Building Sheds for Disaster Victims
Sheds of Hope Teams have built over 80 Sheds of Hope in and around the Oklahoma City area for tornado victims. Another 200+ are on the waiting list. Here’s a way that your group can help, whether it’s in Oklahoma or your own community.
Any Size Group or Church Can Help
ChurchGPS is providing a free plan to help groups in North Texas and Oklahoma pre-build panels for sheds that can be assembled by teams at the disaster site. The plan will enable you to cut, prepare, and assemble 2, 4, or 6 sheds at a time, depending on how many helpers you can gather. A church parking lot is an ideal location for doing the work. Just build and flat-stack the panels for each shed.
A material list is provided and the church or group can order these materials from their local lumber yards. The idea is to build the sections, floor, walls and roof trusses. These can be shipped flat to OK and assembled on site. You can arrange for Sheds of Hope to pick up and transport the pre-built panels to the site, where volunteers will assemble them on the homeowner’s property.
At the moment, we are focusing on Oklahoma, but these plans can be used anywhere.
Step 1. Download a Free PDF Shed Kit instructions from ChurchGPS. This will provide you with…
- The material order list for 2, 4 or 6 sheds
- Instructions on how to build your shed at your church
- Instructions on how to set up the shed at the site
Step 2. Have a fund raiser for the sheds (allow)
- Material for 2 Sheds allow $1,200 + $250 for pick-up and delivery – total $1,450
- Material for 4 Sheds allow $2,300 + $350 for pick-up and delivery – total $2,650
- Material for 6 Sheds allow $3,200 + $450 for pick-up and delivery – total $3,650 – This is a full trailer load.
Step 3. Arrange a work day at the church. 10 to 20 people who know what they are doing could build 4 to 6 sheds in a day. Don’t try and do too much in one day.
Organize Teams of 5 to 7 People for Each Shed
- 1 person to help organize the material during cutting and measuring
- 1 person to do the cutting (measure twice cut once.) This should only be done by someone who knows what they are doing – This is NOT a training day to help people learn how to use a chop saw!!!!!!
- 1 reading out the instructions for the people putting the parts together (a seat with an umbrella and cold drink would also be needed for this person)
- 3 or 4 building the parts for each shed
Tools Needed That Can Be Shared by All Teams
- 1 chop saw (you could set up and share this for all the teams). Remember: This should only be used by someone who knows what they are doing – This is NOT a training day to help people learn how to use a chop saw!!!!!!
- 1 skill saw (at least one for all the teams to share) This should only be used by someone who know what they are doing – This is NOT a training day to help people learn how to use a skill saw!!!!!!
Tools Needed Per Team
- Everyone have their own tape measure and pencil
- 4 drills with battery chargers and a #2 driver bit
- 2 hand squares
- 2 hammers
- Chalk line
Free PDF instructions for building the sheds ChurchGPS.org Shed Instructions – a work in progress 🙂 Check back for new version updates before you get ready to build.
How could you or your church help people affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma?
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