On September 28, Ed Rutenkroger, Beacon District Disaster Coordinator, and Windsor On-Site Coordinator reports:
“Our first ERT team arrived today and opened up floors in one house to begin the drying process. Mid-afternoon they were moved to another house to remove flooring, baseboards, etc. and have cleared two rooms. They will return to the same house over the next two days. Also, a one-day team will be here tomorrow and will work with Site Director, Tommy Gilbert, on several homes needing tarps. We will need other teams to return to some of these homes for ductwork removal and other under house work.
Since there are over 60 homes with identified storm or flood damage and in an attempt to get more teams, the NC Conference Disaster Response Committee is now asking for ERT-led teams. 27 of those homes have registered with UM Disaster Response as of this afternoon. The need for teams is great.
Bertie VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) met twice today. This AM to update one another and define roles. The PM meeting was specific to current housing needs. Red Cross (RC), CADA (Choanoke Area Development Association), and Catholic Charities are the primary contacts for this problem. We have 30 identified families displaced to hotels with limited RC assistance and only ten identified rental units available in the county. Please be prayerful as we work together to keep all survivors safely sheltered for the short term and a transition to more stable housing as soon as possible.
Cliff Harvell, Tommy Gilbert, Donna Brander and Bill Haddock have been with us the past two days, and we are grateful for their on the ground guidance and help. Many thanks to Rev. Joan Fischer and members of the Windsor UMC who are hosting teams and have been helping with intake paperwork, and many on-the-ground tasks.”