Author: Omar C. Garcia

Omar joined the Kingsland Baptist Church staff in July of 2005. He grew up in McAllen, Texas and is a graduate of Pan American University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Omar served churches in the ministry of Christian education for 27 years, has written magazine articles and adult Bible study lessons for LifeWay Christian Resources for the past 16 years, and maintains BibleTeachingNotes.com, a popular website for teachers and Bible students. He has led several Sunday Schools to embrace the Great Commandment and the Great Commission and to minister beyond the boundaries of the church campus. Omar has led others in a variety of local and international ministry initiatives. He is deeply grateful to God for the opportunity to devote the coming years of his life to serving God in the areas of missions and evangelism at Kingsland Baptist Church.

Parkway Fellowship Donations Update

Parkway Fellowship is a distribution point for clean-up supplies. Starting Tuesday, September 5th, we will be distributing clean-up supplies from 9:00AM to 1:00 PM, and receiving donations of cleaning supplies from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

NOTE: Parkway Fellowship is accepting the following donations:

• Fans (All Types)
• Buckets
• Shovels
• Heavy duty trash bags
• Plastic bins
• Tarps
• Packing/Shipping Tape
• Box cutters / Sheetrock knives
• Wheelbarrows
• Laundry detergent
• Cleaning rags
• Gift Cards (groceries, gas, Lowes / Home Depot)
• Clorox wipes
• Ziplock bags (quart / gallon)
• Sharpies

If you have any questions, please call Gary Chevalier at 832.222.9282.

Free Childcare At Cornerstone

Cornerstone Church [1351 S Mason Rd @ Park York] would like to provide free childcare for those in our community in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. We will also serve lunch to the children and volunteers.

Cornerstone is extending free childcare through Thursday, September 7, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM for…

•those volunteering out in the community
•doing demolition work in their own homes
•for those who need to return to work and do not have a place for their children since they will be out of school this week.

To do all this we need Volunteers!

Please prayerfully consider serving during one or more of the time slots offered. Or bring some kid friendly food for us to feed the kids and volunteers.

Thank You, John Culberson

We are grateful for U.S. Congressman John Culberson of the 7th District of Texas for his visit to the Katy area this afternoon. Ryan Rush, Kingsland Baptist Church senior pastor, and Omar Garcia, Kingsland’s missions pastor, had the privilege of escorting Congressman Culberson and showing him what the Katy area churches have done to love our community. He was visibly moved by the many ways in which our churches and local ministry partners have rallied to move in the direction of those in need. In the course of our visit we received a request for wheelchairs. Mary Schneider, his District Director, made one phone call and this need was met. Thanks John and Mary, for your concern, assistance, and service.

Cane Island Initiative

Cane Island is working with residents in clean up efforts. We are also a collecting donations at our Welcome Center for cleaning supplies and school supplies for teachers. We also have bottled water on hand for those who need it.

Teacher supplies: books, educational games and puzzles, command strips, Amazon and Teacher Supply Store gift cards.

Drop off at the Welcome Center from Noon to 6:00 PM Sunday, September 3.

Cane Island Amenity Village
2100 Cane Island Parkway
Katy, Texas 77493

Katy Cares Has Needs

Katy Cares is the first campus in Katy to provide housing to single mother families experiencing homelessness. We recently finished renovations on the main house,The Rachel Ballard House, with the help of many volunteers in the community. Our property flooded and we will be unable to return for at least a few more days.

Volunteer Need

Will need cleanup and construction of the flooded barn, destroyed furniture, and pump house. We were slated to open our campus to residents the first week of October after our Gala on September 30th.
 
Financial Need
As with many non profits, our greatest need is financial. We are so grateful for any and all financial donations as it will allow us to open our campus to families in need of housing as well as place displaced families in hotels and apartments. With this Hurricane, more than ever, there are single mother families who are and will begin to experience a long term housing crisis. We look forward to opening our doors and supporting this great community. Thank you for your support.

Food and Clothing Offered

The Food Pantry at The Waters Church is open Wednesdays from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. We have prepacked grocery and hygiene bags, but also encourage that guests “shop” for any specifics they may need. Water, Coconut Water, Goya Beans are in abundance.

