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#1 mashmaster

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 06:57 PM

We are thinking of y'all.  Let us know the best way for us to help.


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#2 Col. Flagg

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 10:24 PM

Councils in the north are sending stuff down to them as needed. Units are going to make an effort to camp down there so our money can help the local economy. Camps are offering all sorts of help. Local camps are keeping the tents from summer camp up to take over flow. The mega expensive new conference facilities in my council are opening to take folks too.

Spent two days doing CERT down there. Going back Wednesday.
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Posted 29 August 2017 - 06:27 AM

From Circle 10 Council:

Scouts are prepared and ready to help. We know that our units want to do what they can to help the families affected by Hurricane Harvey. Circle Ten Council is in communication with the Scout councils who are in the areas affected by the hurricane. At this point, it is too soon for them to be able to tell us exactly what they need in way of support. We will continue to update our Scouting community as we find out specific needs.

We have set up a website to collect Hurricane Relief Funds to help the victims. This fund will be distributed with the assistance of the councils who have been affected to provide support for their Scout families. The Circle Ten Council Executive Board has also pledged to match those funds collected, up to $10,000.

We also encourage our Scouts to do what they feel is appropriate in locally assisting those who have taken refuge in our community. We encourage you to reach out to the Salvation Army, Red Cross, SPCA of Dallas, or your chartered partner to find out what is needed locally.

The Circle Ten Council has offered our camps as relief shelters. We may need assistance in preparing the camps or during their stay. We will be posting these needs as they become know on our website and social media channels.

Thank you for your Scouting spirit.

Link to BSA Emergency Assistance Fund donation page


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Posted 29 August 2017 - 07:29 AM

@Col. Flag ... Not sure if this would be useful ... sometimes there could be too much "help". Our first Pack meeting this year we were going to have our scouts bring in some of their used toys to donate to Goodwill. I was thinking we could also ask families to bring in slightly used camping equipment (tents, stoves, lanterns, etc.) that could be donated to Troops in Texas who may have lost equipment. We have done this locally in the past for new or disadvantaged Troops. Let me know if this would help or just be ad added hassle.

Good luck and keep safe!
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Posted 29 August 2017 - 07:30 AM

Never mind... just saw KenD500's post...money travels easier. Thanks.
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Posted 29 August 2017 - 12:01 PM

We are close-ish and our council has so far focused on food drives.  I kept thinking about all the troop trailers floating away :-(


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Posted 29 August 2017 - 07:47 PM

Sam Houston Area Council is mid-way through building a new camp, just east of Huntsville and NE of Conroe...I wonder if this is going to set them back.


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Posted 29 August 2017 - 09:24 PM

I'm back down here. We've got CERT teams trained in swift water rescue going out tomorrow. Money and water are needed but there are many organizations and agencies helping. Response has been swift. It would have helped had more people evac'd but they didn't. The BIG problem is all the rain to the NW is all flowing BACK down the estuaries to the sea. The worst was pulling folks out of a nursing home filled with 2ft of water...everywhere!!!

It's going to be a long four days.

You can help with donations to organizations that promise to give the money direct to aid relief.
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Posted 29 August 2017 - 10:18 PM

I'm back down here. We've got CERT teams trained in swift water rescue going out tomorrow. Money and water are needed but there are many organizations and agencies helping. Response has been swift. It would have helped had more people evac'd but they didn't. The BIG problem is all the rain to the NW is all flowing BACK down the estuaries to the sea. The worst was pulling folks out of a nursing home filled with 2ft of water...everywhere!!!

It's going to be a long four days.

You can help with donations to organizations that promise to give the money direct to aid relief.

Thanks for being down there helping!   I will donate to those, thanks.


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Posted 30 August 2017 - 08:59 PM

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@Col. Flag ... Not sure if this would be useful ... sometimes there could be too much "help". Our first Pack meeting this year we were going to have our scouts bring in some of their used toys to donate to Goodwill. I was thinking we could also ask families to bring in slightly used camping equipment (tents, stoves, lanterns, etc.) that could be donated to Troops in Texas who may have lost equipment. We have done this locally in the past for new or disadvantaged Troops. Let me know if this would help or just be ad added hassle.
Good luck and keep safe!


I'm not an expert on aid distribution to be honest. My schtick is S&R. They point me in the area they need help and I go in. The aid coordinators are like Philmont logistics types on MASSIVE steroids. There's a lady down here now that makes Atilla the Hun lol like a school boy. She is up at 4am and works until midnight. Nothing comes in without her checking the quality and nothing goes out without it being recorded. Anyone who needs a bed gets one. She's amazing so everyone forgives her lack of grace. She yells, you jump. Reminds me of an old Gunny.

Long days, short sleeping breaks. Best I can tell you is work through your local coordination agencies (FEMA) and other organizations. Big needs now are water, food, clothing and household goods. Can't take anything until the water recedes.

