Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Central Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) Texas Wildfires Call Notes


One Star Foundation

OneStar is putting up the Volunteer Portal as quickly as possible.

Texas Baptist Men Region 21

The shelter with our Austin Shower/Laundry unit at Ascencion Catholic Church, Bastrop closed at 8pm Friday night, and rolled up and returned the unit to Austin.

Many shelter residents with insurance are going to hotels, or are arranging to live with friends. Those whose homes survived by God's grace and are located where roads have been reopened away from areas still hot with potential to flare - are returning home even though weeks may pass before water and electrical services can be restored through adjacent burned out areas.

As the 12-15 original shelters coalesced into 3 shelters, other feeding and shower/laundry units are supporting at these sites.

We may be needed later to support clean-out and chainsaw crews although FEMA is currently bringing in private contractors to supply TX National Guard workers incoming into the area.


The United Methodist Church had Spiritual and Emotional Care Teams in Bastrop this past week serving the evacuees/survivors at the Bastrop Middle School shelter early in the week and then at the Convention Center the remainder of the week. We served hundreds of people there with: spiritual and emotional care dispensed information, assisted in rehabbing firefighters, and otherwise served to support and encourage the people as they came to the Convention Center to find out if their homes had burned.

The Austin District of the United Methodist Church have scheduled two training sessions (Sept. 16th and Sept. 24th) to train and credential other Early Responders for the clean up efforts.

Capitol Area Food Bank

Capital Area Food Bank of TX (CAFB) held an emergency meeting for Partner Agency food pantries in the Bastrop and surrounding areas at the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry .

All CAFB Partner Agencies report that they have been active in response efforts. All are providing food and other assistance to families and first responders. All report that their immediate needs are taken care of. Smithville reports that the Smithville Recreation Center is very organized and running smoothly. Primera Baptist has also been running as a shelter since Sunday.

CAFB Commitment and Long Term Care Plans

CAFB recognizes all Partner Agencies in the affected and surrounding areas as disaster agencies. These agencies have the commitment of CAFB that we will give priority in making sure all their needs are met so that they can meet the need of the community. CAFB is working with Central TX VOAD ( The Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) (, Texas Food Bank Network (, Feeding America ( and State Emergency Mgmt to coordinate efforts.

· All CAFB Partner Agencies in affected and surrounding areas are instructed use the ADRN call center and refer victims to the ADRN Victim Hotline 512-331-2600 & ADRN Public Hotline at 512-331-2200which is open from 8am – 10pm

· CAFB Has appointed the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry as CAFB’s main point for centralized disaster coordination for all partners. Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry will assist in continued coordination and unity of all affected partners. Please include Tresha Silva on all future disaster updates

· CAFB will make a statement of visibility and response by having a mobile pantry distribution at Bastrop Emergency Food Pantry on Tuesday, September 13 from 2 -4 p.m. This distribution serves many purposes:

· First and foremost, to provide family boxes to families affected by this major disaster

· To make a statement to the media and community that the Capital Area Food Bank and its network of food pantries are present and are taking the leadership role in the area of food assistance, both disaster and daily

· Raise awareness that this pantry is where our victims can receive long term care

· Raise awareness of the needs of the community, to spur food donations and assure continued support

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