The Waters is also accepting the following donations:

• canned meat
• hygiene products
• pasta
• razors
• hand sanitizers
• deodorant
• laundry detergent
• baby wipes
• snack foods
• sugar
• flour
• paper towels
• plastic grocery bags

The Waters Church

KCM Needs Update


Saturday Morning, September 2

We DO NEED, water, non-perishable foods especially canned meats, canned fruits, canned veggies, canned (not glass) tomato products, dry beans (1-5# bags), powered laundry detergent (sized for small family) cleaning supplies : buckets, mops, brooms, cleaning gloves, paper towels, toilet paper, lysol, bleach, work gloves, WHEELCHAIRS (URGENT NEED), 4-foot folding tables (6-8).

We DO NOT NEED at this time: diapers, baby wipes, baby food, clothing, bedding/linens, shoes

Thank you all for your generous giving! We will continue to call for items as we are quickly distributing them to those in need! Stay tuned to our Facebook and www.ktcm.org/harveyrecovery for the most up to date list.

We still need volunteers so if you are willing to help a few hours, come on out to 5504 First Street, Katy today from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and next week beginning TUESDAY at 9:00 AM.

KCM is distributing food, clothing, and supplies through 5:00 PM today and stay tuned for distribution times for next week! KCM will be closed Sunday and Monday and will reopen Tuesday. First UMC of Katy will be open for distribution on SUNDAY.

IMPORTANT NEED: While we will continue to need funding designated to support long term needs for victims of Harvey, KCM is also in need of unrestricted funding for operational needs as we have also been deeply affected by flooding in our programs and administrative offices and are working to recover equipment and materials necessary to fully reopen. We also have lost income from our Resale store sales as lots of store inventory was damaged and the store has had to be temporarily closed for clean out. Please consider giving financially, unrestricted to be used wherever it is most needed. God bless!

FEMA Information

If you flooded you may be entitled to FEMA Disaster Assistance.  It starts with getting a FEMA number.  This number will be your number throughout the application process.

To register call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)

Or go online to www.disasterassistance.gov

You will be asked for:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Insurance Information
  • A Contact Number
  • Direct Deposit Information for Electronic Funds

Be sure to have a pen in hand to record important information, such as the FEMA number you will be provided.

Need Food and Water?

We have received word that a semi-tractor trailer is headed from Shelbyville, Indiana and will arrive in Katy on Monday afternoon. The truck contains twelve pallets of food, water, cleaning supplies, etc. If your church or organization can receive this truck load of relief supplies please call Jodie Hansom of the  Shelby County Emergency Management at 317-532-7598.

Central Baptist Offers Help

Central Baptist Church is offering the following services to our community.

Work Crews
• Clean-Up Crews to remove debris, carpet and padding, flooring, sheetrock, etc

Distribution and Collection Center
• Water
• Non-perishable food items
• Toiletries (diapers, feminine products, wipes, deodorant, shampoo, etc.)

Meals
• One meal per day beginning Monday, September 4 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Holy Covenant UMC Disaster Response


Holy Covenant UMC is accepting donations and volunteers Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at 22111 Morton Ranch Road. We are coordinating with area shelters and community organizations to distribute donations as needed throughout the area.

We are working with Clothed by Faith as a donation drop spot for any of their current needs and requests. Donations accepted this week Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Click here to sign up to volunteer.

Holy Covenant UMC is partnering with The Waters Church to fill their food pantry and meet the needs of the community. We will be receiving any and everything to separate and store for the Food Pantry open on the Corner of Mason and Morton Ranch.

For an updated list of the needed donations click here.

Let us know if your house needs to be cleaned.
We need people to help clean homes.
We are currently sending out relief teams to begin the cleanup process. If an individual or church needs assistance please call us at 281-579-1200 or click here and we will contact you.

To volunteer on clean up crews click here or call 281-579-1200. If you are volunteering for a clean-up crew and have the appropriate safety gear and tools please bring them with you.

Thank you for your continued support and generosity as we begin the recovery process in our community.

Holy Covenant United Methodist Church
22111 Morton Ranch Road Katy TX. 77449
Phone: 281-579-1200

Donation Drop Spot is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Children’s Relief Kits

Thanks you for your generous response of children’s items for St. Peter’s United Methodist Church Children’s Relief kits. We no longer need donations.

Families in Katy and Houston are invited to pick up a Children’s Relief Kit on Saturday, September 2, between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. These kits include books, toys, crafty supplies, and more.

