MSC Early Response Teams Step Up in the Aftermath of Montana Floods

July 14, 2022
Photos courtesy Jim Robison-Cox

Fromberg, MT is a small town along the Clark's Fork of the Yellowstone River which was hit hard by floods on June 12, 2022.  The flood's effects were felt from Gardiner, MT  (the North entrance to Yellowstone Park) to Red Lodge, MT at the bottom of the Beartooth Highway (a route to the NE entrance to Yellowstone), and even further east to Fromberg.  A Mountain Sky Early Response Team stepped up to help in Fromberg. They have worked at a dozen homes to muck out, remove drywall, and clean up debris.  The affected towns will soon move into recovery stage and may need help from UMVIM teams to rebuild. (Stay tuned).

This disaster and the Marshall fire in Boulder (January of this year) demonstrate the value of having trained Early Response Team members across the conference who can help with the hard work of clean up right after fire or flood AND know how to interact with people who are feeling great loss.  Thanks to the 10 people who responded to this need. We also thank Roberts UMC and First UMC Billings for hosting the teams. If you want to schedule an ERT training for your area, contact Jim Robison-Cox, ERT Coordinator. 

submitted by Jim Robison-Cox, Mountain Sky Conference ERT Coordinator