"We're always on call,"
At the scene of the fire, broken glass littered the front porch, along with a hairspray bottle and baby hangers. The front door was cracked open and read "Welcome. Dust off yer boots." The living room, with pieces of soggy drywall fallen everywhere and floorboards buckling, was the "least of the damage," Tera said. The roof was missing in some areas and singed blinds hung from a bathroom window.
"We provided for their immediate needs," Rodriguez said. "That gives them time to work with their insurance company and make their plans."
During a time of natural disaster, people are quick to volunteer to help, but being a
"That's our biggest thing is trained volunteers," Rodriguez said. "All year long we're looking for volunteers, so we can train them and be ready. They can't do emergency operations if they haven't been trained."
Training ensures a volunteer will be ready and able to help in a widespread disaster like a hurricane or a local disaster like a house fire.
On Saturday after the fire, the second story of their home reignited and the fire department put out the flames, contending with a floor that had caved in some areas and areas that weren't safe to enter. The home was deemed a total loss.
Since the fire, Tera and Mark have contacted their insurance company and are now hoping to move into a rental house by the end of the week. Volunteers at
"They came and brought little bags with stuff in it for my kids, little stuffed animals just to make them feel better," Tera said, adding that their kids are coping well. "They are really resilient and of course, they think about little things that kids thing about, like a favorite toy or favorite shirt."
For the most part, the family is trying to return to a sense of normalcy.
"Right now, we're trying to keep our lives as normal as possible," Tera said. "It's just kind of a crazy time."
The family's biggest obstacle has been getting their daughters from the hotel to school and back, since their other vehicle broke down about a month before the fire. Still, the Wilson's are grateful.
"We have a few things we lost that it's hard to think about," Tera said. "We are very humble and grateful for everything people are doing for us."
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