St. Peter’s UMC
20775 Kingsland Blvd.
Katy, Texas 77450

UPDATE

St. Peter’s will be open on Sunday, September 3, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM to receive displaced families who are in need of clothes, cleaning supplies, diapers, hygiene products, food, water, bedding, baby food, toys, games and much more.

Kids books, toys, games, and more can be picked up in Asbury Hall. All other donations are available in our Scout Hut.

Mud Out Buckets

The greater Katy Community is facilitating immediate clean up efforts for families whose homes have been flooded. Below is an inventory of items required. Please put the items in a five-gallon bucket with a lid.

We are requesting churches, businesses, community organizations and individuals to consider helping us by assembling, packing and delivering mud out kits put together as follows:

Bucket Inventory:

• 1 Five gallon bucket with lid
• 1 Bottle of liquid laundry detergent (for hand-washing)
• 1 Liquid household cleaner (Mr. Clean, Pine Sol etc.)
• 1 Bottle dish soap
• 1 Can of air freshener
• 1 Insect repellent spray
• 1 Scrub brush
• 1 Container of cleaning wipes
• 8 Sponges
• 8 Scouring pads
• 50 clothespins
• 2 x 50 ft clothesline
• 24 Heavy duty trash bags
• 5 Dust masks (at least)
• 2 Pair of rubber gloves
• 1 Pair heavy duty work gloves
• 1 Bottle bleach
• 1 Bottle mold and mildew remover
• 1 Retractable blade utility knife and extra blades

As we receive these fully packed Mud Out Kits, Compassion Katy will facilitate distribution to the hardest hit areas in Katy/West Houston. As you assemble these Mud Out Kits please notify Compassion Katy at: info@compassionkaty.org

NOTE: We will post drop off location and hours soon.

Churches Helping Churches


Dear Pastors,

As we shared at yesterday’s meeting, several of our Katy area church sustained flood damage and will not be able to worship in their respective locations. If your church can provide a meeting venue for displaced congregations, please complete the Host Church Form.

Please return the form to Paul Cockrell, pastor of Bethel Bible Fellowship. Paul is coordinating our efforts to connect displaced churches with host churches.

Supplies for Families

St. Peter’s United Methodist Church Scout Hut (located off Kingsland Blvd by our ball fields) will be open from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Friday September 1st and Saturday September 2nd offering free supplies to any family impacted by the flood. This offer is also available to anyone housing an evacuated family or first responders, churches that have impacted families, or shelter locations that are in need. We also have boxes and packing tape available for families to transport items home.

Available Supplies Include:
• Water
• Diapers
• Food
• Cleaning Supplies
• Towels
• Hygiene Products
• Toilet paper
• …and more.

For more information please contact Emily Barnhill at Emily.l.barnhill@gmail.com

Items for Hope Impacts

Hope Impacts seeks to provide hope to homeless, helpless, and under resourced people in the Katy community, through tangible acts of love. Here is a list of current needs for Hope Impacts.

• Adult size back packs -50 ( new if possible)
• Adult Sleeping bags- 50
• Tents (4-6 people)
• New socks (Men’s white)
• New Underwear (Men’s cotton boxer/briefs M-XL)
• Men’s belts ( gently used)
• Men’s shorts/Pants (size 30-38 waist, gently used fine)
• Men’s T-Shirts (with pocket preferred, M-XXL)
• Gently used Tennis shoes (Men’s size 8-12)
• Large Tarps

These are ongoing needs but we have to replace what we have handed out during the storms. You may drop off donations at 802 Dominion, Suite 300 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM (across the street from Kingsland Baptist Church).

We also have volunteer opportunities for various daily operations. Please contact marilyn@hopeimpacts.net or tina@hopeimpacts.net for more information.

Items Needed for Children

St. Peter’s United Methodist Church is collecting items for Children impacted by the flood that are now in shelters, hotels, or with friends and families and left their homes with nothing. These are non food or clothing items, but items to help them feel like children while dealing with this uncertainty and trauma.

