Onsite with Hurricane Ike – Emergency Disaster Services Houston – Project417

Update:Hurricane Ike Disaster Relief

As of 4AM today (Sept. 26th) Andy Coats of Project417 is flying down to Houston as a member of the first Canadian Emergency Disaster Services team of the Salvation Army. There is a team of 10 in total for the first responders, and the assignment will last until October 9th, 2008. At that time the second team will come down to relieve us (although I’m prepared to stay longer.

Setting up the EDS Warehouse in Gretna

Setting up the EDS Warehouse in Gretna

My assignment, with colleagues from Canada, is with the Salvation Army EDS in Houston, for distribution of food and emergency supplies to victims, EDS teams and emergency service personnel: hot meals, water, MRE’s, med kits, clean-up kits, personal hygiene items,  snacks, food boxes and other donated items for victims. Other team members will be on mobile canteen duty, crisis intervention counselling (CISM), grief counselling and spiritual support.

During the time there I will also meet with the Houston CSM city leader to assess the damage to their housing site and possible relief services for the next missions. There may be an opportunity to visit Galveston to survey the damage also – and a trip to New Orleans to arrange the November short-term mission details.

I may or may not have access to the internet, but if I do I will continue to post updates and photos or make arrangements for them to be posted on my behalf. Ditto with email, so don’t be concerned if you’re not hearing from me. You can always reach me on my cell phone – visit the Project417.com site for details.

If you need to contact me, please contact Rev. Joe Elkerton, Executive Director of Project417 email:  elkerton at project417 dot com.

Gutting Houses

Please consider making a donation today to help the Hurricane Ike victims in Texas (Galveston and Houston) and New Orleans, Louisiana – by making a secure online donation with PayPal to Project417 (a registered charity of: Ekklesia Inner City Ministries)

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  1. […] Onsite with Hurricane Ike – Emergency Disaster Services Houston – Project417 […]

  2. Total Logistics Solutions Releases its Inventory Booklet to Ike Disaster Victims

    Burbank, CA – Sept 18, 2008 – Rene’ Jones, founder and president of Total Logistics Solutions in Burbank, CA, a nationally recognized supply chain / logistics and commercial warehouse inventory management company. Announced today that his company will release its Inventory Booklet to homeowners who had their homes damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Ike.

    “We realize that the best way for our organization to help homeowners get started on the right course after hurricane Ike and in the rebuilding process, is to make our tools available to the survivors,” said Jones. The user friendly inventory booklet, which is not normally available to the public, can prevent disaster victims from losing thousands of dollars on a substantial home or business insurance claim. Along with the booklet, homeowners will also get access to the online version of Cover Your Assets Inventory Software for 1 year for free, a $79.00 value. .

    Jones knows quite well the pain of those suffering right now in Texas and Louisiana. In 2004, his home was destroyed by fire. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the blaze, however all of his families’ worldly belongings were destroyed, which left he and his wife in a state of confusion when they began trying to list everything they had lost in the fire for their insurance adjuster. Jones’ long and tedious process with his insurance company, and after only receiving 55% of his final claim, inspired him to want to help others through the inventory process by taking his organizations inventory knowledge from the warehouse and applying it to the living room.

    CYA-Cover Your Assets is inventory software that allows a homeowner to record their homes contents or a business owner to record the fixed assets of their business. The desktop or online version of the software can be purchased at the company’s website http://www.itstime2cya.com.

    Mr. Jones went on to say, “We know our booklet and software are only tools to help with this devastating catastrophe. Our Inventory Specialist can help speed up the claims process so these home and business owners can get back on their feet and begin focusing on what is really important, their families.” This is definitely the most sophisticated and user-friendly home inventory product on the U.S. market. Recently named one of the top products in 2007 by Money Magazine, the CYA software and Inventory Service is applicable for home and business owners which are preparing themselves for fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, theft, divorce, terrorism or in preparation for premature death for wills and trusts.

    Or, the software and inventory booklet can serve as tools to help those individuals, that have lost all, remember what they had. “Our software has an intuitive database included that when combined with the inventory booklet will jog a person’s memory and help them create the inventory they will need to provide to their insurance adjuster,” said Jones. “Or, they can give us a call and schedule a “FREE” 30 minute telephone consultation to explain the process so they maximize their insurance claim.”

    Total Logistics Solutions will be working closely with large metropolitan cities, chambers of commerce and schools to help prepare citizens in case of disasters in their area.

    If you, your company or your city would like more information about this revolutionary product, call Total Logistics Solutions, Inc. at: 888-807-0958 ext. 709 or send an email to Alicia Martin at alicia.martin@logisticsociety.com. You may also contact Alicia to schedule an interview with Rene’ Jones the founder and president of Total Logistics Solutions, Inc.

    About the Founder and the Company:
    In 1997 Rene Jones founded Total Logistics Solutions, Inc. In November 2004, after his family suffered a house fire and was forced to create a home inventory, TLS designed the Cover Your Assets software and service. His long and tedious process with his insurance company inspired him to want to help others through the inventory process before a catastrophe happens to them.

    Total Logistics Solutions, Inc has developed inventory control procedures and software for some of the largest organizations in the country. They have organized and overseen inventories in distribution centers as large as 850k square feet and with as many as 400+ people. The Cover Your Assets division was developed to aid homeowners in the tedious task of inventory and the insurance claims process. Cover Your Assets is not an insurance product, but it is designed to compliment an existing insurance policy.

    Contact information:
    Rene Jones, Founder
    Phone: (818) 353-2962

    Alicia Martin, Director of Marketing
    Phone: (888) 807-0958 Ext. 709
    Email: info@logisticsociety.com
    Website: http://www.itstime2cya.com
    ABC Video Website: http://www.itstime2cya.com
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  3. My heart goes out to everyone effected in this disaster.

  4. Good luck and thank you for participating in the disaster relief.

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