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My house got hit and worked on it all yesterday. Email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Got two chainsaws to my name.
This is a great idea but just a suggestion. Depending on where you are going there are a surplus of volunteers and they're having trouble placing people. So many people helped with my house and the others around my house yesterday that literally were walking around and helped. If you are good at lawn work (chainsaw work especially) email me if you can help. Not just that but if you can handle a days work of picking up brush and logs and moving them email me. I'm going down tomorrow with a chainsaws and a couple people. If we all could ban together on this site and go door to door we could easily knock put neighborhoods if most of everyone got okln board.
Not meant to hijack thread but add me to the list and I've been down there everyday and can tell you ways to get around roadblocks, areas in need, people in need, etc.
Guys keep in mind safety is important. You are on a mission to serve your brothers and sisters in need, but getting injured will not help anyone.
1. Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE); i.e closed toe shoes/boots, gloves, long pants, safety glasses, ear plugs if running a saw or near one.
2. Work in pairs, don't venture off alone.
3. Do not step on debris, especially boards of any kind and shingles, as stepping on a nail is a high risk for injury.
4. Lift with your legs, never your back.
5. Watch what you grab to pick-up or move, especially if it's housing debris; nails, sharp edges, and splinters are common.
Depending on the number you have you may need to split up to be most effective. I've found for every chainsaw operator you may need two to three pullers (carrying the limbs and trunks to the road) If you can't do physical work, churches and help centers need people sorting clothing and food. Saturday I took a 58-person crew to Hackleburg and the sorrounding areas. Keep in mind, most of the volunteers will report to Tuscaloosa, which needs a lot of help. But l;ike we learned Saturday there are little communities of the map that need help very badly. We discovered a Church in the Mt. Olive area that lacked any sort of relief supplies. IAnd no one had been in their area for assistance. We spent the entire day there doing clean-up, tree trimming, and delivering supplies.
Point: Any of you can help! Get some degree of organization, partner with some a larger group (church, work, or other group) and lastley, mobilize- AT some point you can't wait on the people in charge to pass out assignments becasue they are overwhelmed.
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