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Ramping Up

Project Minot kicked into high gear today with 37 people working to help the town get back on it’s feet after the worst flooding in 130 years. Volunteers worked to gut three homes back to the studs, clearing basements, breaking down drywall and pulling up buckled floors. Big thanks to the team who arrived from Project Alabama and got right down to work after some pretty mammoth journeys.

I started the day leading a team of Americorps volunteers in debris removal only to be removed of duty by veteran team leader Joe an hour in so that I could get back to my desk in the auditorium. After processing new volunteers, taking new work requests, doing a spot of last-minute grocery shopping for dinner and picking up an arrival from the airport, I palmed off my cooking duties onto Alabama alum Rob and got right back to my new computer and my fledgling spreadsheet. It’s now 10pm and things are starting to take shape, thanks in large part to another repeat volunteer, and now Project Coordinator extraordinare, Clare.

Team Minot is really starting to work like a well oiled machine. Its a good job because tomorrow we have a big team from Bike and Build coming, a group that cycles round the country stopping off to help out with manual and building projects like ours, as well as teams from Americorps, state workers and local Minotans. That’s eight teams going out to assist eight homeowners onto the long road to recovery. Go teams!


About Jess UK

Fell in love with the crazy, inspiring, all-or-nothing world of disaster response and the wonderfully ridiculous, hard-working people who are drawn to it. Currently working in the Philippines as part of the recovery efforts after Typhoon Washi/Sendong! Want to know more? Check out disasterchasers.wordpress.com.


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