Up and Running in Texas

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Bobbi Snethen

Bobbi hails from Madison, WI, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she studied journalism and strategic communication. Following a stint as a freelance reporter, she served as a public relations professional in the nonprofit sector working to enhance community service through storytelling and online engagement.

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.

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Strike team Bravo piled up muck and debris from a home in Wimberley.

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.
The command staff hunker down in the Mobile Command Center to assess tomorrow's work orders.
The command staff hunker down in the Mobile Command Center to assess tomorrow’s work orders.

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.

Member of TR looking to deploy to Operation: Double Trouble? Sign up here. First-time viewer with an urge to serve? Join the team. Maybe you’ve got a few bucks to back up our efforts? Drop ’em here.