SC Baptist Disaster Relief: Situation Report

 In Disaster Relief, Frontpage

Updated 9/16/17 (new information as of today is in bold type):

Hurricane Harvey

  • Feeding – a team led by John/Joye Bailey is traveling today to Houston’s Clay Rd. Baptist Church to replace teams from other states that have been cooking there. SC plans to continue sending replacement teams for two weeks. Any DR volunteer who is available may join a team, even if you are not feeding-trained. Contact Robert Causey to sign up for one of these dates: Sept. 20-26, Sept. 23-29, or Sept. 26-Oct.2.
  • Mud-Out – The Charleston Assn/Ashley River Baptist Church Mud-out Unit deployed 9/14 to Houston with one Unit Leader to serve as crew chief for groups of untrained volunteers being brought in by the North American Mission Board’s SEND RELIEF initiative. Any SC mud-out units that are able to give 7-8 days are urged to contact the state office about deploying to TX.
  • Child Care- SC volunteers that provided child care at the Dallas mega-shelter have now returned home.

Hurricane Irma

Chainsaw & Mud-Out Deployed:

  • Reedy River Assn/Bethel Baptist Church (Prosperity) Chainsaw – deployed 9/15 to Lake Yale, FL
  • Piedmont Assn/Mt. Airy Baptist Church Chainsaw – deployed 9/16 to Lake Yale, FL
  • Pickens-Twelve Mile Assn chainsaw unit – local jobs 9/12-9/13
  • Okatee Heavy Equipmt unit – local job 9/16

Chainsaw & Mud-Out Activated or Standing By:

  • Laurens Assn Chainsaw & Mud-Out – deploying 9/17 to Hibernia, FL
  • York Assn Mud-Out – tentatively scheduled to deploy 9/19
  • Chesterfield Assn Chainsaw (9/25)
  • Edgefield Assn Chainsaw or Mud-out (9/25)
  • York Assn/Hillcrest Baptist Church Mud-out (10/1)
  • Beaverdam Association Chainsaw
  • Screven Assn/Crossroads Community Church (Summerville) Chainsaw
  • Pee Dee Association Chainsaw
  • Florence Assn Chainsaw
  • Saluda Assn Chainsaw
  • Screven Assn/Summerville Baptist Church Chainsaw

Shower/Laundry:

  • The Southeast Association shower unit continues to serve in Ridgeland at the housing site for first responders in Jasper County.
  • The Ridge Association shower unit has returned home after serving at the evacuation shelter in Columbia. That shelter closed 9/12/17.
  • The Saluda Association shower unit deployed Tuesday 9/12 through Thurs. 9/14 to the Anderson Civic Center, where employees of Duke Power were being housed as they work to restore power in the upstate.
  • Other shower/laundry units are standing by, waiting for Florida or Georgia to assign locations. Units that report being ready to roll are Ridge Assn unit, Barnwell First Baptist unit, Saluda Assn/Shady Grove Baptist Church unit, Three Rivers Assn. unit, and York Assn. unit.

Other:

  •  Three SC Incident Management Team (IMT) members – deployed  9/16 to Hibernia FL
  • DR leaders, including the Director of Missions, in the Aiken Association helped to set up and run 8 “community-run” shelters in the Aiken area. All needs were met and those shelters were closed at noon 9/12.

Donations:

  • At this time it is too soon to have any word from affected areas regarding the need for donated supplies. SC DR is not able to coordinate the collection and transport of donated goods.
  • Florida DR is working to gather information on collection/distribution sites for donated items, but those that want to help by donating are urged to consider giving financially, as the logistics of  receiving, sorting, storing, and distributing donated goods are daunting to the receiving organizations.
  • Churches or individuals may give at www.scbaptist.org – look for the “donate” button in the blue watery photo at the top of the page. 100% of donations will go to the efforts in the designated hurricane area.
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