Friday, September 26, 2008

Helping Out

Jeff was asked if he could help hand out supplies provided by BP to BP employees. Since we had the time and felt so fortunate we both gladly went. Lambros went with us. We drove about an hour and a half to Texas City. We didn't see a ton of destruction. We figure we were fairly close. We heard lots of sad stories. Those who waited hours for supplies were very appreciative. Here are a few photos. Some older neighborhoods with lots of roof damage. - (Bub you'd have a hay day down here!!!!) Roofers are so overwhelmed with all the work and with all the rebuilding that will need to be done. There will continue to be a need for quite some time. Labor is cheap down here as well. Unfortunately not everyone knows how do a good roof. Many people found leaks even in areas where there weren't very heavy winds.
A short line for gas!
Helping out - this is where they put food into plastic bags.
Jeffrey - isn't he cute ;) standing next to the bags of food and juice.
They had a very organized setup. Each employee had to report into BP's help lines. They told them what their needs were. The employee was given a case number. As they were in line, they gave their information and filled out paperwork. At the front of the line they were directed into 1 of 3 bays. These guys in the photo placed the needed items into the waiting vehicle. Items varied - "generator, fuel for the generator, batteries, flashlight, a non-perishable food pack, bottled water, tarps, gloves, bleach, detergent, saw, rope, powdered milk, infant formula, diapers, toothpaste, toothbrushes, wipes and many more items I can't recall" (Item list copied from BP letter).
They had a flat bed of huge gas containers they used to fill up the 5 gallon gas cans.
Supplies to be handed out.Jeff and Lambros helping out. They started off the day loading cars. They were quickly recruited to putting generators together. They did about 70 in 6 hours or so. Pallets of generators waiting to be assembled.
My job was flattening cardboard. The first couple of hours I had help. Then my help disappeared.
Ouch - we double checked at this crossing!
Silos - not much use now!
I don't know if this is a temporary repair job or if it was just poorly constructed!
The winds of adversity quickly show what we are built of and the craftsmanship. Even the best of supplies don't hold up well with poor craftsmanship. We've been given the best. What will the winds show us?

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