Texas Disaster Relief Update

Texas Disaster Relief Update

September 2, 2017…

Dear Volunteers,

Our first team to Houston will deploy this Sunday morning. Through the week, I will be setting up the details for the other teams deployments with CBDR, WY and the other states that want to assist us with volunteers(Alaska, KS/NE and California).  This is going to be a major deployment and this one will be different as we will be the only team working out of this church. We will  be setting up an IC on Tuesday at the church.  I look forward to serving with this first group and then the others as we continue our efforts.

Here are the details for our deployment:

Date: Sunday, September 3rd

Location: Colorado Baptists Convention Office

7393 South Alton Way

Centennial, CO 80112

Time: 8:00 a.m.

We will arrive at our location on Monday evening around 7:00 p.m. On Tuesday we will begin setting up all feeding units. Wednesday will begin feeding 3 meals a day for 1K people.

Note: we will be staying in a hotel on Sunday evening. (we will try to make this cost for you as low as possible).  You are responsible for all food etc. while traveling. Once on site you will have meals provided, shower laundry unit and room to sleep.  Please bring your own bedding. The church is providing towels and washcloths for us.

Our Location for the deployment:

Houston Second Baptist Church

West Campus

19449 Katy Freeway

Houston, TX

Looking forward to seeing you in the morning.

Serving Together,

Dennis Belz


From the WSBC Staff:

For those who want to help with cost of deploying the Colorado DR equipment and other costs, you can donoate directly to them click here… 

For those that want to donate to NAMB DR directly you can donate click here…  

NAMB is adjusting requirements for volunteers to deploy, trained, certified, or not.  A link to volunteer as individuals or churches can be found here… 

Thursday, August 31st…

CBDR STAND BY  UPDATE

Dear CBDR & WSBC DR Volunteers,

I know that everyone is itching to deploy to TX to assist with the recovery efforts, but we need to be patient and be praying for all of those that are involved in this disaster.  The efforts are still in the Search and Rescue stage and until this is completed and the waters recede, we will not be allowed in to the areas of need. On our NAMB conference call yesterday we were told that the Governor and Mayors in Texas have asked organizations to wait until things are safe and roads are passable. So, please be patient and don’t lose your desire to want to respond!

I will send out two updates per week to keep you informed of the status. When we know when we will be actually deploy, you will get a email update with information of when and where we anticipate to be deployed. This will follow with an email of where we will deploy from in Colorado.  We will caravan on this long trip with our vehicles and equipment. These efforts are going to last for months into 2018. Teams will be asked to deploy for no longer than 2 weeks at a time and after a break can return.  As of today, we have several states that have called and asked if they could serve with us. This includes: Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, California and Alaska! We will need this help as we are looking at a very long term deployment effort.

Let me share with you that we have had several volunteers working very hard to make sure all our vehicles and units are ready to roll. We want to be able to help with the needs of those who are suffering from Hurricane Harvey.

I want to thank you for your willingness to Bring: Help, Hope and Healing to those in Texas. Please be patient and keep watching your email for updates.

Be sure to check our CBDR Website www.coloradodr.org and share the information about giving to help CBDR in assisting those in Texas.

Serving Together,

Dennis Belz,  CBDR-Dir.


From the WSBC Staff:

For those who want to help with cost of deploying the Colorado DR equipment and other costs, you can donoate directly to them click here… 

For those that want to donate to NAMB DR directly you can donate click here…  

NAMB is adjusting requirements for volunteers to deploy, trained, certified, or not.  A link to volunteer as individuals or churches can be found here… 

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Wednesday, August 30th…

The North American Mission Board is developing ways to get more people that want to respond to the Harvey disaster, even if they have not been formally DR trained at this point.  The needs are overwhelming the system and it is time for all hands on deck.  Here is late breaking news from NAMB on how to respond to this disaster, as an individual or as a church…

“If you have churches that are asking to go but are not formally trained in disaster relief, nor do they want to be trained at this point, please encourage them to go to www.namb.net/Harvey to sign up as volunteers. We will begin working to place their group in this response to serve and meet the needs from this storm.”

If you are wanting to respond to this disaster, and you are from one of, or friend of, our cooperating churches in Wyoming WE REALLY WANT TO KNOW IF YOU ARE GOING.  Even if you use the link above to get connected, would you please also let us know at our office, email Beth Williams or call her at 307-472-4087.  We can connect you with our Wyoming/Colorado disaster response if you will let us know of your interest.