Items can be dropped off in Asbury Hall at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 20775 Kingsland Blvd. Katy, TX 77450 between 11-1 on Friday September 1. If you need to get items dropped off before that please contact Whitney Peper at wpeper@stpkaty.org

• Books
• Coloring books
• Crayons or colored pencils
• Stickers
• Matchbox cars
• Action figures
• Dolls (Barbie and stuffed)
• Stuffed animals
• Nail polish and hair accessories
• Jump ropes
• Cards and card games
• Games
• Puzzles
• Toys (yoyos, etch-a-sketch, slinky etc)
• Play dough
• Activity books
• Pencils
• Flash cards
• Small musical instruments
• Sport balls
• Crafts
• Building blocks
• Paper dolls
• Plastic animals
• Plastic dinosaurs

We will be collecting for boys in girls in the following age breaks, 0-3, 3-6, 6-9, 9-12, & 12-up. Please feel free to purchase items that are not on the list above, these are examples of things that would bring joy to an impacted child or teen.

For additional information please contact Whitney Peper at wpeper@stpkaty.org

Clothed By Faith Volunteers Needed

Clothed By Faith needs volunteers today at…

Clothed By Faith
802 Dominion Drive, Suite 100 (west of Kingsland Baptist Church)
Katy, Texas 77450

Crosspoint Church
700 Westgreen Blvd
Katy, Texas

Here’s how to sign up.Step 1
Watch these two instructional videos.
Video 1 Video 2

Step 2
Use this link to sign up.

Not able to volunteer, here are a few ideas on what you can do to help.

Power House Disaster Response

PowerHouse Church is accepting all donations at 1818 Katyland Drive. We are distributing these donations as needed throughout the city. If you are in need of supplies call 281-391-0095 and we will get them to you.

Powerhouse is currently accepting:
• water
• non-perishable food
• hygiene products
• baby items

We are assembling teams to begin the cleanup process. If an individual or a church needs help cleaning out their flooded area please call 281-391-0095 or email us at info@teampowerhouse.org.

To volunteer on cleanup crews please call 281-391-0095 or email us at info@teampowerhouse.org

If you are volunteering for a cleanup crew please bring appropriate safety gear and tools.

KCM Food Pantry Needs


The Katy Christian Ministries Food Pantry is receiving the following donated items to assist flood victims.

Quickly needed:
4-5 bilingual people at first Methodist at 12:30 ask for Lilly, or Caroline. They will be helping communicate recovery efforts and home information for those affected.
Needs for the shelter pantry:
• Non perishable foods
• Cleaning supplies- bleach, Clorox wipes, rags

• Personal care items

Immediate needs for cleaning and recovery efforts: 
• Mops and brooms and buckets
• Grocery sacks
• Furniture sliders (many)
• Shelving units

Parkway Fellowship Donations


To churches and individuals who wish to donate to assist in flood relief, Parkway Fellowship is a distribution point for many necessary items. Organizations and individuals who wish to partner with us may donate the following items at the church, Sunday through Friday from 9 AM to 12 PM. These items will be distributed each day from 2 PM to 5 PM, or until supplies run out.

PERSONAL CARE ITEMS
• Bottled water
• Hygiene items
• Toothpaste
• Toothbrushes
• Deodorant
• Feminine products
• Bar soap
• Shampoo / Conditioner
• Razors
• Shaving Cream
• New, packaged underwear & socks (all sizes)
• Diapers
 Wipes
• 
Blankets
• 
Pillows
• Contact Lens Saline Solution
• 
Infant formula

GIFT CARDS
Store gift cards in increments no larger than $100, (please avoid Visa gift cards, etc.) which can be used for food, gasoline, home repair/improvement, etc.

If you have any questions, please call Gary Chevalier at 832.222.9282.

The Fellowship Has Baby Items


PLEASE NOTE: Baby items are NO longer available.

The Fellowship is graciously offering diapers, portable cribs, and hygiene items to any family displaced from their home. You may pick up these items at The Fellowship’s campus located at 22765 Westheimer Parkway in Katy. Please contact Glenn Lerich, Missions Pastor, with any questions at the church office at 281.395.3950.

Current Church Responds

Current Church has 5 construction crews out today, had 2 out yesterday. They are removing carpets and wood floors of homes that flooded. Some are also taking out the drywall and insulation to avoid mold. We are also partnering with Christ Clinic and Life Church (just next door to us) to supply them with their needs (water, medicine, food). We are working with large donors currently to find homes that were completely destroyed, so that we can financially support a rebuild. We’re just trying to do what we can based on the needs we find out about. Our church has come together in amazing ways and we are just seeing a need and filling it. If someone wants to volunteer with us, they can fill out this form.

