Hurricane Ian Deployments Begin
Units are now deploying or scheduled to deploy to Florida for the Disaster Relief (DR) response to Hurricane Ian. Some South Carolina units will serve in Arcadia, FL at a response site managed by Alabama DR. Other units will be assigned in other places, yet to be determined.
The first ministry needed after a hurricane is mass feeding for residents who are displaced or without electricity. Our mass feeding teams will work with Alabama teams at their mobile kitchen site in Arcadia to help prepare 15,000 meals per day.. This is one of nine Southern Baptist mass feeding sites in southwest Florida, each managed by a different state.
With the vast amounts of tree and wind damage, there is a great need for recovery units: chainsaw, tarping, and mud-out. SC is sending units to Arcadia, but because the housing capacity there is limited, many of our teams will go to other sites to serve. Recovery teams include a chaplain who can minister to the spiritual and emotional needs of the residents as the team works in their yard or home.
The DR volunteers need to eat, so we are providing cooking teams who will prepare meals for the teams serving in Arcadia. These small groups of cooks are separate from the mass feeding teams. Additionally, the DR volunteers will need clothes, aprons, towels, and other items washed, so laundry volunteers are being deployed too.
This ministry is made possible by the generous gifts of SC Baptist churches and individuals through the Cooperative Program, the Janie Chapman Offering for State Missions, and to SC Disaster Relief. Thank you for your continued support through giving and prayer.