The Ellis Christian Disaster Relief Team [ECDRT] was created to provide similar services of the Texas Baptist Men's [TBM] Disaster Relief Units to people in Ellis County without a TBM "Call Out." Most individuals that participate with the ECDRT are TBM yellow capped trained but it is not always required. This ministry allows people to be involved locally (many times on the week-end) whom may not be available for a TBM "Call Out". ECDRT will be called out by TBM and the participants must be yellow capped trained. See the article below written to define the difference.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TBM "CALL-OUTS" AND ECDRT "CALL-OUTS"
TBM accepts invitations to come assist in disasters and then they “Call-Out” teams to assist. Ellis currently has 5 units which could be “Called Out” by TBM. They are:
- Clean-Out – equipped with power washer, shovels, trash cans, wheelbarrow, vacuum and miscellaneous tools
- Tent – 40 x 60 foot tent. Table and chairs are available as well. There is a fee for the use of the tent if the event not a disaster
- Box - 14 foot cargo trailer that holds about 3,000 boxes
- Generator – can provide electricity for a 3 bedroom house. (12,500 watts).
- Shower/Laundry – 28 foot cargo trailer with 6 showers and 1 washer/ 2 dryers
All volunteers must be Yellow Cap trained into order to go with a TBM team. The training is good for three years.
ECDRT will be called out by TBM but also provides similar service with disaster relief to people in Ellis County. You do not have to Yellow Cap trained to work locally with ECDRT. It helps and is encouraged but not required. This ministry allows people to be involved locally which involves those volunteers that work and cannot participate in TBM "Call Outs".
Ellis Christian Disaster Relief Leadership Team Members
President/Tent Unit:: Barry Bensmiller
Vice President/Disaster Relief Representative: Jim Lawton
Vice President/Box Unit: Cindy Wesch
Vice President/Resources and Logistics: Mike Bradshaw
EBA Representative: Larry Johnson
Treasurer: Yvette Johnson
FLOOD (Clean Out)
FIRE (CLEAN OUT)
RA Camp (BOX UNIT)
(Box, Tent, Clean Out and Shower / Laundry Units)