Devotional Subject: Disasters

Devotional Subject: Disasters

South Carolina Recovery

In early October, 2015 heavy rains inundated South Carolina. Columbia, SC was heavily impacted  as nearly 4313 families in Lexington County and 18031 in Richland County registered with FEMA for assistance. As needs assessments continue and long-term recovery needs are being identified UCC Disaster Ministries is working closely with FEMA and other agencies to begin repairs on select homes that qualify to receive assistance and require minimal casework.

DRSI_Logo.jpgThe Disaster Recovery Support Initiative (DRSI) is a new project that has been developed collaboratively with the United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries (UCCDM), Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (CCDOC), and Church of the Brethren Disaster Ministries (BDM). The focus of this Initiative is to provide support for the development of local Long Term Recovery Groups by deploying a small team of experienced individuals to a disaster affected area soon after the incident.  The team’s purpose is to train, coach, and mentor local leaders and volunteers as they plan their own recovery in order to help them start the work of rebuilding homes faster and more efficiently.

 


 Work Needed: Repair/Rebuild homes damaged by flooding. Work ranges from basic carpentry to sheetrock, flooring, painting, roofing, insulation and finish molding

Site management: Site and construction management is being provided by UCC Disaster Ministries in partnership with local recovery agencies

Time: Arrive Sunday afternoon and depart Saturday morning; work Monday-Friday  

Minimum Age: 15 years (senior high age groups accepted)

Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:4

Maximum Group Size: 12

Accommodations: Holy Apostles Orthodox Church at 724 Buff St., West Columbia, SC

Required: Insurance certificate from the sending church and waiver forms

Tools: Tools are provided for most types of carpentry work however, groups are encouraged to bring their favorite tools

Cost:  $50/person/week

Meals: Groups will be expected to purchase and prepare their own meals.

Scheduling: Contact Lana Landis at SCprojectdrsi@gmail.com or 330-701-6042, DRSI Volunteer Registration/Release form can be found here.


Monmouth County, NJ - Hurricane Sandy Disaster Recovery

Volunteers are still needed in New Jersey and especially in Monmouth and Ocean Counties as many individuals and families still remain displaced from Superstorm Sandy.

There were over 72,000 homes effected in New Jersey and many of these residents are still not recovered. Recovery has been slow due to a lack of personal funds, a lack in volunteerism and delays in the many state and local grants opportunities available.  UCC Disaster Ministries has partnered with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Lutheran Disaster Response to continue the work in NJ. Through this partnership each organization is providing resources and support for the ongoing work.


HOLMDEL UCC HURRICANE SANDY VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

Work Needed/Type of work:  Repair/rebuild homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy.    Work ranges from basic carpentry to sheetrock, flooring, painting, and finish molding.  Sometimes, based on the volunteers' skills, other jobs can be accomplished.

Site management:   Site and construction management is being provided by UCC Disaster Ministries in partnership with LSMNJ Disaster Recovery.

Time: Arrive Sunday afternoon and depart Saturday morning; work Monday-Friday - or as mutually agreed on. 

Minimum Age:   16 years

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:3

Maximum Group Size:  12

Accommodations:  You will be housed in the Youth Room of our newly renovated Fellowship Hall.  Cots will be provided.  There is a lounge area with TV as well as pool and ping pong tables for your enjoyment.  You will also have use of our full kitchen and beautiful backyard.  There is one shower on site, but those over 18 will also be able to shower at the Fitness Center of Brookdale Community College – a 5-minute drive from the church.  We are across the street from an excellent deli for breakfast and lunch, and within walking distance of a family restaurant/pizzeria.  A supermarket is close by.

Location:   Holmdel, NJ - approximately 15 minutes from Union Beach, Keyport and other Northern Monmouth County construction sites.

Required: Insurance certificate from the sending church and waiver forms (to be supplied).

Tools: Limited tools are available at the construction sites, but groups should plan to bring their own tools when possible.

Cost:  $20/person/night

Meals: If desired, we will provide pizza on the first night and one dinner (on a mutually agreeable day).  Groups will be expected to purchase and prepare all other meals.  

Scheduling process/contact:  Joy Blazak, LSMNJ Disaster Recovery Housing Manager:(office) 848-206-2551.  Email:  jblazak@lsmnj.org


HURRICANE SANDY VOLUNTEER INFORMATION: HOUSING IN CAMP EVANS, WALL, N.J.

Work Needed: Repair/rebuild homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Work ranges from basic carpentry to sheetrock, flooring, painting, and finish molding. Sometimes, based upon the volunteers skills, other job needs can be accomplished.

Site management: Site and construction management is being provided by UCC Disaster Ministries in partnership with local recovery agencies, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and Lutheran Disaster Response.

