Watching Hurricane Harvey
Update: Friday, August 25 – We have been asked to place our Feeding Units (mobile kitchens and feeding volunteers) on ALERT – prepare to respond in Texas. Volunteers will be needed to staff these units at capacity for at least two weeks from the date of deployment.
Also, Recovery Units (chainsaw, mud-out, assessment units and volunteers) are asked to be on STANDBY for possible deployment.
Mickey Caison, Disaster Relief Director for the North American Mission Board (NAMB), says “Like you, we are watching Hurricane Harvey very closely. We are in communication with DR leadership of both state conventions in Texas. They are working with Texas Emergency Management and partners in planning an appropriate response.”
Caison further explained, “We do not expect to be able to send equipment and personnel into the affected communities until the Texas Conventions receive permission from the state emergency management leadership. However, having our volunteers and equipment on STANDBY will help Southern Baptists serve those affected with the appropriate response as quickly as conditions and local law enforcement allow.”
Original Post, 8/24/17: Fifty years ago, in September of 1967, Hurricane Beulah ravaged the Texas coast (see photo) as a Category 3 hurricane, and Texas Baptists organized to provide help to survivors. Out of that storm, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief was born.
Now, Hurricane Harvey is taking an eerily similar path toward that same Texas coast, expected to hit as a major Cat 3 hurricane. Please pray for those in the path, for those evacuating, and for those preparing to give aid.
As with Beulah, this current hurricane is expected to cause significant damage on the coast from storm surge and wind, and rain is expected to cause major flooding far inland.