Portlight Disaster Relief

Now is the time!

By: Portlight, 11:57 AM GMT on July 28, 2009





Now is the time!

The Tropical Atlantic is currently quiet, but we all know that it will not stay that way. Whether this hurricane season, future seasons, or other disasters; we know that once again mother nature will unleash her wrath. Portlight Strategies, Inc. is hard at work to prepare for when that day comes. The immediate response to these disasters is a critical first step in people beginning to put their lives back together. It is also a perfect opportunity for Portlight Strategies, Inc. to begin to assess longer term needs and recovery projects that will rebuild lives and communities. With this in mind, WE NEED YOUR HELP!

In light of our newly formed co-operative effort with Community Disaster Services, we are moving forward with our initial response plan. This initial response plan will provide meals for rural communities and forgotten people. Now comes the part where we need this community to step up and help us prepare for the day this has to be put in motion. Portlight Strategies, Inc intends to purchase and set-up a mobile kitchen for Community Disaster Services, but without your help this will not be possible. This mobile kitchen will be available for Portlight Strategies, Inc. to deploy whenever needed. When it is not in use by Portlight Strategies, Inc it will be utilized to support Community Disaster Services efforts. So please step up and make a donation today to help us meet the financial goal required to make this a reality.

What is needed?

56+ passenger school bus 6 foot high min.

Gas pipe and connections to rig it up for propane use

Electrical conduit and connections with lights

Solar system

Steel for fabrication purposes

Window screening

Refrigeration

Water systems - Grey water and fresh water tanks, pumps, and small hot water heater

Awning

Oven

3 tier stainless steel sink with shelves
2 6ft stainless steel cutting tables
1 4ft stainless steel cutting table
4 6ft stainless steel adjustable shelving racks
Pots, pans, and kitchen utensils

Utilizing all of our resources this mobile kitchen can be up and running for roughly $12,500! Please make a donation towards this project today!



Or send checks to:

Portlight Strategies, Inc.
2043 Maybank Hwy
Charleston, SC 29445

Please note on donations, For Portlight Mobile Kitchen Effort

Initial Hurricane Response Plan

Portlight Strategies, Inc., is pleased to announce we will be working with Community Disaster Services in order to improve our ability to respond to rural and under served communities facing post-disaster situations. Community Disaster Services is a small grassroots organization which focuses on establishing field kitchens in outlying communities. Our cooperative efforts will allow us to more effectively provide for unserved, under served and forgotten people in post disaster situations.

In a hypothetical Cat 4 hurricane making landfall in Tampa Bay our joint response would look similar to this...

Prior to the storms landfall Portlight Strategies, Inc. will provide financial assistance and logistical support to Community Disaster Services as they ready the field kitchens for deployment. During this time both organizations will also be working to identify the rural, outlying, and forgotten communities that will need immediate assistance.

Shortly after landfall the field kitchens will arrive on scene and begin serving up to 1000 meals a day. The immediate focus will be on providing meals and identifying needs.

During the next two weeks this will remain the focus of both organizations. Portlight Strategies, Inc will continue to assist Community Disaster Services by providing logistical, volunteer, and financial support. Over this two weeks we will both work to identify long term needs.

In the following months Portlight Strategies, Inc. will begin to address the needs which have been identified in this initial response. This will allow us to extend our effort from an immediate response to a long term recovery effort which assists rural communities and people with disabilities.



We also received this recently and wanted to pass it along to everyone who has helped support our efforts, including those in Volusia County, Fl.

Hello to all,

I would just like to give you all an update on what is going on with the latest disaster here in Volusia County.
VIND has finally completed the tarping and mud-outs. Right now we are still waiting for the residents to make applications to FEMA and the County/City for assistance. VIND is also helping them with appeals and referrals, our long-term assistance with rebuild will take place once all of their other sources of assistance have been exhausted.
As VIND, our rebuild coordinator has returned to working on the homes of hurricane and tropical storm FAY clients. If you or your volunteers have time to help with putting on a new roof ( taking off the shingles, replacing decking and shingles) please give me a call so I can schedule your group, at this time I am scheduling groups through June of next year.
To those of you who have already assisted VIND in the past to help in our County THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.
Wherever you are led to serve know that we appreciate your Hearts, Hands, & Willingness to help those in need.

