CWS emergency appeal: 2011 Texas wildfires update

Several communities in East Central Texas have been severely impacted by the September and October wildfires. In Bastrop County alone fires destroyed 1,700 homes of which approximately half were not insured. Additionally four churches were destroyed.

Appeal Number 627-S Update
Appeal Goal: $30,000 (increased from $15,000)
Received to date: about $8,000

Situation:

Several communities in East Central Texas have been severely impacted by the September and October wildfires. In Bastrop County alone fires destroyed 1,700 homes of which approximately half were not insured. Additionally four churches were destroyed. In the Spicewood area approximately 5,600 acres were burned and 52 homes were destroyed. Most families affected were lower middle class. Other communities have been affected as well. The homes affected are a mix of mobile homes and single family houses. At this time we know that at least four Long Term Recovery Committees have formed and are in the early stages of developing their organizations.

CWS response:

CWS Emergency Response Specialists and other CWS personnel are in close contact with the newly formed Long Term Recovery Committees, providing advice and connecting them with individuals and organizations who are assisting them. CWS is working closely with Federal and State Volunteer Agencies Liaisons and with the Long Term Recovery Organizations to arrange Long Term Recovery Training, Construction Management Training, Volunteer Management training and other information as needed. Training is also being provided by webinar.

Budget:

Updated goal is $30,000. This includes $20,000 for Long Term Recovery Group Start-up Grants and $10,000 for Long Term Recovery Group training.

HOW TO HELP: Contributions to support CWS emergency response efforts may be made online, sent to your denomination, or to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515.

ACT Alliance  Church World Service is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy.

Media Contact:
Lesley Crosson, 212-870-2676, lcrosson@churchworldservice.org
Jan Dragin, 781-925-1526, jdragin@gis.net


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