Updated 9/18/21: South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) units are participating in the Hurricane Ida response in Louisiana and Pennsylvania. (New info since the last update is in Bold.)
Louisiana: we have been assigned to Belle Chasse, a town on the south side of New Orleans. The Belle Chasse site is being run by Alabama DR, with SC DR partnering to send chainsaw units. Although set-up of feeding and recovery operations was delayed as infrastructure and general conditions deteriorated in the damaged areas, the Baptist DR sites are now up and running.
SC's first chainsaw unit deployed on Labor Day. Additional units are scheduled for the next several weeks. The work in the Belle Chasse area includes a lot of tarping, plus some chainsaw and perhaps mud-out.
A 5-person cooking team from Macedonia Baptist Church in Jefferson, SC is serving in Belle Chasse 9/18-24 to feed the volunteers being housed at the site.
SC is also sending 6 mass feeding volunteers to serve in Houma, Louisiana. Our group will join with volunteers from Alabama and Tennessee to cook 6,000 meals per day for the Sept. 20-27 deployment.
Pennsylvania: We are sending DR units to Horsham, PA, one of the flooded areas near Philadelphia, over the next several weeks. SC sent a small advance team of assessor/chaplains to the site, and now mud-out and chainsaw teams are serving. In addition to the floods, the area was hit by an EF3 tornado.
Our mud-out team and cooks that served at a separate site in Philadelphia working alongside Kentucky Disaster Relief units has now returned home.
Additional chainsaw and mud-out units are needed ASAP! Volunteers should contact their Unit Leader about their availability. Unit Leaders should contact the DOC (Disaster Operations Center) at the SC Baptist Convention with the dates your unit can go. Volunteers not connected to a unit but available to go should contact Sue, email@example.com.
Those unable to go can pray and give:
- For volunteers to be available
- For teams to work together well
- For opportunities to share the Gospel
- For safety in travel and work
- For protection from COVID
- For wisdom for DR leaders making plans & decisions
- For relief from the heat and humidity for those living and serving in LA
- For power and other infrastructure to be restored
Donations to support DR efforts can be made at www.scbaptist.org/dr/give.
A note about COVID-19 precautions for DR volunteers:
Volunteers will likely be asked to have temperature checks each morning and wear masks or face coverings while indoors at command posts/housing sites except when eating or sleeping. Those who are unable or unwilling to comply are asked not to deploy until the pandemic has passed.