North Texas Disaster Recovery Case Managers at Work in Rowlett Office
Macy Crone, Recovery Office Case Manager
Since February 2016, North Texas Conference staff have been working in a new office out of First UMC in Rowlett. The first case manager hired was Macy Crone, a member of Tyler Street UMC. After attending two days of intensive training by UMCOR in Corpus Christi, Macy helped us to open the new office and started seeing clients right away.
Demand has been so great that in recent weeks we have had to tell new clients that they would have to wait because we didn't have the capacity to open any more cases.
Susan Dollar, Recovery Office Case Manager
As of June 13, 2016, a new case manager was hired to assist in this office, Susan Dollar, RN, BSN, CLNC. Susan is a member of Christ UMC in Plano and will be working alongside Macy. Susan was told "your job is to work yourself out of a job" assisting clients financially to overcome the disasters that have hurt many in Rowlett, Garland and Wylie.
If you know of any homeowners who are having great difficulty repairing their homes, please refer them to our Recovery Office.
Jason Lane, the Emergency Manager for Collin County, reports that everything is under control for the Copeville/Verona area of Collin County regarding clean-up. Teams have already been assigned.
Those families seeking general emergency assistance can contact the Red Cross Disaster number at 866-505-4801. This number will connect Red Cross with local residences in need. The main Red Cross station for the area is still working out of First Baptist in Farmersville for those needing assistance.
Donation efforts in Copeville, Texas, have been outstanding. The City Council and the Nevada Fire Department have been spearheading clean-up efforts in the community. The Red Cross in Farmersville, Texas, is the point of contact for Copeville relief efforts.
Master Emergency Operations Plan
Download this Local Church Disaster Response Plan Word Template for local churches to use who need to put together a plan in case a disaster occurs on their own church property. Preplanning is essential for successfully minimizing any adverse affects of an emergency or disaster on a religious organization and its operations. This recovery plan has been designed to identify the key elements that should be followed to help reduce the impact of an emergency or disaster.
This guide will help you as you prepare to go into a disaster zone to serve in either clean-up or rebuilding.
Red Cross Sheltering Document
Click here to download Red Cross Sheltering Document
This is a 3-page overview of how a local church or other faith-based organization becomes a shelter, from when the organization shows interest, to opening and running a shelter, to closing and reimbursement. Written by local Red Cross Emergency Planning Analyst Eric Schultz, who says "We tried to keep it fairly short and high-level, to answer the frequently-asked questions concerning our shelter agreements and procedures."
Here is an engaging video to encourage others to assemble UMCOR cleaning buckets and to educate them on what goes into one. Specifics can be found on the UMCOR Flood Buckets web page.