Contact Nathan Rymer, our project leader, at 281.772.6306. Check the Current Church website for additional helpful links.

CrossPoint Reunification Center

CrossPoint Church, located at 700 Westgreen Blvd. Katy, 77450, is operating as a reunification center. Families are welcomed here for food and clothing until they can find a shelter or host family. We will allow pets.

Clothed by Faith is working out of our facility to sort and eventually distribute clothing. They currently do not need anymore volunteers.

If you have a need or would like to volunteer, please send your contact information to us at relief@crosspt.org

Clothed By Faith Needs

NOTE: This need was met within an hour of this posting. NO more items needed. Thanks for your kindness.

Clothed By Faith demonstrates God’s love through the provision of gently used clothing to those in need. In the aftermath of the hurricane, Clothed By faith has the following needs:

• 18 x 18 x 16 cardboard boxes (need 200)
• Strong Packing Tape
• Sharpie Pens
• Water for Volunteers
• Snacks for Volunteers
• New, large, reusable shopping bags (e.g., like the ones at TJ Maxx)
• Sports bags for clients to put clothing in

Please deliver these items to the Clothed By Faith office located at:
802 Dominion Drive, Suite 100 (west of Kingsland Baptist Church)
Katy, Texas 77450

NOTE: This need was met within an hour of this posting. NO more items needed. Thanks for your kindness.

Host Home Information

The Fellowship is matching evacuees with host homes. We were operational at noon on Tuesday and within 2 hours we had an incredible outpouring from the community. We have had almost 300 families sign up to be host homes. By 11:00 PM last night we had over 400 volunteers sign up. Fifty-seven (169 individuals) evacuees made it to The Fellowship and 32 families were placed in host homes.

We have experienced the generosity of God’s people through an overwhelming response for supplies, food, meals, water, clothes, diapers, everything. We have so much that our building is overflowing. At this point like most of the shelters we don’t need any more. If you have donations, hold onto them because we will need them in the weeks to come.

If you can be a host home or help in any way, please click on this Host Home Link and donate or sign up or just come by The Fellowship and jump in.

A big thank you to Greg Coop and the Monty Ballard YMCA. Last night they opened their doors to 72 firefighters from Phoenix doing rescue operations. They have also opened the Y showers for all of our first-responders, National Guard and citizen rescuers that we are housing at The Fellowship. Greg was up here till after midnight working side by side with us to make sure we cared for those in need and those serving. Thank you.

Today is new day and we are expecting a new wave of evacuees to The Fellowship. Katy ISD shelters are full and are rerouting all new evacuees to The Fellowship for assistance. Thank you again for your prayers and all that you are doing to serve our city.

Christ’s Mercy Church Responds

Christ’s Mercy Church is assisting Compassion Katy and their partner Feed the Hunger.
 Feed The Hunger is shipping pallets of food to the church mid to late next week. Christ’s Mercy will serve as Compassion Katy’s distribution center for those food items.

Christ’s Mercy is also serving as a relief intake for the various food and clothing ministries, such as Clothed By Faith. Many of these groups are overwhelmed with the amount of supplies coming in and have had to temporarily stop taking donations. Christ’s Mercy is accepting specific clothing and food items, sorting and organizing them, and then assisting with the distribution of clothing and food.

We are grateful to Christ’s Mercy Church for serving our community in this capacity.

Christ’s Mercy Church
3506 Porter Road
Katy, Texas 77493
(281) 391 2273

If My Home Floods

If you need assistance with your clean-out, please print and complete the Property Owners Assistance Request and bring it to the Texas Baptist Men Command Center located in the office center across Dominion Street on the west side of Kingsland Baptist Church. The command center is located next to the Hope Impacts office.

Here are a few general instructions on how to proceed if your home was damaged by flood waters. Every situation is unique so the guidelines may or may not fit your specific situation, so they are intended to apply at a high level.

SAFETY

Your safety is primary so be very careful going back into your house, especially if the flood waters left a deposit of mud as it will be extremely slippery until completely dried.

Be alert for snakes and other critters that may have found your home to be a safe haven during the flood, especially if the water had significant depth or was in your home for more than a few hours.

