This storm is only the second state-wide disaster declaration in Texas history. Every county was affected, as a result, response and recovery will have to be coordinated and carried out on the local level. Congregations are recommended to organize with their county recovery organizations to coordinate their early response and long-term recovery.
Assist members and neighbors of your surrounding community with most pressing needs by offering any of the following services: (As you engage with anyone in need, please follow COVID 19 protocol.)
- Compassionate Care: Canvass and assess needs (Click here for template for resources).
Help homeowners sign up on Crisis Cleanup 844-965-1386 when needing assistance. Your local Disaster Recovery organization can pull their names and addresses when you are ready to deploy for cleanup and repairs.
- Report any and all scams.
- Ascertain home ownership. If renter, assist with clean-up of furnishings only.
- Homeowner’s written permission. (Click here for homeowner consent form)
- Shut off water and drain the pipes. (see steps below)
- Document damage with pictures and in writing.
- Help contact insurance company (Limit assistance to cleanup only until insurance company has given the go ahead).
- Clean up and dry out
Rule # 1: DO NO HARM
Burst pipe clean-up and repair is less aggressive than mucking and gutting after a flood. Rainwater is not contaminated, so some materials may be salvaged when dried. So long as temperatures remain below 75 degrees mold will not be an immediate concern. However, when the mid 70’s become imminent, remediation measures must become more aggressive.
Please follow these guidelines:
1. Locate the source of the leak. If not visibly present, turn off all noise in the home and listen for the sound of dripping or hissing.
2. Document Damage to save for insurance and/or other assistance resources.
3. Turn off water supply lines either to the specific lead or the main water line.
4. Place a tarp below the area around the leak to minimize dust and debris.
5. Cut sheetrock 2 feet past the dry line and remove along with the insulation. Avoid additional hardship by temporarily closing off gaps temporarily so homeowners can heat their houses at night.
6. Use a dehumidifier and/or fans to dry the area.
7. If mold is present, follow SBP’s mold remediation guide, using an EPA-registered fungicide. Do not use bleach on wood or porous surfaces.
Help us recruit skilled volunteers, who either have experience in pipe repair, or can go through our training and can be deployed locally or are willing to go to other communities with unmet needs.
Please coordinate all repair work through your Recovery Organization. Look for our volunteer Burst Pipe Repair training coming soon.
Recruit Plumbers (retired, disabled, etc) who are willing to provide Site Supervision or On-Line Technical Support.
Contact Christine Riggle to submit unskilled, skilled and professional volunteers. Criggle@txcumc.org
Tips for Turning Water Back On
- Open faucets to allow air to escape and turn them back off
- Remove and rinse any debris from screen aerators
- Turn the water on again….slowly….until you have a nice, steady flow
- Turn off the water and put aerators back on
Questions or further information, please contact Criggle@txcumc.org
Winter Storm 2021
Millions of people have been without electricity, water and power in the state of Texas and now the effects of the storm are busted pipes in homes and churches. The Texas Annual Conference is already helping, but we need your prayers, time and generous donations.
How to Serve
Serving on a team means we get to help our community through relief efforts. Many people have broken pipes and water damage to their sheetrock.
If you need help with repairs, please contact us here.
Our friends all over Texas are going to need our help for a long time as they recover. Please give generously by donating to The Texas Annual Conference giving portal or UMCOR for those affected by the Winter Storm 2021. All funds not used for Winter Storm 2021 will be used for future disaster relief.