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Updated 02-10-16

Barnabas Connection Flood Response Report May – October 2015 – http://barnabasconnects.org/wimberley-flood-response-may-october-2015/

OCTOBER 30 FLOOD INFORMATION:

Please note: Hays County has received the Federal declaration for the October storms. October Survivors should register with FEMA atwww.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362 for financial assistance. Deadline to register with FEMA is January 25. If you do not agree with any FEMA decision, complete the appeals process – can be a simple mistake! Please keep receipts for anything purchased to replace or repair for the FEMA process. All affected homeowners and renters should apply to FEMA. All October 30 flood and storm survivors should be keeping pictures of their damages and loss. Making lists of the items, etc.

All volunteer hours need to be reported to the Blanco River Regional Recovery Team for the same reason. Register as a volunteer and get the time sheet from the VRC – br3tvolunteers@gmail.com.

Case Management services for rebuilding and recovery: Flood/Storm survivors from the most recent flood over the Halloween/All Saints weekend living in the boundaries of Wimberley ISD can also receive case management services through the Barnabas Connection and should contact 512-842-7148 or barnabasfloodhelp@gmail.com for an intake interview.

Barnabas Connection Flood info: Please check the information on this page for answers to your questions, but if further clarification on a flood matter or help with financial donation opportunities, etc. is needed please email barnabasflood@gmail.com – thank you!

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Short Video of the Wimberley Valley Memorial Day Flood Recovery made by Wimberley HS Student – Tess Hasbrouck – https://youtu.be/R-BGBXhAu2g

Calendar of Events for Flood Recovery – click the link!

WIMBERLEY flood survivors (all renters and homeowners living in the boundaries of Wimberley ISD and had primary residences affected by the flood): Intake Interviews are being scheduled by the Barnabas Connection to begin case management for Wimberley Families. To make an appointment with the Barnabas Connection for long-term recovery casework please call 512-842-7148 or e-mail barnabasfloodhelp@gmail.com and Gina will be in touch to schedule an intake appointment.  The Barnabas Connection Flood Recovery office is located at 14100 RR 12, Suite 600.  Intake interviews are by appointment only.

How is the Barnabas Connection involved in the Wimberley Flood Recovery? The Barnabas Connection is the Wimberley organization that has been connecting locals in need with the resources to help them for the last 10 years. Since 2008, Barnabas has also been responsible for administering and distributing the funds for the Wimberley Ministerial Alliance – the network established by a coalition of Wimberley area churches to support those who need financial assistance with rent, utilities, food and medical care. Barnabas is experienced in coordinating various local nonprofits and businesses for cooperative projects like Back to School Fiesta and Senior Expo.

Immediately after the Memorial weekend Wimberley flood at the request of local officials, we expanded our operations to help meet the short and long term financial and emotional needs of local residents impacted by the disaster. We are working with other local organizations as well as city and state officials to coordinate disbursement of funds through a long-term recovery process.  The Blanco River Regional Recovery Team is an entity that is being created with representation from the four affected counties to direct the long-term recovery. The BR3 Team will coordinate volunteers, donations, emotional support, case management, and support for unmet needs for flood survivors in Blanco, Caldwell, Guadalupe and Hays County.  The Barnabas Connection will be providing support with case management and unmet needs  in the Wimberley Valley.

The Barnabas Connection has received approximately $1,300,000 in financial donations of cash and gift cards through August. The State Disaster Relief Coordinator, Anna Tangredi, advised the Barnabas Connection to reserve the bulk of these donated funds for long-term recovery and rebuilding. Vicki McCuistion noted, “As amazed and humbled as we are with the generosity of these donations and support from around the world, we have yet to determine the full scope of the need in Wimberley Valley but expect that the need will be in the multi-million-dollar range to provide rebuilding assistance. The funds collected by the Barnabas Connection are being distributed through the case management process to help avoid duplication of efforts and fully identify unmet needs, and are designated for families in the Wimberley Valley.”

The Barnabas Connection has assisted over 300 local families, representing almost 700 people. In addition, Barnabas volunteers have worked hundreds if not thousands of hours assisting survivors at Bridges Gym and the Barnabas table at the FEMA DRC. Volunteers have provided vetted information at Brookshire Brothers, through the Wimberley Flood Information 2015 Facebook page, and through the daily information sheets from the City of Wimberley, distributed to multiple locations in the first several weeks. Volunteers continue to work on survivor services and information distribution.

(2/1/2016) Your donation to flood relief efforts in Wimberley is greatly appreciated. Financial donations for flood recovery should at this point be directed to the long term recovery group – The Blanco River Regional Recovery Team (BR3T), a 501c3 organization tasked with with rebuilding in Blanco, Hays, Guadalupe, and Caldwell Counties. http://www.br3t.org/donate.html

Official Information from city, county and state 

City of Wimberley http://www.cityofwimberley.com/ (daily update on home page)

Hays County Emergency Response http://haysinformed.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wimberleyflood2015  – If on Facebook search for “Wimberley Flood Information 2015”

Important Phone Numbers

Hays County One Stop Shop for All Information Phone Number 512-754-2275

Hays County Emergency Management 512-753-2180  http://haysinformed.com/

Wimberley Volunteer Resource Center (VRC) 512-715-4134, wimberleyresponse@gmail.com, br3tvolunteers@gmail.com

Survivor and Volunteer Emotional Support – 830-285-7966 – Texans Recovering Together. Nancy Divis   It is important to talk about what you are feeling. All services are free.

Corporate/Foundation Donations – please email Barnabas Connection Executive Director, Vicki McCuistion at barnabasflood@gmail.com. Please include a phone number so you can be contacted. Thank you!

Survivor Services 

Hays, Blanco, Caldwell, and Guadalupe Counties:

Rebuilding and Recovery: Blanco River Regional Recovery Team (BR3T) office at 801 Martin Luther King, San Marcos during normal business hours.  Flood survivors should register for ongoing recovery assistance through this office.  Cleaning and household supplies are also available at this office.  Case management is being handled in each community by partner agencies (Wimberley: The Barnabas Connection, San Marcos: Community Action, Martindale area: UMCOR, Blanco: Lutheran Social Services, Buda/Kyle: BR3T ).  http://www.blancoriverregionalrecovery.com/

Used Furniture: The Rays of Hope furniture donation warehouse is at 110 W. Martin Luther King Dr, San Marcos TX.  raysofhopoesm@yahoo.com  https://www.facebook.com/raysofhopesmwarehouse

Memorial Day Flood Survivors  – FEMA and SBA registration deadline has passed.  However, if homeowners or renters do not agree with any results from the registration process, please appeal the decision as soon as possible.  This is also true if additional damage has been discovered since the original FEMA award and the max grant was not received.  Please call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or http://www.disasterassistance.gov/.

Resource Information

Notes from Wimberley Community Meeting for Flood Survivors 6/24/2015

Wimberley Flood Support Resources 6/10/15

Responding Appropriately During a Flood

EMS – Safety notice 6/3/2015

Flood Food Rules and Regulations for Food Vendors 6/5/2015

FEMA FAQ 6/10/15

Volunteer Resource Center (VRC) 512-715-4134

  • located at 200 Stillwater  (south on RR 12 across Blanco bridge and on your right)
  • All volunteers are requested to register at this location so hours can be tracked.
  • A Homeowner Assistance Request Intake Form is required for work crew support.
  • BR3T Volunteer Intake and Waiver – download and complete form.  Must be turned into the VRC.
  • Oct2015VolunteerTimeSignInSheet – complete and must turn into VRC to count.  A complete record of hours is important for the FEMA funding.