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MisledYouth
09-16-2013, 10:46 AM
Hey guys. Just thought I'd give everyone a heads up. My buddy Chris Breidenbach (you may have seen his large D90 rolling around town) down at The Edge Automotive is hosting a meeting tomorrow (9/17) at 7pm to discuss what 4x4 owners can do to assist those still stuck in flood zones requesting assistance in moving pets, recovering vehicles, and in general just getting out of their flooded in homes so they can get med refills and stuff like that.

Understandably, we can't just drive in and roll around wherever you want, but there are some in his group who have been in contact with the local authorities, and there are some things we can still do to help.

I'm not in the loop as far as what we, as regular ol' citizens can do to help, which is why I plan on attending the meeting to find out.

Beverages are provided, so just bring yourselves.

Directions to Chris' shop can be found here:

http://www.theedgeautomotive.com/

shellb
09-16-2013, 11:20 AM
Thank you for the heads up. I am planning to attend tomorrow.

Generally speaking if anyone needs an extra hand or truck right now, please let me know. I am off of work and have free time to donate!

Corbet
09-16-2013, 01:18 PM
Wish I could make it. Sounds like a good plan. Possibly lots of recovery practice and experience could be had.

MisledYouth
09-16-2013, 05:05 PM
It sounds like the meeting will mostly cover going about things the right way. Staying out of the way of larger recover efforts and getting a list of people and vehicles for possible projects over the next few months. There may be more to it, but I guess the best way to find out is to head down there.

Inukshuk
09-16-2013, 06:39 PM
Great idea. I verified that Denver FEAT is not getting involved and have not heard back from a contact at Denver OEM. I can't make the meeting. Perhaps you could update us here.

MisledYouth
09-16-2013, 07:31 PM
Still trying to make sure I can make it. Pretty sure I'll be there. I'll try to snag some bullet points.

BritKLR
09-16-2013, 09:27 PM
I can't make the meeting, but I'd like to hear what they have to say.

Look forward to the bullet points.

Thanks

Overlander
09-17-2013, 10:05 AM
I plan on attending the meeting and see what they say, where they need help.

Rzeppa
09-17-2013, 01:11 PM
I was kind of wondering if FEAT was going to help. Thanks for letting us know Daniel.

MisledYouth
09-17-2013, 09:25 PM
Just got back from the meeting. Everything is obviously in the very early stages of organization. Right now it's an open Facebook group full of wheelers chomping at the bit to get out and help. Some things that were discussed at the meeting were:

- Leaving the current, open group up on FB in order to gather info on possible rescue events and make general announcements.

- Forming a closed FB group to more effectively dispatch a group to a rescue, cleanup, etc... An alert will be made on the group's page, and those able to help can roger up until the job requirement is met. This will also keep the craziness to a minimum. It's great when 70 capable vehicles show up willing to help, but it can obviously hurt more than help.

- There will be placards made up so the group can be identified. This is especially useful in areas where access is controlled by a formal agency.

- The group needs someone, possibly a couple of people willing to "manage". Nothing really formal, but a couple of points of contact to quickly organize a small group when one is dispatched

- Even bigger, would be someone with points of contact with various agencies, or someone willing to make contact when someone requests help, or when the group sees an opportunity to help.

This group as it stands now may not be super effective during this particular event, but I can see it being useful in future events as it has more time to organize. Unfortunately, there will probably be more fires next year, and there will probably be some good snow this year. If the group can get organized, I can see it being very effective. Getting the word out to the various agencies around the state could be extremely helpful in the future. As the group gathers a strong reputation, it may be allowed access to more restricted areas, say, to make drinking water runs to those fighting fires during the spring and summer... stuff like that. It is VERY ground level right now, but if we can get the word out and get some folks to help organize things, it could be really cool.

I'm sure I forgot some things that James (Overlander) may have written down. I'm not currently a RS member, but I can definitely see this club being a huge help in this instance.

For more info, the group is located here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/214124998756606/

Thomas Graf is the organizer of this particular meeting, but as a business owner, probably doesn't have time to really sit down and manage this thing. This is probably the biggest obstacle right now.

Thanks for listening guys. Hopefully RS can come through and help get this group running efficient aid runs to those in need in our awesome state.

Inukshuk
09-17-2013, 10:14 PM
Well done. I joined the FB group and this meets a pent-up desire of people who can travel without roads to assist. the formal rescue organizations are leery of ad-hoc help, often rightfully so, but a grass roots effort that connects with local residents and gets involved on a personal level is something entirely different. There are likely long term access needs to be addressed.

Overlander
09-17-2013, 10:26 PM
Hey Zack - greetings.

You've covered it well, I feel. They need help getting in touch with proper authorities that have jurisdiction over the area - THomas thought that CDOT is now in charge (FEMA was involved initially). If anyone has experience in dealing with or knows how to reach people in CDOT please let Zack or myself know and we'll pass it on to Thomas and the rest of the group.

Firetacoma
09-18-2013, 08:50 AM
I don't want to be a wet blanket, and I hope there is some way this group of 4-wheelers can assist... BUT I've been working up there since Wednesday night (Northwest of Boulder, down to Lee Hill and Lefthand) and there really isn't any way past the destruction without heavy machinery. The landslides are deep with big boulders, the washouts are deep and steep. When you get to an area that's gone, that's as far as a vehicle is going.

Overlander
09-18-2013, 02:42 PM
I don't want to be a wet blanket, and I hope there is some way this group of 4-wheelers can assist... BUT I've been working up there since Wednesday night (Northwest of Boulder, down to Lee Hill and Lefthand) and there really isn't any way past the destruction without heavy machinery. The landslides are deep with big boulders, the washouts are deep and steep. When you get to an area that's gone, that's as far as a vehicle is going.

Tough reality... :(