Laurie Hardin
Case Management Supervisor / Volunteer Coordinator
Volusia Interfaith/Agencies Networking in Disaster



As we move forward we continue to work towards increasing our financial reserve. No matter the results of the 2009 Hurricane season there are certain to be disasters during 2009 which leave forgotten people in need of aid. Our ability to respond to these people and communities is only governed by supporters like yourself. This year we have already responded to the Myrtle Beach wildfires and the Volusia County, Fl flooding. So please consider making a contribution before the next disaster hits!

Portlight Strategies, Inc. has already had several successful fundraisers this year and we have more in the works! The next events will take place in Kansas City, Ks, Charleston, SC, and Jacksonville, Fl ans Savannah, GA. If you are in one of these areas and are interested in assisting with the coordination of these events please contact paul@portlight.org. If you are not in one of these areas, but are interested in putting a committee together to organize an event please let us know. The events are a lot of fun and will help support our disaster relief efforts.

As we move forward we want to make sure that we express our gratitude to everyone that has or will support our efforts! We look forward to being able to provide post disaster aid to forgotten communities and people with disabilities largely due to the support of generous people like yourself!

We have chosen to close this blog to comments for the time being. Monitoring the blog and responding to the minority on a weekly basis has become time consuming and counter productive. We will open the blog for comments during any active disaster response. Currently our time is better spent furthering the mission.




This is the banner for the Portlight Relief Events. Many thanks to the Weather Underground for stepping up to the plate as the national sponsor of these events. View the press release.

You can also find us on Facebook now! Please become a fan of our page, and join our cause as well.

Updated: 4:39 PM GMT on July 28, 2009

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Initial Hurricane Response Plan

By: Portlight, 1:30 PM GMT on July 22, 2009





Initial Hurricane Response Plan

Portlight Strategies, Inc., is pleased to announce we will be working with Community Disaster Services in order to improve our ability to respond to rural and under served communities facing post-disaster situations. Community Disaster Services is a small grassroots organization which focuses on establishing field kitchens in outlying communities. Our cooperative efforts will allow us to more effectively provide for unserved, under served and forgotten people in post disaster situations.

In a hypothetical Cat 4 hurricane making landfall in Tampa Bay our joint response would look similar to this...

Prior to the storms landfall Portlight Strategies, Inc. will provide financial assistance and logistical support to Community Disaster Services as they ready the field kitchens for deployment. During this time both organizations will also be working to identify the rural, outlying, and forgotten communities that will need immediate assistance.

Shortly after landfall the field kitchens will arrive on scene and begin serving up to 1000 meals a day. The immediate focus will be on providing meals and identifying needs.

During the next two weeks this will remain the focus of both organizations. Portlight Strategies, Inc will continue to assist Community Disaster Services by providing logistical, volunteer, and financial support. Over this two weeks we will both work to identify long term needs.

In the following months Portlight Strategies, Inc. will begin to address the needs which have been identified in this initial response. This will allow us to extend our effort from an immediate response to a long term recovery effort which assists rural communities and people with disabilities.

We will have a big announcement and more on this co-operative effort on Monday!



We also received this recently and wanted to pass it along to everyone who has helped support our efforts, including those in Volusia County, Fl.

Hello to all,

I would just like to give you all an update on what is going on with the latest disaster here in Volusia County.
VIND has finally completed the tarping and mud-outs. Right now we are still waiting for the residents to make applications to FEMA and the County/City for assistance. VIND is also helping them with appeals and referrals, our long-term assistance with rebuild will take place once all of their other sources of assistance have been exhausted.
As VIND, our rebuild coordinator has returned to working on the homes of hurricane and tropical storm FAY clients. If you or your volunteers have time to help with putting on a new roof ( taking off the shingles, replacing decking and shingles) please give me a call so I can schedule your group, at this time I am scheduling groups through June of next year.
To those of you who have already assisted VIND in the past to help in our County THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.
Wherever you are led to serve know that we appreciate your Hearts, Hands, & Willingness to help those in need.

Laurie Hardin
Case Management Supervisor / Volunteer Coordinator
Volusia Interfaith/Agencies Networking in Disaster



As we move forward we continue to work towards increasing our financial reserve. No matter the results of the 2009 Hurricane season there are certain to be disasters during 2009 which leave forgotten people in need of aid. Our ability to respond to these people and communities is only governed by supporters like yourself. This year we have already responded to the Myrtle Beach wildfires and the Volusia County, Fl flooding. So please consider making a contribution before the next disaster hits!

