Region V Leaders,
First a comment on moving to a single annual meeting format in January because nothing happens in January and if an event is held in the South, surely travel will be easier. So much for dreaming.
Of the committee meetings I lead, one was a frustrating experience while the other was a productive and reaffirming experience. As I reflect on the management review committee meeting and my frustrations, I think they stem from disappointment. The personnel on the committee have, for the most part, walked shoulder-to-shoulder through this process for the past year as we completed the task of identifying and documenting management practices that must be addressed. This was our charter as an ad hoc committee. That work resulted in four recommendations.
Of those four recommendations, the ad hoc committee has been tasked to complete the actions of the most encompassing recommendation. We have been given new life and "morphed" beyond an ad hoc or temporary status committee. The good news is that we now have the opportunity to actually move from "identifying and defining" the problem(s) to making the "process correcting" recommendations to alter actions or inactons that cause the problem(s).
The bad news is that some committee members seem to have now reverted to, or stepped back into, promoting their "regional" agendas more than actually taking the actions necessary to move the entire process forward. I believe that I have enough relational "stock" to salvage the effort, and that I am right where God has prepared me to be, leading some while dragging others along. I enjoy the shepherding, not the dragging but then who does. So goes the life of servant leaders.
The Region V committee has grown through the challenges of the past year and the vision of where God is leading is coming into focus. I am encouraged. We are finally on the calendar for our first regional gathering of leaders. That activity is scheduled to take place- in Wyoming.
The unknowns regarding the Philippine rebuild opportunity caused us to take a deep breath. However, we have endorsed a reconnaissance team visit to identify the specifics of victim's needs, determine support available, and develop some idea regarding time of the commitment. Financing even a recon trip remains a serious challenge. Airline flight tickets alone hover around $2200 round trip. Please join with those of us working to bring this opportunity to volunteers and churches of our region in seeking God's guidance and provision.
We shared our needs, concerns, and encouraging moments. We celebrated the work in Colorado, South Dakota and Montana. We briefly talked about the Ready Church/Campus disaster preparedness efforts that will take place this year Kansas-Nebraska and the Dakotas. I am encouraged to report to you that our Region V group is beginning to operate and express itself as a team.
Jeff Musgrave of the Dakotas represented us well in the chaplains committee dialogues and brought insight and counsel from the Dakotas to our times together.
With much gratitude I commend you all for nominating and recognizing the outstanding efforts of volunteers from our region. We need to do this every year and use our regional gatherings as opportunities to recognize and thank more Region V volunteers.
Dan Stock, the president of the National VOAD joined the Roundtable this year and it was good to share with him. We talked about the strengths of Region V and working together to create positive changes from within. He did get an earful from some of our brethren but I believe that he was encouraged as I shared the successful Black Hills Dakota operation. He asked me to find an opportunity to ask him out to Kansas.
I hope that it is in your future to participate in both our first (May 2014) regional roundtable/rally and the January 2015 Roundtable event planned for the Portland area. Please pray that God continues to grow us together. And remember that I am rotating off the Steering Committee in 2015, therefore we must identify and endorse our next regional coordinator/steering committee representative this year.
I think we are OK on all other active committee assignments.
Please keep me informed of your victories and challenges. Most of us anticipate an extended fire season this year. Nebraska has already experienced range fires in 2014. If you aren't involved in your local and state VOAD organizations and Emergency Management activities, please get involved. If you can't lead in those communities at least participate enough to know and support our ministry partners as they work to represent us all.
God bless you all as you serve and lead.
Now may the God of peace,...equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Update on current inventory of job request:
Total Jobs received
Jobs completed to date by SBDR
Completed by others
Jobs needing bucket truck
Remaining jobs left
Professions of Faith
Other spiritual decisions
Operational narrative of situation:
There are three assessment teams working today today.
There are three teams working job request with 36 volunteers on site.
A team of 11 is expected on Thursday evening from Kansas/Nebraska which will raise our total to 48 volunteers.
The area of Blackhawk is currently being asessed and appears to be hard hit from the storm. Due to deep snow we are just now being able access the area. The jobs in this area seem to be larger and require more time for completion as well as experienced chain saw teams. Simply put they are not just debris removal. This area may be a game changer as well as weather as we progress.
