Our operations base is near the center of Detroit provided by the Salvation Army. We are looking to increase our workforce with an Americorps NCCC team. We will continue to schedule out our Disaster Assessment and Response Team (DART) members so we always have a minimum of two teams until September 3rd. We are exploring the option of using corporate groups and local volunteers in the area to increase our field capacity.
We are working closely with 2 other VOAD groups that have been working in the area. NECHAMA – Jewish Response to Disaster and the Michigan’s Baptist Convention. We have started to assess homes that have already been gutted by Nechama so we can amplify both our efforts by following behind and providing Mold Sanitation assistance. This allows us all to expand our capacity and see homes through completion.
While we start work on assessing the homes referred to us by our VOAD partners, the city of Detroit is compiling a list of homes still in need of assistance and will be distributing them among us. We hope to all work together with our small teams to maximize our impacts and provide support to the Motor City.
Through our initial site assessments, we’re finding that doing Mold Sanitation in basements is different from what we’ve encountered in other disasters. We’re refining our guidelines and procedures with our Team Leaders on the ground so we can provide consistent messaging to our volunteers and NCCC teams.