Dave Henderson, a representative of UMCOR (The United Methodist Committee on Relief) civil engineers, arrived in Shelby County last week and met with officials from Shelby County Emergency Management Agency, Shelby County Code Enforcement, University of Memphis GIS Mapping Project, and Mid-South VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters).
“Understanding the parameters that will govern our work is essential to helping homeowners,” Henderson said.
UMCOR has experience training volunteer teams so they can provide meaningful help to homeowners. These teams perform cleanup, some debris removal and some deconstruction work. The impacted property owner pays no fees for their services.
“There are several groups that have expressed an interest in helping homeowners with the clean up process, a process we call ‘mucking.’ These groups are being connected with UMCOR to schedule training. Several mucking teams from companies, faith, and community organizations will work with UMCOR to help homeowners with the clean-up process,” said Loretta Hurt, an officer of Mid-South VOAD and staff member at United Way of the Mid-South.
Homeowners wanting clean-up assistance and people wishing to serve on volunteer mucking teams should call 901-654-0756 between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If there is no “live” answer, homeowners and volunteers should leave their name and number with the message system and an UMCOR representative will return the call. Assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.