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Bastrop Wildfires (Sep - Oct 2011)

Upbring Disaster Response - Bastrop Wildfires 0

Bastrop Wildfire Reconstruction and Rehabilitation

We began assisting victims immediately following the Bastrop Wildfire. We served our clients as Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response (LSSDR). While our name has changed to Upbring Disaster Response, we remain diligent to our mission to serve those impacted by disasters in the Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana areas.

Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response (LSSDR) oversaw the work of nearly 1,000 volunteers working on at least 60 different projects over the course of about six months. About half of those projects were cleanup and debris removal, and the other half were rebuilds of homes and sheds. When possible, the rebuild work was completed with lumber reclaimed and milled from trees burned in the fire.

We also served as the case management firm to process recovery assistance applications made by Bastrop County residents impacted by the 2011 Texas wildfires.

We worked with Bastrop residents eligible for assistance under the Community Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program. Through this program, we provided repair, rebuild and down-payment assistance to 40 families that met the following requirements:

  • Homeowner during the fire event Aug. 30 to Dec. 31, 2011.
  • Primary residence during the fire event.
  • Home damaged as a direct result of fires.
  • Damaged unit was a single family residence.
  • Have existing unmet housing need.

We provided assistant for these families up until three and a half years after the fire, making us the last disaster response organization on the ground in Bastrop. It was an exciting and rewarding journey for our team to see the positive impact they made for the families. When we handed over house-warming gifts and keys to a new home, the smiling faces and tears of joy (and perseverance) were the best “thank you” we could have received.

LSSDR was chosen by the Texas General Land Office (GLO) under the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance and Continuing Appropriations Act (Public Law 112-55).

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