A new updated 211 list was received today and with assessors now in the community we are adding jobs at a rate at least equal to our completion. We will continue to monitor addition of job request through out the week. Our teams are also completing jobs with area neighbors as they are finding our availability.
Chaplains continue to be requested for teams, and a chaplain team could be used to work with assessors as well as independent activity.
The Illinois teams have relocated to the Biker Mission Church and that is working well.
Meals will continue to be served at the Fire Station except for Wednesday evening (tonight) due to a fire meeting. We have arranged for meals to be served at the First Baptist Sturgis Church to enable the fore station to conduct their meeting without
The team from Kansas/Nebraska will be housed at the First Baptist Church. The church does not have showers but we have arranged for showers at the Community Civic Center which is approximately two blocks from the church where they are staying. We think that a better arrangement than activating a shower unit due both to expense and the temperature here last night was 19 degrees. Most likely it will be freezing most every night through winter. Again meals for this team will be served at the Fire Station which will remain as the center for deployment and volunteer support.
I hope this provides the information needed and should you have questions please contact me.
Incident Command Team
Sturgis, South Dakota
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dan Stewart, disaster relief director for Montana Baptists is in need of assistance for at least 30 homes needing flood clean up, mold remediation, and general construction work. The construction work extends from flood muck out and mold remediation to roofing jobs. Some of the jobs are on an Indian reservation and a call is going out for funding for materials and teams. I will talk with Dan again tomorrow morning.
It is obvious that all the jobs will not be completed before winter sets in. Dan has assessed the needs and has prioritized the work.
I realize that this is not much information to go on, however the needs are as real as those in Colorado. I will get more info out after talking with Dan.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Doug Lee called last night to report that Chadron, NE had suffered a significant hit from the blizzard. Compounding the heavy snow were the many trees that had not shed leaves yet. He reports many trees down and a great number of livestock killed. Doug reported that all of our folks in that part of the state had checked in and were OK. He will speak with the Emergency Manager in that area today. Some parts of the Nebraska emergency management community have declared Saturday as a clean up day for Chadron.
Will make a decision about level of our involvement in NW Nebraska after Doug reports in.
Dangerous snow and blizzard conditions continue to threaten Nebraska and Iowa. Please encourage those you lead to pray for the safety of folks affected as well as those yet to be hit. Also, use this information to ask your folks to make preparations to go North. I can't tell you much about length of deployment, location for logistics support or what to plan for other than cold weather operations.
Art Push reported that Emergency Management consensus regarding the Newton, NE tornado was that little to no outside help was needed. Not so sure about Iowa tornado response efforts.
Thanks for your faithfulness and leadership. LT
You will find the UEMA linked below.
Attached is the SBDR Sitrep for Monday, September 16, 2013.
· Colorado as DR staff are assessing the situation across the state
· Fire response in California
· Shootings in DC
For more Colorado information click on this link Colorado Emergency Management.
CO is not asking for out of state flood teams at this time. This is due primarily to continued flooding and instability of the situation, plus it is not clear how many homes are flooded and where they are.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Colorado disaster relief has requested that Oklahoma disaster relief deploy a kitchen in support of a Salvation Army request to feed victims. Eddie Blackmon is deploying to the area soon. Colorado has not requested help from the region. I communicated to Eddie that regional resources would be made available upon request.
Platte River flooding in Nebraska. A very real potential for flooding along the Platte River in Nebraska exists as early as next Tuesday. If the Platte floods in Nebraska, it is a good bet that flooding will take place in Wyoming earlier.
Please pray for the victims we know about as well as the volunteers deploying to bring help, healing, and hope.
Also, a big "thank you" to those of you who have been praying for Randy Caddell as he has been through four major surgery procedures in the last four weeks. The surgery yesterday to remove infected tissue near the artery in his right groin area was successful. Praise God! He remained hospitalized last night and anticipates going back to Garden City today. He has been outfitted with a portable wound vacuum pump to draw blood off the surgery site and promote healing from inside out. This could take up to two months.
He and Vicki are in good spirits. Please continue to pray for Randy's recovery and don't forget to pray for Vicki as she ministers and nurses him back to health. This has been a very trying time over the last month on her and the family.
Thanks for remembering each other in prayer and being our family.