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The Restoration Process

By Tru Pettigrew
Nov. 16, 2012 | Comments

I recently had the privilege of being part of a team of men that volunteered to head to Toms River New Jersey to help out with recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. I commend each of the volunteers that gave of themselves and offered their time and talent to help others in their time of need. I also salute and thank North Carolina Baptist Men for organizing this initiative and allowing us to serve as a part of their disaster relief efforts. The damage that we witnessed while in Toms River was devastating. Many of the residents that live there lost everything. This one home in particular to which our team was assigned, required that we gut-out the entire home. The water damage was so bad that very few items in the home were able to be salvaged, including most of the foundational elements like the sheet rock, the insulation, the flooring, the tiles, the paneling, etc. We had to remove everything out of the home and strip it down to its basic structural components of footings, beams, stem walls, ceiling, plumbing and outer elements. We had to remove all the tiling and flooring in order to get to the floor boards beneath to assess the water damage and determine if it were salvageable. If the floor boards were not completely molded, mildewed or destroyed from the water damage, then we could treat it and allow it to dry and the home could be restored on the existing structure.  ..

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Rescue And Recovery

By Tru Pettigrew
Nov. 01, 2012 | Comments

I want to start by saying that I am thankful and grateful to have survived Hurricane Sandy. I was in Brooklyn when she hit the Tri-State area and my prayers and condolences go out to those that lost loved ones during the storm. I also pray for a quick and speedy recovery for all those that suffered any physical, emotional and material damage. The effects and aftermath that I witnessed while in NY were devastating. As the storm was approaching, I recall following the news and hearing the Governors of New York and New Jersey pleading with residents of certain areas and “zones” throughout their respective states to evacuate. It was the Governor of New Jersey, Governor Christopher Christie, which further resonated with me when he expressed the consequences of people’s actions that would not evacuate. The consequences that he shared were that those that did not evacuate would inevitably need emergency assistance requiring him to deploy Rescue & Recovery teams to help and/or save them, thus jeopardizing the lives of his emergency response teams unnecessarily. He also went on to say that those who chose to stay were on their own as he was not inclined to risk the lives of his emergency response teams for the irresponsible choices of those that did not heed the warnings. ..

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