Monday, August 28, 2017

Texas Update

Report from Arklie Hooten:
The situation in Texas has gone from bad to worse. As of this morning, Monday August 28, we know of at least 25 PCA families that have had their homes flooded; that number will rise significantly over the next few days.  At least two PCA physical plants have flooding and the flooded area is growing by the minute.  Harvey is forecast to be back over water just offshore of the coast during the next couple of days and there is potential for re-strengthening.  We have received reports that some PCA folks are awaiting rescue as the water continues to rise; another 25” of rain or more is predicted over the next few days.

MNA Disaster Response continues to consult with leaders in TX and will continue to be until we can get into the area to assess how we might respond with them. Flooded roadways are preventing access at the time with no movement in or out. However, MNA will begin sending mobile bunkhouses, shower trailers and other equipment into the area over the next few days to standup relief operations by pre-positioning this large equipment just outside of the hardest hit areas so that we can move in as soon as safe access is permitted. MNA is working with leaders to determine the best strategic host sites.

For now, please do the following to support your denominational relief efforts:

  1. Pray for relief from the storm and for those being rescued and affected by this storm.
  2. Give generously. Click this link or paste this address in your browser to support efforts financially: Funds will be used for assessment, mobilization, relief grants for flooded PCA families and churches, to purchase needed supplies and equipment, to construct Sheds of Hope, and to setup and operate flood recovery sites.
  3. Send relief supplies & equipment. For a list of needed supplies click here.
  4. Prepare to GO. Click here to register your intent to serve. 
 After this information went out we learned that Rick Lenz, MNA Disaster Response South Central Region is setting up a volunteer center in The Woodlands and bringing in equipment. They are not ready to accept volunteers at this time, as the waters have not yet receded. In fact, the rain continues to fall. Look for more details to follow.  

In this region, we are encouraging churches and individuals to donate flood buckets, to help replenish the stock at the MNA Warehouse. We expect the ones in stock to go out later this week so we need to replenish the stock for the next shipment to Texas. This video shows how to assemble flood buckets. We will be happy to pick them up from within the TAG Region and take them to the warehouse.