Disaster Recovery, Roundup (Montana)
With Musselshell County Recovery Team
Return to this netry after your trip to share experiences.
Contact: Tammy Zemliska
MCRT Volunteer Coordinator
P.O. Box 713
Roundup, MT 59072
The Disaster Event ~ In June 2012 wildfires in Montana destroyed 72 homes and hundreds of miles of ranch fencing. Roundup is located in Musselshell County, 35 miles north of Billings, the largest city in the state. It is one of the poorest counties in the state. The economics of the valley depend on cattle and sheep ranches, farming of hay, corn and sorghum along with some oil and coal production. The negative impact of the wildfires and destroyed fencing on the livelihoods of ranchers has been tremendous.
View first-hand account of the fires. Cody Kinn talks about saving his amily's home from the Dahl Fire south of Roundup, Montana.
Project/Focus: Cut down burned trees, cleanup and removal of fire remains. People with chain saw experience and saws are especially needed. Please note, these trees have large carbon content and are hard on saws. In late April, or as soon as winter has passed, there will be a need to repair homes, and replace fencing, including corner posts.
- 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 Relief Volunteers." Free copies may be ordered from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by calling 800.328.4648 (ISBN 6-0001-6788-1); pay shipping only. group leaders are responsible for coordinating these sessions.
- Follow up Action: Help your local community prepare for possible disaster and response. Be sure your local congregation has a plan in case of local disaster (View sample plan). Get to know your UCC Conference Disaster Coordinator and stay involved.
UCC Identity: UCC Disaster Recovery T-shirts available for purchase from United Church of Christ Resources 800.537.3394 or www.ucc.org under "BUY IT"cost of T-shirt: $700 + shipping and handling.
Time: Work will continue through October 2013. Arrive on Sunday; depart Saturday. Work Monday through Friday. The Long Term Disaster Team will work through the winter of 2012-2013 (weather permitting).
Accommodations: Community Center in a previously used high school building. Cots provided. Bring your own sleeping bag. Showers and kitchen facilities provided. Bring bath towels, clothing and personal items, heavy work shoes.
Costs: $50 per person per week to the Volunteer Coordinator. This fee helps host organization offset utilities and other routine maintenance for building. Costs for building materials and tools, and construction supervision provided through local partners in Montana. Your donations to One Great Hour of Sharing® help make possible the local work of the Long-Term Recovery.
Minimum age: 18 years
Group Size: Any size.