Update for Monday, January 14, 2019
Tomorrow will mark one month since the fire and things are moving forward.
Cleaning of both the lower and upper fellowship halls is in progress. The floor tiles have been removed from both areas, as have the vinyl treads on all the stairs. The ceiling tiles in the lower fellowship hall have also been removed, and crews are set to begin cleaning the walls in the lower fellowship hall.
The crews are building scaffolding in the sanctuary and have been covered the pews with plastic so that they can begin cleaning the wooden ceiling slats. Once the sanctuary ceiling and walls are cleaned, the next step will be cleaning the pews and the floor tiles. Although the deodorization process and the manufactured air that is being pumped in have helped tremendously, the air quality will continue to be unhealthy until the pews, walls and tiles have all been cleaned.
Please continue to work on your inventory lists. In conjunction with the lists, we have some good news and some less than good news (not bad, just less than good). The cataloging of the damage by the insurance adjuster is ahead of schedule. However, because smoke is considered an environmental toxin, personnel from the Environmental Protection Agency had to be brought in for the assessment process. In some cases, they will determine what items can be kept and what must be thrown out. And, unfortunately, there are a few areas in which everything in that area is a total loss and no walk-throughs will be necessary; Deacon Yancy will be speaking with those individuals one-on-one.
This is going be a long, slow process but please be patient. The Bible tells us to “Be always humble, gentle, and patient. Show your love by being tolerant with one another.” (Ephesians 4:2) We will get through this!
NBMBC Communications Committee UPDATE FOR MONDAY, 1/7/2019:
The deodorization process has been completed and the air quality in the building is noticeably improved.
Temporary doors have been installed at all access points between the sanctuary building and the fellowship halls and those doors are being kept locked for the time being.
There is still only temporary electrical service in the sanctuary for the purpose of clean up. No other area has electrical service. There is also no water or heat in the building.
A temporary roof has been constructed above the kitchen where the roof collapsed. The engineers are evaluating the temporary roof to determine whether it is structurally sound enough to be the permanent roof.
Cleaning the sanctuary and making it usable again will be a long and slow process, but they are making progress.
We were initially advised that it could take two to three months before we are able to use our sanctuary; we have not been given an updated time frame, so we can assume that time frame remains as is. And even though there has been some progress, please be advised that we are still not allowed in the building.
The Pastor is asking all auxiliary leaders and teachers to prepare an inventory, to the best of your recollection, of those items in your rooms, closets, storage areas or classrooms so that we can maintain a good inventory of what each person had and we have a list of items that have been damaged or destroyed to present to the insurance adjuster. Please give your lists to Deacon Yancy and once we are able to access those classrooms and storage areas, you can arrange a time with Dec. Yancy to do a walk-through of your area so that a more comprehensive list of the room’s contents can be prepared. Since there is still no power in the building, times to do walk-throughs will be limited but Dec. Yancy will do his best to accommodate everyone. Please make sure the lists you prepare are clearly written (printed preferably) with the estimated value of each item and the approximate age of each item.
Finally, if anyone has any pictures of the kitchen before the fire, please let Dea. Yancy know. If you’re willing to share them, they could be very helpful for insurance purposes.
NBMBC Communications Committee
Update for Monday, January 14, 2019