There are now 34 homes destroyed, 4300 acres burned, and it is 25% contained. The Austin Disaster Relief Network sponsors families affected by disaster and provides immediate financial assistance, emotional and spiritual care, connects families with vital resources and provides long term care until families are back on their feet. ADRN is currently raising funds for the Bastrop County survivors.
The Call Center Survivor Hotline is now on. Please have survivors, donors, volunteers call 512.806.0800.
The organization is currently working with Bastrop County officials, preparing to deploy. The first teams to deploy will be the Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT). Over 1,000 trained, badged Christian volunteers are ready to provide emotional and spiritual support to those affected by disaster. This team will also hand out gift cards to survivors, debrief them (pull them out of trauma) and ask if they would like to be sponsored by one of the churches on the network.
In addition, ADRN’s Hope Family Thrift Store is gearing up for the crisis response. ADRN will be handing out “wristbands” to all survivors to give them entrance to future warehouses and our Thrift Store (1122 East 51st Street, Austin).
ADRN will also send volunteers to work with Red Cross at their shelters in Bastrop County. As soon as the Fires are put out and the CISM teams are deployed, the next phase will be clean-up. Hundreds/potentially thousands will be needed to help with this.
How Can You Help?
- Make a donation on the ADRN website by clicking on the Bastrop County Fire response.
- Volunteer at their Thrift Store (disaster survivors get minimally 5 sets of clothes per family member, shoes, bedding, etc.) You can sign up to volunteer at: http://hopefamilythrift.org/volunteer/
- Pray for ADRN volunteers, leadership, Bastrop County city officials organizing the response (Mike Fisher, Lisa Jackson and many more) and all of the first responders!