Please click on the Hurricane Harvey Update button below to link to the CAMA services blog. This will help you STAY CURRENT on how to assist with Hurricane Harvey.
Additionally, our own Disaster Response Coordinator, Phil Lohmeyer will be on the ground in Houston on Wednesday, August 30th and will provide ongoing specifics to us on how to respond. See the section below (PHIL'S UPDATES) for his most recent information.
SEPTEMBER 5, 2017 - Hurricane Harvey Relief Help Update:
We are asking that if you want to send supplies to do that through other agencies that will get it to the distribution centers that have been established in the larger community.
Financial support that will help our relief efforts can be given to CAMA Services at: http://camaservices.org
Financial support to the Southwestern District for relief efforts can be done at: http://swdcma.org (look for the specific page).
If you want to come as a team or an individual please contact Rev. Charles Smith: email@example.com. If you are wanting to come as a solo worker we may be able to place you into a team that is already coming.
We need people who can work in heat (90+ degrees and 70% + humidity).
For safety most of the time you will need to wear long pants (no shorts); no flip flops, no open toed shoes, please bring sturdy shoes (mud and wet), strong work gloves, your own tools (hammer, pry bar, rakes, shovels, heavy duty/contractor garbage bags, sturdy brooms, pump sprayers), small generators to run power tools if you are bringing them. For personal use bring sunglasses, hats, insect repellent and sunscreen.
There are no easily available laundry facilities and your clothes will get dirty.
We do have showers. Bring your own bedding (you may be on the floor).
Bring your own food supply since food supplies are very limited at this (if you have questions contact Charles).
Please communicate skills that you have (including cleaning).
Please coordinate with Rev. Charles Smith (Houston coordinator). Early teams are going to be doing tear out, sprayer cleaning and disinfecting and then later teams may be doing more construction and remodeling. Please make sure that if you need special medications to bring enough for the time you are here since many of the pharmacies are limited right now. Anything you forget may not be readily available locally.
We can work with five (5) – ten (10) persons on a team.
We will be using two locations initially and hope to be able to expand to three. Teams will be assigned by Rev. Smith to the location where they will best be used. Length of stay should be three (3) to five (5) days. Longer is great but it requires us to coordinate where they will be working.
August 29, 2017 - I will be on the ground Wednesday morning and hope to have information on where to send needed items soon. Please wait until we have collection sights up and running before you send anything. Load your trucks, be ready... but stage at home for now.
Philip W. Lohmeyer, Disaster Response Coordinator