Kicking off June with 34 members on the ground in Wimberley, Texas to assist with flood relief after the Lone Star State received a torrential amount of rain in recent weeks. Another 25 members are en route to ramp up our efforts as we team up with the community to tackle a growing amount of work orders submitted by local residents.
Here’s a run down on the tasks at hand:
- Manning the volunteer reception centers in the town of Wimberley, TX. Over the weekend, more than 1,000 spontaneous volunteers showed up to lend a hand to their neighbors.
- Damage assessments. With the help of Palantir Tech, we’re surveying neighborhoods and logging assessments to dispatch members and local volunteers who wish to support the collective effort. We’re also assessing Caldwell County which also suffered a great deal of destruction.
- Chainsaw operations. On Thursday, one of TR’s certified sawyers will host an in-the-field training course for members to get hands-on skills cutting up downed trees in town.
- Debris management. Strike teams and spontaneous volunteers are hauling and sorting debris at the curbs for pick-up.
- Muck outs. As the water recedes, strike teams are getting into neighborhoods and clearing out flooded homes.
We’re teaming up with local emergency management agencies, hard-charging community leaders, and partnering organizations like AmeriCorps and ITDRC in helping Texans get back on their feet.