurricane Harvey Church Owned Property Damage Claim Procedures

Hurricane Harvey has left many churches damaged and non-functional.  During this difficult time, The Conference Office is here to help so the churches can rebuild and restore.     

If your church owned property has sustained damages from the recent onset of Hurricane Harvey, please contact Church Mutual.  You may file a claim either by phone or via their website. 

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Flood Buckets Begin Arriving in Aransas Pass

Flood Buckets Begin Arriving in Aransas Pass

Flood buckets have made their way from the Bishop Joel and Dr. Raquel Martinez Disaster Response Center in Kerrville, in Kerrville all the way to Aransas Pass. Disaster Response volunteers unloaded 350 flood buckets plus blankets at the Aransas Pass Chamber of Commerce. The buckets have all the supplies necessary to enable residents and volunteers to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a flood or hurricane.

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Chainsaw Training Rescheduled

Chainsaw Training Rescheduled

Due to Harvey, the chain saw training previously scheduled for Oct. 21st has been rescheduled for Sept. 16th.  The training will still be at FUMC in Boerne.   You must be ERT certified to take the chainsaw class.  You can register on line using the link below.  With all the damage from Harvey, we are sure to need chainsaw teams for the next several months. 


https://riotexas.org/chainsaw-training

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Disaster Response Leaders Begin Planning Response to Harvey

Disaster Response Leaders Begin Planning Response to Harvey

Rio Texas Disaster Response leadership met today via teleconference with the district superintendents of impacted districts, conference staff, and Robert Schnase, Bishop of the Rio Texas Conference. Although reports are only beginning to come in from the hardest hit areas, they are beginning to form a picture of what the needs will be over the next days, weeks and months.

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Update from First United Methodist Church, Portland

Update from First United Methodist Church, Portland

From Senior Pastor, Larry McRorey

Dear Friends,

I have just received word that upon further inspection, our church campus has suffered significant structural and water damage....and not the office building. It appears the Day School building will be a total loss as the roof has been ripped off and there is significant physical and water damage to the interior.

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