Portlight Strategies, Inc. has already had several successful fundraisers this year and we have more in the works! The next events will take place in Kansas City, Ks, Charleston, SC, and Jacksonville, Fl ans Savannah, GA. If you are in one of these areas and are interested in assisting with the coordination of these events please contact paul@portlight.org. If you are not in one of these areas, but are interested in putting a committee together to organize an event please let us know. The events are a lot of fun and will help support our disaster relief efforts.

As we move forward we want to make sure that we express our gratitude to everyone that has or will support our efforts! We look forward to being able to provide post disaster aid to forgotten communities and people with disabilities largely due to the support of generous people like yourself!

We have chosen to close this blog to comments for the time being. Monitoring the blog and responding to the minority on a weekly basis has become time consuming and counter productive. We will open the blog for comments during any active disaster response. Currently our time is better spent furthering the mission.




This is the banner for the Portlight Relief Events. Many thanks to the Weather Underground for stepping up to the plate as the national sponsor of these events. View the press release.

You can also find us on Facebook now! Please become a fan of our page, and join our cause as well.

Updated: 1:29 AM GMT on July 24, 2009

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T-Shirt Update & Moving Forward

By: Portlight, 10:10 PM GMT on July 15, 2009





The 2009 Limited Edition Portlight-WU T-shirt sales have just wrapped up and the shirts are currently being printed. The shirt sales were a great success and we know that everyone that purchased one will enjoy sporting these one of a kind shirts. The 100% cotton shirts will begin shipping on August 1st. For those of you that did purchase shirts we would be thrilled to have pictures of you wearing it so we can post them in the blog.

As we move forward we continue to work towards increasing our financial reserve. No matter the results of the 2009 Hurricane season there are certain to be disasters during 2009 which leave forgotten people in need of aid. Our ability to respond to these people and communities is only governed by supporters like yourself. This year we have already responded to the Myrtle Beach wildfires and the Volusia County, Fl flooding. So please consider making a contribution before the next disaster hits!

Portlight Strategies, Inc. has already had several successful fundraisers this year and we have more in the works! The next events will take place in Kansas City, Ks, Charleston, SC, and Jacksonville Fl. If you are in one of these areas and are interested in assisting with the coordination of these events please contact paul@portlight.org. If you are not in one of these areas, but are interested in putting a committee together to organize an event please let us know. The events are a lot of fun and will help support our disaster relief efforts.

As we move forward we want to make sure that we express our gratitude to everyone that has or will support our efforts! We look forward to being able to provide post disaster aid to forgotten communities and people with disabilities largely due to the support of generous people like yourself!

We have chosen to close this blog to comments for the time being. Monitoring the blog and responding to the minority on a weekly basis has become time consuming and counter productive. We will open the blog for comments during any active disaster response. Currently our time is better spent furthering the mission.




This is the banner for the Portlight Relief Events. Many thanks to the Weather Underground for stepping up to the plate as the national sponsor of these events. View the press release.

You can also find us on Facebook now! Please become a fan of our page, and join our cause as well.

Updated: 11:44 PM GMT on July 15, 2009

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Q2 Update

By: Portlight, 12:38 PM GMT on July 13, 2009





We have chosen to close this blog to comments for the time being. Monitoring the blog and responding to the minority on a weekly basis has become time consuming and counter productive. We will open the blog for comments during any active disaster response. Currently our time is better spent furthering the mission.

Beginning balance: $8154.00

Income:

$6020.00

Expenditures:

$168.00 - mailing/shipping

$386.00 - conference calls

$450.00 - event hard costs (sound system, tent, tables, power source, security, etc.)

$300.00 - streaming video / chat

$685.00 - T-shirts (artwork, printing, shipping)

$3800.00 - SC Wildfire response - (vehicle rental, supplies, food for victims)

$1800.00 - Volusia response - some supplies, financial assistance to victims and service organizations

Total: $7589.00


Ending balance: $6585.00





This is the banner for the Portlight Relief Events. Many thanks to the Weather Underground for stepping up to the plate as the national sponsor of these events. View the press release.

You can also find us on Facebook now! Please become a fan of our page, and join our cause as well.

Updated: 12:43 PM GMT on July 13, 2009

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