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.
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.
Tuesday the 24th 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.
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.
Thursday the 26th 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.
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
with the days you are available. This will help us to create the work