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We are providing support to those affected by the recently flooding in western germany through manual clean up labour and supply distribution.
We have created this page to give a brief overview and answer any questions you may have for those of you whod like to volunteer and join our operation.
What do i need to bring?
If you want to help please read this very carefully before joining in the WhatsApp group.
- We DO NOT need tools/supplies at the moment
- Bring lunch/drinks, boots, gloves & fresh clothes
- If you have personal ppf such as goggles or a respirator mask it is not a bad idea
- A high vis vest is not required but not a terrible idea
- Sunscreen if you are the type that burns easily
- Rubber boots and water proof pants are key
- WATER, we need to stay hydrated
Do not bring clothes, diapers, personal hygiene items or food to apex for donation. These items are of no use to our operations and ultimately we have to get rid of them somehow! Even the main collection points are turning much of this away. Water is a big item and if you want to donate that we can most likely take these into town with us each day to the town center. Supply chains are becoming well established!
- Daily departure times will be announced in the main whatsapp group latest the day prior to our workday
- We meet at apex nurburg in the morning, and are back before 19:00
Dinner is on us or our friends/sponsors
FAQ frequently asked questions
How can my professional experience be used to help?
Just bring yourself and your will to work. Most of our team is a professional in some area or another, the one thing in common we are all good at carrying a bucket of mud! Of course you can let us know your background but at the moment even medical teams are nowhere near being overworked!
I have 30,000 masks where should i put them?
If you’d like to bring additional equipment for yourself that is not on our list then please do so, whether it be an orange vest, a ventilator mask etc. Please don’t bring items that you think others may need without prior confirmation. At this point we are overloaded with supplies and if we need something one of the admins in the group will ask for prior it in the whatsapp groups. If you have access to something that you think we can use mention it in the group tagging one of the admins and we can start a dialogue.
I have an an off-road vehicle or trailer that we could use…
It may seem like we are running a simple operation and that is by design! We have to be efficient, low impact and easy to move. We have 1 van, 1 open bed transporter and 1 9 person transporter that we use for in town operations. More than this gets nearly impossible to park and use in these small towns. We need to get in and out with basic tools and that is it!
I’m running 30 minutes late, can you wait?
Unfortunately not, it’s essential that we leave our base at the allocated time in order to be allowed access into the towns before they get too busy. If in doubt set off extra early to Apex. There are many closed roads around the area. Ask in the whatsapp group the day before you arrive. Our crew there is very knowledgeable about the area and will be able to give good guidance. If you are running late you can drop a message in the days group and we will try to find you a spot to park nearby and guide you in on foot. If we wait 15 minutes for one person we run the risk of 30 not getting into town for that day!
Where do i park?
Please don’t park on the driveway at Apex, whether it’s at the beginning or the end of the day. We need to keep it clear for access reason. Please park behind the apex barn.
Join the WhatsApp group
We are communicating via two separate whatsapp groups whilst working with the locals on this flood relief operation. Important: sharing and storing of our personal numbers is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. We are trusting you guys to not share this private information with anyone!
- Eifel Flood Helpers (EFH)
This is the general group for anyone who is wanted to help with our team. Please ONLY join this group if you have a date where you will be working. We do not want to get to a point where we have to delete members as there is only a 250 person limit in WhatsApp! Join only if you can work. Note: If you join the group you are consenting to us having your number and contacting you!
Click here to join EFH – https://chat.whatsapp.com/FuEt7qvzO6L777NHANiRpj
- Eifel Flood Helpers TODAY
This group is for those working on site on that current day, designed for providing information and updates for the different teams. Please only join this group if you are on site that day and leave it once youre finished. Its nothing personal, we need to keep our daily comms channels as clean as possible for organisation.
Click here to join EFH TODAY – https://chat.whatsapp.com/CDrdKKe8YzuBDc5xcuDKMf
Not able to be on site in person but still want to help?
No problem! You can help us greatly by sending any donations to our dedicated bank account:
Any amount is gladly received and will be used directly to keep our operation running to help those in desperate need. You can also donate through paypal via the link below