Sunday, August 31, 2008

Hurricane Disaster Relief this week

Here's the latest disaster relief info from the SBC. If you are qualified to help, start making preparations to go now in case they need folks to volunteer. If you're not qualified, find out how to get trained so that you're for the next Katrina or 9-11.

If you're not part of a Southern Baptist Church, contact one and find out how you can help or contact your own denominational leaders.


Hurricane Gustav Preparation

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for your calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and
I will listen to you." ( Jeremiah 29: 11-12 NAS)

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) is developing plans in cooperation with the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Department of Homeland Security (FEMA) and state Baptist conventions in Hurricane Gustav’s projected path. SBDR has been requested to provide a feeding capacity of more than 600,000 meals per day as the Gulf Coast braces for the arrival of a possible Category 4 Gustav.

The Disaster Operation Center located at the North American Mission Board has been activated at a Level III status. Operational hours through the Labor Day holiday are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Hours of operation and staffing levels will be evaluated on a daily basic.

All Southern Baptist feeding units are on Alert! With the exception of the Illinois and Minnesota/Wisconsin Baptist Convention feeding units, on standby to support the Republican National Convention, feeding units are asked to be prepared for a possible response to the gulf coast. All units are expected to deploy with Disaster Relief Chaplains as members of their volunteer teams.

Conference calls are being conducted with Southern Baptist state convention Disaster Relief directors. Planning continues to develop and the hurricane track is being monitored.

State conventions expected to be affected are planning to staff liaison positions at the American Red Cross and Salvation Army operational headquarters in their states. Liaisons are also deployed to command centers in Washington, D.C. to coordinate with the American Red Cross and FEMA. Incident Command Team members have been recruited and are expected to deploy to staging areas in Louisiana and Mississippi over the next two days.

Plans are in place to stage feeding units and other units, from a number of states, in northern Mississippi and Alabama by noon Monday. Tuesday these units will be moved into the affected area. Some states located close to Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas will be asked to be prepared to deploy from their home as soon as conditions are favorable.

Southern Baptists are also tracking Tropical Storm Hanna. The Southern Baptist state convention Disaster Relief directors located on the southeastern United States coastline are monitoring Hanna’s track and developing contingency plans for a possible landfall on the east coast or gulf coast later in the week.

For more information click here.
National Disaster Relief Leadership

* Terry Henderson, National Disaster Relief Director
* Mickey Caison, Disaster Operation Center Manager
* To contact the Disaster Operations Center, call 1 888 462-8657 or e-mail dr_offsite@namb.net.