Colorado Springs Flood Update

Newsletter & Flood Update

September 29th, 2013

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Flood Update

On Thursday the 19th of September the City of Colorado Springs opened a Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) for the residents along the Cheyenne Creek.  We were invited to be in the DAC and work with affected residents as they came in for help.  By the end of the first day the incoming included people from all over the city and people from Manitou Springs.  We did intake at the DAC Thursday the 19th of September through Monday the 23rd of September.  During this time we wrote 32 work orders.  We started to assess the work orders Friday the 20th of September and were able to start to work on the first work order Monday the 23rd. We have written another two work orders since the DAC closed.

 

Here is a quick view of the Southern Colorado flood response by the numbers:

 

– Date started the response Thursday 19 September 
– Total work orders written to date: 34
– Total work orders completed to date: 10
– Total work orders still to be assess: 18
– Total volunteers to date: 7
– Total volunteers hours to date: 240

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Flood Highlights

We
have been working hard to find safety supplies like rubber boots, rubber
gloves, goggles, and Tyvek suits.  While working in the DAC we were
instructed as to how to get plugged into the system where the donations can be
requested and accepted.  This lead to the donation and shipment of a large
quantity of goggles which we have already received.  It also lead to a
large donation of rubber boots and Tyvek which we hope to receive by Tuesday
the 1st of October.



Receiving
shipments of donated goods and equipment can present some logistical issues as
we do not have any storage space and we would have to figure out how to have
someone constantly available to receive potential shipments.  A
conversation in church Saturday night (the 21st of September) lead
to an offer of warehouse space and support to accept, unload, and store any
shipments for no costs.  We are very grateful to Focus on the Family for
this support and the subsequent support this provides to their local community.

 

The ministry tool trailer was reconfigured to support the
flooding.  Updates include new tool holders for rakes and shovels, the
installation of some shelving, and hooks to hold the pole saw.


On
Tuesday the 24
th of September Byron had gone to Lowes to get
supplies needed for the days work.  When the items were rung up at the
register a man in line paid for the purchase.



Tuesday
the 24th we were invited to a meeting with the manager of the
Colorado Springs Emergency Operations Center (EOC).  The purpose of the
meeting was to determine what the city could do to helps us help the community.
One result was free access to dumpsters that are placed through out the
city so we can dump debris from our cleanup efforts.  Another result was
access to a pump that we can borrow, from the fire department, to pump out
basements.  We have already taken advantage of both of these offers.

 

On
Thursday the 26
th we had a half pallet of bottled water donated and
delivered.  The water is now in the tool trailer.  We also went out
to Canon City to do an assessment.



Friday
we worked on Rena’s house.  She is a single mom with many life struggles.
We were able to remove three truckloads of debris from her basement and
remove some drywall and treat for mold.  She prayed with us when we
started work and we closed the day. Keep Rena in your prayers.  She needs
to move due to the condition of her home.  The foundation is compromised.
She was denied help from FEMA and does not have flood insurance or
adequate homeowners insurance to resolve the issues.  Please pray with us
that as she endures the trails in front of her, that she will find a
relationship with Jesus.



We
found a small supply of Tyvek suits, which we were able to use Saturday the 28th
with a small team to clear all of the debris from a home of an elderly widow.
A total of eight truckloads were hauled to the dumpsters that the city
provided.  The basement is now clear of debris.



We
have been engaged in the VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster)
which is the main nationwide agency coordinating the volunteer activities in
the large disasters.   Our engagement is in the local regional
chapter and in the Colorado state chapter. This gives us increased credibility
with the city, county, state, and federal agencies.



We will be working Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
for the next couple of weeks (or until we work through all of the work orders).
This gives us Tuesdays and Thursdays to assess and catch up with all of
the reporting paperwork for the city, county, FEMA, and other agencies to whom
we are accountable.  If you want to volunteer please send us an email (info@hoperestored.org)
with the days you are available.  This will help us to create the work
schedules.

 


Please continue to pray that God will open the doors for us in the local churches.  

As always we are extremely grateful for your prayer support.  We look forward to hearing from you in person, on the phone, email, snail mail, or Facebook.  Until then; here, there, or in the air!

 

In His Service,

 
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Work Day Announcement for Colorado Springs Flood

 

Newsletter & Flood Update

September 27th, 2013

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Work Day – TOMORROW 
and we need volunteers!!!

We have a work day tomorrow. And we are looking for up to 40 volunteers.

If you are available and interested in working, please email us so we will send you the details. 

 

You can email us at: info@hoperestored.org

 

We are planning to work Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday of next week. Please email us if you can join us. 

 
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As always we are extremely grateful for your prayer support.  We look forward to hearing from you in person, on the phone, email, snail mail, or Facebook.  Until then; here, there, or in the air!
 