I can tell you that despite what the media might say the people are NOT looking at the Feds for help. Most relief is from state, county and local units. Most Swift rescue teams here are from TX and LA. There's some federal relief but mostly local folks helping each other. Folks from out of state too. Amazing coordination being done. No one blaming anyone like you hear in some outlets.

They funniest was a local gang protecting a business from being looted. Go figure.
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#11 Chisos

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 06:03 AM

Thank you for being "boots on the ground" @Col. Flagg .  God Bless Texas!


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Posted 31 August 2017 - 06:09 AM

They funniest was a local gang protecting a business from being looted. Go figure.

 

 

 

Glad the gangs are are helping. I heard a story about the Cajun Navy volunteer getting shot at by looters, and I had it confirmed from an elementary school friend involved that there is a section of Houston they and the Texas Navy will no longer go to because the looters shot at them in an attempt to steal the boats. They are letting the sheriffs' deputies and USCG deal with the rescues in that area. 

 

Praying for you guys.


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Posted 31 August 2017 - 09:02 AM

Our district which is fairly close is sending crews of scouts and scouters to Smithville to help with the cleanup there this weekend.  As well as coordinating aide efforts.


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Posted 31 August 2017 - 09:14 AM

@Col. Flagg,

 

Can you tell us where to send those items that you mentioned? Our troop wants to help sending some items (no teddy bears, I assure you ;) ) . A friend was supposed to get me in contact with a troop from Spring that is helping at a church but I haven't heard anything on that front yet. 


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#15 Col. Flagg

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 07:07 PM

@Col. Flagg,
 
Can you tell us where to send those items that you mentioned? Our troop wants to help sending some items (no teddy bears, I assure you ;) ) . A friend was supposed to get me in contact with a troop from Spring that is helping at a church but I haven't heard anything on that front yet.


Sorry guys. Long days and not a lot of time to read or post.

I'd reach out to the Sam Houston Council. They can tell you what Scout would need, local units, etc. They likely have a hands on local
charities that are coordinating assistance to a wider audience.
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Posted 31 August 2017 - 10:03 PM

Found this.

https://blog.scoutin...campaign=buffer

Heading out for a night shift. Enjoy!
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Posted 01 September 2017 - 08:59 AM

Thank you Mein Colonel!


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Posted 01 September 2017 - 08:22 PM

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Don't know if you can have a good day among so much destruction, but I had a personal bright spot. Helped a family today. Young boy was eyeing my Philmont hat. Couldn't help it. Just took it off and gave it to him. He smiled the whole way back to the shelter. His mom said it was the first he's smiled in a week.

Makes me wish I could do more.

Again I'll say the people are amazing. Sure you see some national guard, some FEMA and Coast Guard and Army choppers, but what you see misty are just every day people, from all walks of life, working together to help. They should round up all Antifa and Alt-right fungi and force them to witness all this. They'd see that when people are out of hope that a hand, ANY hand, is welcome.

Stay thirsty my friends. Night patrol again tonight, then a day off tomorrow.
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Posted 03 September 2017 - 10:41 PM

I am at ground zero for the Harvey Relief effort for the Red Cross Houston headquarters. Been here all week. Most organizations have a lot of the major issues covered for the moment. People have been rescued and taken to safe shelters. Food is being served.

With that being said when the flood waters recede the biggest job is going to be cleaning up the mess. This is where the boys have an opportunity to do something really worthwhile. It isn't going to be fun but it will really going to help. Mucking out houses isn't fun, but furniture needs to be hauled out, carpets and flooring needs to be tore out and hauled to the curb. You can start in any neighborhood at dawn and work to sundown. Churches can house the boys and provide food. Red Cross has cleaning supplies. Help other people at all times. This kind of stuff needs real scouts. If you have boys that want to really help let me know. PM me. Don't waste my time uless tbis is going to be for real. I am ready working from 7:00 am until midnight. I don't have time for fun and games right now.
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Posted 03 September 2017 - 10:54 PM

Don't know if you can have a good day among so much destruction, but I had a personal bright spot. Helped a family today. Young boy was eyeing my Philmont hat. Couldn't help it. Just took it off and gave it to him. He smiled the whole way back to the shelter. His mom said it was the first he's smiled in a week.
Makes me wish I could do more.
Again I'll say the people are amazing. Sure you see some national guard, some FEMA and Coast Guard and Army choppers, but what you see misty are just every day people, from all walks of life, working together to help. They should round up all Antifa and Alt-right fungi and force them to witness all this. They'd see that when people are out of hope that a hand, ANY hand, is welcome.
Stay thirsty my friends. Night patrol again tonight, then a day off tomorrow.

Day off? What's with that? I haven't had time for myself since last Thursday. This is the first time in over a week I have been on the forum since I left. It's midnight, my Red Cross Emergency Relief Vehicle is loaded with food and water and I will be in the driver's seat at 7:00 tomorrow morning. It's a 150 mile round trip to deliver and back to headquarters for 3 more trips. No time for a day off. Thanks for being here. I always suspected you for a real scout. Now I know.

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