A Family’s Desperation

Field Story from the Central Texas Floods November 4 2013  ADRN immediately responded today to a family’s urgent need for care and support. A mother and a father with four children approached ADRN’s emotional care teams to share their story. The family had mentioned that they had been living in their flooded, wet trailer since the floods happened last week. Cold, moldy and unbearable, the family found out there was help and came forward to seek assistance. The four young children were without baths and without warm or dry clothes. The families only way of transportation was a truck that was now filled with mud. They have very little food to no food over the last few days. The children were worn out, as they were now sick from the cold and wet conditions. ADRN immediately wrapped the baby and young child in warm blankets and took the family to get clothing and additional items. So many are struggling like this family, unaware that there is help. More families have mentioned that they suffer diabetes and have not been able to receive their medications. Other elderly individuals are suffering from multiple medical ailments and have not received help. The need is…

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A Family's Desperation

Field Story from the Central Texas Floods November 4 2013  ADRN immediately responded today to a family’s urgent need for care and support. A mother and a father with four children approached ADRN’s emotional care teams to share their story. The family had mentioned that they had been living in their flooded, wet trailer since the floods happened last week. Cold, moldy and unbearable, the family found out there was help and came forward to seek assistance. The four young children were without baths and without warm or dry clothes. The families only way of transportation was a truck that was now filled with mud. They have very little food to no food over the last few days. The children were worn out, as they were now sick from the cold and wet conditions. ADRN immediately wrapped the baby and young child in warm blankets and took the family to get clothing and additional items. So many are struggling like this family, unaware that there is help. More families have mentioned that they suffer diabetes and have not been able to receive their medications. Other elderly individuals are suffering from multiple medical ailments and have not received help. The need is…

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Volunteer Perspective

Moore, Oklahoma Twister Story On May 20th, shortly after an EF5 tornado demolished the town of Moore, Oklahoma, MSNBC’s Martin Bashir called it “perhaps the worst tornado in the history of the planet” Slight exaggeration. Even still (it was Oklahoma’s 9th most-deadly in recorded history and besides, the 1925 Tri-State twister killed nearly 700 people), this one was significant in that it remained on the ground a full 40 minutes, unheard of as far as tornadoes go. That conjures up the image of a mixer being used on an anthill. It’s estimated there were 14,000 homes damaged and destroyed, displacing over 33,000 people. Yet, only 24 lives were lost. By the following Thursday, Volunteers from the Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) were being deployed. I’m a Chaplain with ADRN but had to wait until Saturday to arrive due to a wedding I was officiating here in town. I headed to Moore directly after the I-do’s, arriving about 11 PM. After having recently been deployed to the West, Texas explosion, we were assigned to a beautiful high school in Oklahoma City, just outside of Moore – Westmoore High – in order to assist the people Survivors. The compounding of the names of…

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