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Call for Volunteers – Colorado Springs Flood

Newsletter & Flood Update

September 24th, 2013

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We Need Volunteers!

We are ready to start work! We have some jobs that we can do with our current supplies. The plan is to work two jobs TODAY. With new jobs being announced on our Facebook page, click here.

Job 1 is a small job and will require 2 – 3 volunteers to help load cut carpet (dry) on to a truck, cut and remove a small amount of dry drywall and load it into a truck. This job started at 10:00am.

Job 2 is a larger job and will include carpet removal, cutting drywall and hauling things out of the basement to a dumpster. This job can use 6 to 8 volunteers. This job is scheduled to start at 12:30 and run through 4:00. You will need a pair of heavy rubber gloves to work this job.

If you are interested in working either job we need to hear from you as soon as possible. To register for the project, click here or email us at info@hoperestored.org.

We will be in the field assessing more work orders today and tomorrow.

PRAISE REPORT: We have made some significant progress in getting the supplies and equipment required to do some of the heavier work. We are hopeful to hear of the timing of gear arriving tomorrow.

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Colorado Flood Update & Call for Volunteers

 

 

Newsletter & Flood Update

September 20th, 2013

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Flood Update

Colorado has been slammed this year with some of the worst disasters that it has experienced.  Currently Colorado is in the process of recovering from the worst flooding in the state’s history.  As we are writing this letter the stats for the flooding are: 7 confirmed dead (2 in our county of El Paso), 143 missing (down from 1,200), 1918 square miles affected over 17 counties.   There are thousands of homes destroyed or damaged in Northern Colorado.  There are hundreds of homes damaged or destroyed in the Southern Colorado area (Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Pueblo, Canyon City, and La Junta).  All of the major disaster relief agencies and ministries have committed their resources to work in the Northern Colorado areas.  We will be focusing on Southern Colorado.

 

Our decision to focus on Southern Colorado for flood response brings a set of challenges that we are working through.  We covet your prayers for wisdom and guidance.  We are working hard to establish the equipment list for the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required to keep volunteers safe as they work.  As we establish the details of this list we are struggling with the challenges of sourcing the products we need.  We are hopeful that we will have these issues solved in the next couple of days so we can start work early next week.  We are looking for someone to help us with finding the resources to keep the volunteers safe.  If you know someone who works in the safety equipment industry please let us know.  Some of the equipment needed includes: N95 masks, cut resistant waterproof gloves, waterproof Tyvek type suits, knee height rubber boots (steel toe and shank would be best), and goggles.

 

The city of Colorado Springs stood up a Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) for three days the 19th through the 21st of September. We went yesterday and met with eight people requesting help with flood recovery.  We will start the assessment process for these eight today.  We will also be back at the DAC for today and tomorrow to meet with flood victims as they come in looking for assistance.

 

Flood response includes a variety of work and is considered the most difficult of the disaster responses.  Work performed will include pumping water, moving mud and debris, removing personal items, removing carpets and pads, tearing our drywall and insulation, and clean up.  The main dangers in this work are the bacteria and contaminants in the water and the unseen trip, poke, and cut hazards.  Please pray for the volunteers as we engage in this work.  We diligently seek God’s protection and guidance as we work.

 

Read below for volunteer opportunities!

 

Please continue to pray that God will open the doors for us in the local churches. Have a contact at a local church that is interested? Please email (info@hoperestored.org) or call us!

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We Need Volunteers!

Project Announcement

 

 

Project: Yard
Clean Up

 

Date(s): Saturday
September 23rd 20139:00am to 3:00pm

 

Location:  The home is in the Colorado Springs near
Flintridge and Academy.  If you will be
attending please let us know as we will send out the address to those who have
sign up.

 

Project Description:  We will be cutting some tree limbs, loading
tree limbs into a truck for hauling, and raking up the yard.We will be raking
leaves, pine needles, and debris, and picking up small debris.  We will also be removing some brush and scrub
oak as well as trimming and cutting trees.

 

What is Needed: We
will be providing six to eight rakes, a wheelbarrow, tarps, a pole saw, branch
cutters, and a truck.  We need four to
eight people. 

 

General Guidelines:

Christian Conduct: No drugs, alcohol, smoking, foul
language, off color jokes, or other inappropriate communications.

 

Dress: Please
wear suitable and modest work clothes and sturdy shoes. 

 

Other:  Please bring hats, gloves, lunch, and
sunscreen. 

 

Please let us know if you are coming so we can properly
plan. To volunteer, click here.

 

Need more information?
Have a question?  Please call or
write:  719.749.6286 or
info@hoperestored.org.

As always we are extremely grateful for your prayer support.  We look forward to hearing from you in person, on the phone, email, snail mail, or Facebook.  Until then; here, there, or in the air!

In His Service,

 
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