Word has reached the Central Texas Conference Service Center that many across the conference are wanting to know how they can help assist (beyond just continuing prayers and making donations to UMCOR) in the efforts to clean up after the wildfires that have ravaged the Central Texas communities in and around Bastrop, Texas. According to Rev. Laraine Waughtal, CTC disaster response coordinator and pastor at Bluff Dale & Morgan Mill UMC, currently only ERT-trained personnel are allowed into the work areas of the Bastrop fires at this time. The conditions are still very hazardous, and as such, they can only use those officially trained Early Response Teams. However, given the need for help, they will accept anyone who has been trained in ERT in the last five years instead of the standard three-year limit on training.