Friendswood Friends Church Tropical Storm Harvey Recovery Operations Daily Report
Date: 30 August 2017
This daily report is being written to keep all of those that are interested in the Friendswood Friends Church Tropical Storm Harvey recovery operations effort informed of our activities.
The Friendswood Friends Church (FFC) resides in area about 26 miles south of Houston, TX. In 2001 Tropical Storm Allison caused the 500-year rainfall event. There was major flooding in Friendswood at that time. Many people believed that was the storm of a lifetime. Tropical Storm Allison has been superseded by Tropical Storm Harvey, which has been classified as the 800-year rainfall event. Rainfall in some parts of Friendswood were measured at greater than 4 feet (48”). This caused catastrophic flooding and over 3,000 homes were flooded. Some of these homes belong to our FFC members. Our Worship Center and Office Complex also suffered some water damage from roof leaks. As we collectively did after Tropical Storm Allison, we are picking up the pieces of our lives and marshalling our efforts to begin the long process of recovery.
This daily activity report is intended to chronicle our recovery efforts, provide a list of needed items, provide points of contact, and provide lessons learned.
The primary activities and accomplishments for 30 August 2017, consisted of:
• A kick-off meeting was held to develop the FFC Tropical Storm Harvey response operations plan.
• The initial concept of operations is to have self-directed work teams assist FFC members who request assistance with their flood damaged homes. The teams will perform the initial remedial actions of drywall removal (where indicated), carpet removal, and removal of unsalvageable furniture.
• Primary FFC communications responsibilities have been assigned to Molly Black, 832-860-0992.
• FFC Recovery Teams were assigned to four (4) homes today and began remedial work. Efforts will continue on these homes tomorrow (31 August).
• Requests to assist FFC have come in from all over the country and continue to come in. Processes are being developed to funnel any donated material items and funds to their intended organizations. These processes have not yet been completed but will be posted to the FFC Facebook page and our FFC website as soon as they are worked out.
• A line of communication was established with The City of Friendswood Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Faith Based Organizations Coordinator, Moe Mayes (281-236-7080). At this point we were instructed to not take any more donations for the City of Friendswood, as their collection facilities were overflowing. They are working hard to stand up a distribution facility convenient to our citizens.
• We were contacted by Quint Bryan of Friends Disaster Service associated with the Eastern Yearly Meeting. They would like to send supplies but were instructed to wait a few weeks, and we will let them know exactly what items we need to assist in our recovery operations.
• It was determined that, at this time, the FFC will not be able to support work teams from outside our local area. If a work team or individual wants to come and assist the FFC work teams, and if they are self-sufficient for their housing (like the use of a trailer or motor home) then we may be able to put them to work. Contact Tom Samson, FFC Recovery Response Coordinator at 281-221-1320, to discuss options.
• It was determined that monetary donations can be made directly to Friendswood Friends Church at our website. These donations will be used 100% for our recovery efforts. Also, monetary donations can be made to the Mid-America Yearly Meeting (ffcmaym.org) who will then distribute those funds to other Houston Area Friends Churches. Molly Black developed a current list of FFC members who experienced flooding in their homes. That number is currently 29 with 25 of those requesting assistance with their recovery.
• Volunteers sign-in forms were generated and in use to track the number of volunteers and the hours of work they provide.
• A daily meeting of work teams is scheduled for 07:30 at FFC before the daily work assignments are made and the teams depart for their work. A 5:30 PM daily meeting with the work team leaders is also scheduled to discuss their progress, work issues, supply issues, and the likely schedule for the next two days.
• A Transportation Ministry is being developed for those who have lost their vehicles to the flood waters and need some light local transportation to the grocery store, doctor appointment, etc. The details of this ministry are being worked out and will be posted in the next few days. The point of contact for this ministry will be Tony Daniels at 281-731-1132.
• Today’s afternoon starting effort utilized approximately 41 volunteers that worked 117 hours of donated time.
1. Local volunteers to assist with initial flooded home remedial work. Each volunteer will need their own equipment such as: sturdy work gloves, sturdy work shoes, safety glasses, N95 dust mask, Sawzall, small pry bar, and hammer.
2. Cleaning Supplies: Clorox type bleach, pump sprayers, shop vacs, brooms, dust pans, spray bottles, garbage bags, and utility knives.
3. Other supplies needed: moving boxes for removing items from flooded homes.
4. Local volunteer drivers: need FFC members with reliable transportation to assist with the transportation of church members who have lost their vehicles to the recent flood.
Over the next week FFC will be working to provide initial remedial flood recovery support for affected FFC members. When schools and businesses re-open after the Labor Day Weekend, many of our current work team will have to go back to their regular jobs and workplaces. At that time FFC will re-assess our work team support needs and determine our support requirements.
The near term local weather in Friendswood will be good enough for recovery efforts to continue.
Points of Contact
Tom Samson, FFC Recovery Response and Donations Coordinator at 281-221-1320.
Molly Black, FFC Recovery Response Communications at 832-860-0992.
Moe Mayes, The City of Friendswood Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Faith Based Organizations Coordinator, 281-236-7080.
Tony Daniels, FFC Transportation Ministry Coordinator, 281-731-1132.