Thanks.


Tuesday, August 29th…

Dear CBDR Volunteers,

As of this afternoons call with NAMB, all SBDR teams are still on STANDBY status due to the Texas flood waters that have the main interstates closed. They may open up later this week, but then we will still  be unable to get into the flooded areas until the water recedes and those roads are passable. Please be patient as we wait for the final “GO” response. On today’s NAMB call they are anticipating around September 5th for allowing teams to go in (this is not yet confirmed and could change at any time).

I am thankful for all those that have responded and helped getting all of our vehicles ready to roll. You have done a great job!

This Wednesday is the next NAMB Conference call and I will be able to update this report then. In the meantime, begin to get all your gear together and get some rest. You will need the rest to keep you going once we hit the ground running! CBDR will most likely be doing multiple deployments over the next several months. We need “ALL HANDS ON DECK”.  Each deployment will need to have multi teams deploy. It is most likely that TX SBDR will assign states to a specific community and that will be their ministry. New flooding is now happening in parts of Louisiana, so SBDR will also be deploying to those areas in the coming days. NOTE: We will deploy as soon as we get the information for the date and location! You will be notified as soon as I get the information!

Some local Texas SBDR Teams are on the ground working in the Gulf Coast area near Rockport and Port Aransas where the major wind damage occurred. Officials have asked for outside teams to not deploy until they know things are safe and passable. It was mentioned that other National Organizations deployed and are now unable to work as their equipment and vehicles are in flood waters!  Please pray for the residents and the emergency workers in both of these states.

Serving Together,

Dennis Belz   CBDR-Dir.    720-438-9312

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Saturday, August 26th…

STANDBY ALERT  To: Wyoming Disaster Relief Volunteer Team

WYDR will respond to Hurricane Harvey with Colorado and National DR personnel and resources.

Please respond to this email with your availability to DEPLOY to TEXAS very soon!

The following has been received from our Colorado Disaster Relief Partners:

URGENT CBDR NEED:  DRIVERS and FEEDING VOLUNTEERS

Dear CBDR Volunteers,

As you have already heard, CBDR is on STANDBY to deploy to TEXAS!  We have been getting our trailers and vehicles ready for the trip, but have run in to a HUGE NEED.  Many of our drivers are not available at this time. If we cannot get drivers to pull our trailers and equipment, we will not be able to deploy and assist those that are in need from this devastating storm.  If you have experience in pulling trailers, would you please pray about being a part of this team that is needed. Our first response is the getting the feeding units to Texas. (The following are the units that need to presently deploy):

  • CBDR F350 Which will pull the 20’ trailer with feeding equipment and supplies.
  • 6×12 utility trailer will have a Water Buffalo, Tilt Skillet and two generators
  • Driver needed for the van to take volunteers (could possibly pull the utility trailer)
  • Generator Trailer (flatbed with attached unit)

If you have not been certified by CBDR to drive our vehicles, we can make it possible to conduct a training before we leave. I would need to know of your availability to do this. Please email me or text me with your response as soon as possible. I will keep you informed of the deployment date. The feeding should be ready to leave very shortly!

NOTE:  We still need Feeding Volunteers!  If you can help with this, please contact  Cheryl Wood (CBDR Feeding Lead) at jcismyls@gmail.com

David Schroeder    WSBC Disaster Relief Director

NOTE:  If you are responding to this need from Wyoming please email David Schroeder and Beth Williams so we know and can pray for you!

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Saturday, August 26th…

Dear Pastors,

Would you please announce this Sunday, the need for PRAYER as CBDR Volunteers  deploy to the Texas Area in the next few days to provide assistance to those in need. We will be doing the following ministries:

  • Mass Feeding
  • Mud-Out
  • Opportunities to share Christ

We appreciate your prayers and support of CBDR! Hurricane Harvey was (and still is) a major storm and it will remain along the Gulf Coast for many days causing major flooding. We are now preparing to deploy our Feeding and Mud Out teams to one of those needed areas and will be taking 4 of our vehicles and trailers on this deployment. This will be a long term event and will need to send other teams over the coming weeks.  So please keep CBDR and all the other SBDR teams in your prayers as we attempt to Bring: Help, Hope and Healing to those along the Gulf Coast!

Please encourage those in your church that are involved in CBDR to be a part of this deployment.

Serving Together,

Dennis Belz   CBDR-Dir.   720-438-9312

 

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