Time: Arrive Sunday afternoon and depart Saturday morning; work Monday - Friday

Minimum Age: 16 years (senior high age groups accepted)

Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:3

Maximum Group Size: 60

Accommodations:  Camp Evans in Wall, NJ is a “brand new” 144 bed facility built after Sandy. The facility has 3 large bunk rooms (separated by gender), bathrooms, 2 TV areas, wifi, a game room, computer room, cafeteria room, kitchen trailer, and 2 shower trailers each with a washer and a dryer. The building is located within a gated facility that has plenty of parking and outdoors space.

Required: Insurance certificate from the sending church and waiver forms

Tools: Limited tools are available on site but groups should plan to bring their own tools when possible

Cost:  $20 per person per night (includes access to all Camp Evans amenities)

Meals: Groups will be expected to purchase and prepare their own meals

Scheduling: 866-732-6121 or pda.callcenter@pcusa.org

Volunteer Packet 

 


Education Components:

  • Preparation for the trip: "Mission Trips That Matter" by Don C. Richter, Upper Room Books
  • On-Site Reflection:  "Meeting God in the Ruins: Devotions for Disaster Volunteers" Free copies may be ordered from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by calling 800.638.3522 ext. 2580 (ISBN 6-0001-6788-1); pay shipping only.
  • Follow-Up Action:  Help your local community prepare for possible disaster and response.  Be sure your congregation has a plan in case of local disaster (View sample plan).  Get to know your UCC Conference Disaster Coordinator and stay involved.

Disaster Recovery - Northwest Florida

Disaster Recovery Northwest Florida (Walton)


Return to this entry after your trip to share experiences.

Contact:  Gabe Tischler, Catholic Charities of Florida
    Emergency Management Specialist

Email:  gtischler@flacathconf.org 

Phone: 850.443.2996

Website:  http://waltonltro.org/ or  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hammers-and-Hearts/183369785108668   or  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Catholic-Charities-of-Florida/478765615546909

The Disaster Event:  Tropical Storm Andrea came ashore in Northwest Florida on July 2, 2013.  It brought heavy winds and rain as far inland as Washington county.  For the next three days, the storm produced record rainfall in Washington, Bay and Walton Counties, with Washington County receiving close to to 20 inches of rain in less than 48 hours.  The large amount of rainfall caused flooding throughout the three counties.  The heavy winds broke branches off of trees, causing roof damage to homes.  As the ground became more saturated by the continuous rains, trees began to fall over, creating further damage to homes.  To date over 40 inches of rain has been recorded in the City of Vernon in Washington County.  County Emergency Management began receiving calls from homeowners who sustained damages to their homes, and 150 homes have been identified in the three counties, as needing assistance with repairs.  FEMA is not providing any individual assistance to disaster survivors, therefore all of the recovery efforts are handled by faith-based organizations.

Project/Focus:  Repair/Rebuild homes.  Roofing in Washington county is pertinent.  Gutting homes, replacing insulation, sheet rock repair and painting, flooring and other interior work also needed.

Educational/Advocacy Components:

  • Preparation for the trip: "Mission Trips That Matter" by Don C. Richter, Upper Room Books
  • On-Site Reflection:  "Meeting God in the Ruins: Devotions for Disaster Volunteers" Free copies may be ordered from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by calling 800.638.3522 ext. 2580 (ISBN 6-0001-6788-1); pay shipping only.
  • Follow-Up Action:  Help your local community prepare for possible disaster and response.  Be sure your congregation has a plan in case of local disaster (View sample plan).  Get to know your UCC Conference Disaster Coordinator and stay involved.

Time:  Arrive Sunday afternoon and depart Saturday morning.  Work Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Work is expected to continue through June 30, 2013.

Accommodations:  Housing for groups provided at local churches in one of the three counties; this is arranged through  Hammers and Hearts.  Cots and kitchen access provided.  Groups bring own bedding and prepare own meals.  (Some meals maybe provided by local churches.)  Showers, bathrooms, and lounge room for meetings available in church buildings.

Cost:  $10/day/person or $50/week/person.  Costs for case management, building materials, tools, and construction supervision provided through the local long-term recovery committee.  Your donations to UCC One Great Hours of Sharing® help make possible the local work of the Long-Term Recovery Committee.

Minimum Age:  18 years for roof-work; 16 years for interior and groundwork.

Group Size:  50 Maximum 

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:8  Each group should include a ration of at least 18 of skilled construction persons able to coordinate and teach others for each group.  Long Term Recovery committee provides general Construction Coordinator and materials through Hammers and Hearts who will provide construction and volunteer scheduling, coordination and housing arrangements in Walton, Washington or Bay County.

Time:  November 3, 2013 through March 2014

Tools:  Groups should bring standard carpentry tools (hammers and cordless screw drivers, etc.) No special tools will be required.  A majority of the work will be done on mobile homes.  Specific questions can be directed to Hammers and Hearts the Volunteer Coordinators upon registration.