WARNING: The floodwaters were most likely septic. Be sure to clean any items you intend to keep that were in direct contact with the flood waters. These items should be thoroughly cleaned with a disinfectant solution. Also during the clean-up operation if you get even a minor scratch it should be cleaned and treated with antibiotics immediately, then covered with a bandage before you return to work.

DOCUMENTATION

IF YOU HAVE FLOOD INSURANCE, before you do anything contact your insurance carrier and determine what specific requirements they may have to support your claim for damage.

In general you will need to show physical evidence as to the height the water was in your home. Photos of the water mark is usually sufficient, but they may ask you to leave a portion of the sheetrock or a door in place that has a watermark on it, until an adjuster physically visits your home.

For any personal belongings, furniture, appliances, or other items that are not salvageable, i.e., items that you take to the curb, document with pictures and a very detailed list that gives a complete description of the item and the number of items damaged.

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE Flood Insurance and plan to submit a request for assistance from FEMA, go to the FEMA website and register immediately so that you are in the queue. Then follow the same guidelines as above to document your losses. For the FEMA inspector, be sure that you leave something with a watermark on it in place (section of sheetrock, a door, etc.) so there is no dispute as to the height of water.

CLEAN UP

The overriding theme of clean-up is get all the water and mud and anything that got wet out of your home as quickly as possible.
The depth to which your home was flooded and the length of time the water was in your house will have a tremendous impact on what to do during the clean-up phase.

Water that was only 2-3” deep for few hours, usually only requires that carpets, pads, wood flooring, and baseboards be removed.

As the water gets deeper and stays longer, you will need to remove sheetrock and wall insulation to a level where it is dry (less than 20% moisture content) above the watermark or where there is no mold.

If the water is in the house for 7-10 days or longer, it is highly likely that mold will grow well above the water mark, so it could be necessary to remove the sheetrock all the way to ceiling, even if the water was only 24” or less.

Deeper water levels could also necessitate the removal of kitchen and bath room cabinets. Solid wood cabinets are sometimes salvageable but cabinets made of particle or pressboard are generally not salvageable if they got wet at all.

If at all possible removal of sheetrock should be at a controlled cut. Measure the height you plan to remove it to, snap a chalk line, and scribe along that line with a sharp knife or power tool that produces little dust and then break out below the scribed line. A couple of things to keep in mind, contractors will charge you more to replace 24” of sheetrock than they will for 48” because the cost of labor to cut a 24” piece outweighs the cost of the material. If you are doing the repairs yourself, then cut as needed, but recommend 12”, 24”, or 48” to minimize the waste.

Most times if the water was about 12-18” for any length of time, doors, door trim, door frames will also need to be removed. Hardware can be salvaged.

Any appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers where the water was deep enough for the motor to get wet are damaged beyond repair and should be moved to the curb. If the power has been off and/or the refrigerator is not working for more than 24 hours, DO NOT open the door unless you have a very strong stomach. If you move the refrigerator to the curb, make sure to tape the door shut for safety reasons.

If the water got above the electrical outlets, then turn off the breakers that service those outlets until an electrician can check everything. If the water level was above the light switches, then shut off the main breaker until the electrician can check your system.

Once all the wet material has been removed and the studs exposed, they need to be sprayed with a mold mediation product. Shockwave (only available online) is recommended as the mold in Texas is becoming resistant to bleach, but bleach at 50-50 dilution is better than nothing. If you use bleach, make sure to wear gloves and eye protection.

After the electrical system has been confirmed to be ok, run ceiling fans, box fans, etc., to help facilitate the drying process. If the A/C is functioning run it at 72-73 degrees continuously. It is extremely important to keep the house cool to the maximum extent possible to reduce mold formation. Do not leave the windows open for prolonged periods of time as the humidity will slow down the drying process. The use of dehumidifiers will help, but the cost does not justify the end results as everything will usually will be dry before the contractor can arrive to start the repairs.

GENERAL

Keep receipts and document your expenses, especially if you have flood insurance. Follow FEMA guidelines on their website in this regard.

If you have several items that are salvageable but need to move out of the house, the garage usually is a good storage place, but if it is not large enough and you need to rent something like a POD unit, these are going to be in great demand so get your name on the rental list early.

