This is a call for sawyers to go to the Victoria, Texas area to clean up hurricane-damaged trees. The initial departure is scheduled for October 18. I imminently need to notify the Texas folks of our trip details, including a rough estimate of the number of sawyers going, so please confirm with your available dates as soon as you can via email to Jim Reeves at email@example.com.
Our trip will start on October 18, possibly taking two days to travel, followed by teamwork (in 3-on; 1-off sequence) for as long as team members are available. DSC ERT members will be there to support us for at least part of our time.
Per our Texas contact, we will be staying in and operating from Victoria, Texas. The plan is for us to be housed at a local Methodist Church in Victoria. It has kitchen facilities for our use.
RIDES / TRANSPORTATION:
As we firm up lists of participants, we will try to set up carpooling, but we also need to haul a substantial amount of work equipment. Let us know if you would be able to drive and take passengers who could share trip costs. Non-drivers can join us or return via air service from Corpus Christi or Houston.
We typically pay our own way and share costs, etc., where we can. There may be some donated funds available (unknown at this time) and participants are welcome to find sponsors as you can.
GENERAL STUFF YOU MIGHT TAKE:
- Work clothes: Tuff pants, long-sleeved shirts, boot socks
- Personal and leisure clothes: Off-time clothes, undies, rain gear, pajamas, warm gear
- Hygiene items: Meds, bug spray, sunscreen
- Bed: cot or air mattress, bedroll, pillow
- Entertainment: Books, camera, personal music player with headphones
Personal protective gear is required for anyone from our team who operates a chainsaw. That includes a sawyer helmet (with ear muffs and face shield), sawyer chaps, leather work gloves, and work boots (preferably with steel toes). We have a few chaps that can be borrowed (subject to sizing), but sharing sweaty helmets is not pleasant.
Do you have one or more chainsaws in good working order? If so, bring it/them with spare chains (plus tools, parts, etc.). We likely will not have time, parts or expertise to renovate dead saws that come to us in that condition.
Early this month, we worked to remove storm-downed trees from roofs and close around houses where the resident had requested such help. We also took the time at most homes to reduce downed trees from the rest of each lot. I expect the work on this coming trip to be similar. Note that some literature describes this work as more dangerous than felling, bucking, and limbing of standing trees, such as we have done in Colorado.
I am updating the sawyer training materials to add focus on Storm Damaged Tree conditions such as we will encounter in the wake of Hurricane Harvey – a significantly different condition from those we have previously worked under.
For anyone who can attend, especially prospective new sawyers, I will be hosting a pre-trip ‘classroom’ sawyer certification training session at my home in east Mesa starting at 6:00 PM on Sunday, October 15. The training is required for any sawyer to become certified by DSC, and I will repeat it on-site in Texas. I also recommend that all certified sawyers attend one of the sessions for a refresher and to learn new stuff.
PLEASE RSVP (firstname.lastname@example.org or text at 602-625-4611) AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IF YOU CAN JOIN US FOR EVEN A FEW DAYS IN TEXAS AND/OR WILL ATTEND THE OCTOBER 18 TRAINING.
This will be strenuous, rewarding work that benefits everyone we serve. I hope that you will be able to join us for at least some time on this trip.