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Beginning the Recovery

Beginning the Recovery

September 4, 2020 news,newsletters

Water First   Know Others Concerned about Redwood Glen’s Future – Forward this to them   Restoring the Water Supply   Board member Mike Green and staff Chad Plantenberg test the water safety as the fire retreats.   First Testing – Then Reconnecting The most important loss from the fire […]

 
Know Others Concerned about Redwood Glen’s Future – Forward this to them
 
Restoring the Water Supply
 
Board member Mike Green and staff Chad Plantenberg test the water safety as the fire retreats.
 
First Testing – Then Reconnecting
The most important loss from the fire for the camp facilities was the main water supply lines to the water treatment plant. (See below for “Happening…” about helping replace the lines.) And the very first thing that needs to be operating safely for the staff to return is the water treatment plant. So as soon as was possible, the water left in the tanks and in the lines needed to be tested. Mike Greene (board member) worked with Chad Plantenberg (staff) to collect water and get the samples to Livermore for analysis.
 
Evacuation orders have just been lifted, but the facilities are not yet ready to be occupied. Water in the tanks still might be needed for fire suppression. Several steps need to be accomplished before the potable water will be available. It is hoped the water system can be restarted very soon, and that the staff’s return to their homes on campus can be met with a safe system operating.
 
What’s Next?
What Can You Do to Help?
Glad you asked! A couple of efforts will be happening very soon.
1 – Bridge the Gap Funds Campaign – The Redwood Glen board will be launching a funds drive very soon. The goal will be to secure enough donations and monthly commitments to get Redwood Glen to next summer’s camps. The pandemic has meant no camps, no guests and no income since the beginning of shelter in place. And now, with the fire, there will be other needs that require money and expertise. Please be prepared to respond in significant ways to this effort.
2 – Work Days! Get yourself and your friends ready to participate in work days at camp during the fall. There will be much to do: fire retardant clean up, replacing pipelines, clean up from ash and other fire evidence. The next few weeks, these work days will be planned. Stay tuned for dates, needs, and team efforts.
 
Happening in a couple of weeks: Able bodied volunteers will be needed to “pull pipe” in phase 2 of rebuilding the water supply to the treatment plant. It is a tough job but you helping the staff can get it done. If you are interested, click the link to ask more about the pipe pulling party.
“One Step at a Time”
Before Redwood Glen can host guests, a good number of steps need to happen.
1 – Re-establish the water system: including the testing, installing new source lines, checking for leaks, making sure it is safe and usable for the various needs.
2 – Staff returning: this will be done in stages with safety and facility management in mind.
3 – Cleaning up after the fire: ash and toxin clean up, fire retardant clean up, burned ground cover and downed trees removed, cleaning out spoiled food and supplies, cleaning needed machines, etc. Also getting burned facilities demolished and prepared for rebuilding.
4 – Safety first: though it was primarily a ground fire near Redwood Glen, there will be weakened trees toppling and holes in paths from underground burning.
5 – Funding the gap: fire damage now adds to the lack of income during the pandemic. Guests can return only after the staff and been supported, the bills have been paid and Redwood Glen has money for restart operations.
6 – Covering all this: PRAYER and THANKSGIVING that God’s future for Redwood Glen will be accomplished.
 
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