Decking the halls is not an option for dozens of Pulaski County families this year because they’re still waiting to get new walls.

Decking the halls is not an option for dozens of Pulaski County families this year because they’re still waiting to get new walls.

Over 50 families are still in the process of recovering from the flooding that took place in August.

In the meantime, the Long-Term Recovery Committee (LTRC), a branch of Community Organization Active in Disaster (COAD), of Pulaski County, continues to prioritize cases in order to provide new walls to those who need them.

With the recent cold weather, the need for reconstruction, especially for those who need insulation and drywall, is self-evident, according to Mike Guiles, COAD construction manager.

There were many donations given to both the COAD account and Good Samaritan Resource Center during August and September, he said.

However, donations have slowed down dramatically in the past few months.

COAD officials estimate that the LTRC/COAD will need over $200,000 to see the process through to its end. To date, the entities involved have received about $75,000.

Some donations the organization have received include 450 sheets of drywall from Convoy of Hope.

The Recovery Warehouse – a non-profit organization in Minot, N.D., that recently concluded recovery efforts from the flooding they experienced two years ago – donated a truck full of construction materials including: 165 packages of insulation, windows, interior doors, drywall screws and other miscellaneous items that filled the entire 18-wheeler.

Convoy of Hope also donated transportation from Minot to Pulaski County for these supplies.

A local businessman, Mike Gerber, is donating warehouse space.

Close to two dozen volunteers are filling positions on the LTRC and COAD, Guiles said.

Volunteers fill the roles of case managers, construction management, volunteer coordinators and elected officers of the board. Volunteers have come from a variety of local organizations including the Waynesville school district and several local congregations.

One of the chairs of the committee is Rev. Bill O’Neal, pastor of Waynesville United Methodist Church.

Disaster specialists from such agencies as the Red Cross, Convoy of Hope, SEMA, UMCOR, the United Methodist Church’s Office of Creative Ministries and other church denominations have been helping local volunteers learn the ropes of disaster recovery. Many of these veterans are active in disaster recovery on the state level and/or were involved in Joplin’s recovery efforts.

The long process of recovery began for residents when they registered with the COAD. The next step was to be assigned a case manager whose job it is to help the residents locate resources available to them and bring their family’s needs to the case management supervisor.

All cases are reviewed in an objective manner by case number, with no names used, before being brought to the LTRC for approval. Once approved, the construction management team and volunteer coordinators schedule the work to be done.

The goal of the process is to make sure every resident is given a fair shake and those who have immediate needs receive help as quickly as possible, Guiles said.

If you would like to donate to help an individual or family get some walls to deck this Christmas, stop by a Security Bank location and let them know you are donating to the Pulaski County COAD account or send a check to Pulaski County COAD, PO Box 4334, Waynesville, MO 65583.