Be patient but persistent. The repair process will not go nearly as fast as you want. There will be be long periods of waiting for adjusters, there will be material shortages, and shortages of reputable contractors.

There will be unscrupulous contractors in the area preying on the victims, so be extremely careful and vet them very well before you give them any money.

If you need assistance with your clean-out, please print and complete the Property Owners Assistance Request and bring it to the Texas Baptist Men Command Center located in the office center across Dominion Street on the west side of Kingsland Baptist Church. The command center is located next to the Hope Impacts office.

Katy Christian Ministries Needs

Volunteers are needed at Katy Christian Ministries on August 30 and August 31 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. KCM is located at 5504 First Street, Katy 77493. Please wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes.

Duty: Help clean and move furniture around.

We also need fans to dry the wet areas throughout the building. Desperate need now!

Volunteers are also needed at First United Methodist Church located at 5601 E. 5th to accept non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, and toiletry items (see list below).

KCM Food Distribution will start Thursday at First United Methodist Church. A case manager and counselor will be on site from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Volunteers are needed.

Financial contribution for families as well as unrestricted donations to help with our operating costs are needed. Because of flooding in our resale store, our income is down.

ITEMS NEEDED TO ASSIST FAMILIES IMPACTED BY FLOODING

Food Items
• Cooking Oil
• Condiments
• Sugar
• Flour
• Canned Fruit
• Mac & Cheese
• Jelly
• Dry Beans (1 pound bags)
• Cereal
• Oatmeal
• Spaghetti-O’s
• Canned Tomato Products
• Mixed Vegetables
• Pancake Mix and Syrup
• Snacks for Kids

Beverages
• Water
• Tea
• Lemonade

Personal Care Items
• Shampoo and Conditioner
• Toothpaste and Toothbrush
• Bar Soap
• Hand Soap
• Deodorant
• Razors and Shave Cream
• Feminine Products
• Wash Cloths
• Laundry Detergent (powder)
• Diapers (all sizes)

Miscellaneous Items
• Kitchen Sized Garbage Bags
• Dawn Dish Soap
• Bucket
• Broom
• Mop
• Paper Towels
• Toilet Paper
• Cleaning Products
• Hand Sanitizer
• Lysol Spray
• Disinfecting Wipes
• Cleaning Gloves
• Dust Face Masks
• Plastic Plates and Bowels
• Plastic Utensils
• Can Opener

Christ Clinic Ready to Help

Christ Clinic will be open Wednesday, August 30, at 9:00 AM to provide basic medical care to anyone in need. They offer medication refills, wound care, and acute care. Christ Clinic is located at 25722 Kingsland Blvd. Suite 101. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Also, Christ Clinic is in need of over-the-counter medication:

• Allegra
• Clartin
• Zyrtec
• Benadryl (tablets)
• Hydrocortisone Cream
• Triple Antibiotic Ointment
• Children’s Cold Medicine.

Please drop off donations on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 8:00 AM
25722 Kingsland Blvd, Suite 101
Katy, Texas 77494.

Disaster Response

Special thanks to all of our area pastors, churches, and rescue and relief agencies for your willingness to hold the ropes for those who are in need in our community. The outpouring of love and support for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey has been beyond amazing.

Flooded Home

More than 5,200 homes in Katy sustained flood damage in a matter of days. Families have been displaced to area shelters or found shelter with family, friends, and even strangers. The task of helping homeowners in our area with post-disaster needs will have us busy for months to come.

The Texas Baptist Men’s Disaster Response teams will coordinate much of the post-disaster assistance after the flood waters recede. Kingsland Baptist Church is serving as the command center for Texas Baptist Men relief efforts in Katy. TBM is inviting men and women who are interested in assisting their neighbors to serve under the guidance of our highly trained disaster response leaders.

If you or your group would like to serve, please contact Omar Garcia or Mary Whittington in Kingsland’s Missions Ministry Office. They will reply with instructions on next steps. In light of the large numbers of people in need, we are prepared to receive hundreds of volunteers.

As with most disasters, the hard work begins after the storms. Because we have so many homes impacted by the flooding, we have lots of work ahead of us and a great opportunity to show our community the beauty of Jesus as we wok cooperatively to address needs. This work will go on for weeks. We will still need volunteers long after the storm is no longer in the headlines.