Disaster Relief Update
- Sunday, September 14, 2008
"I will say of the LORD, 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. (Psalm 91:2)"
Southern Baptists Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers continue to serve in the wake of Hurricane Ike's destruction that has led to the displacement of thousands living in the Texas coastal region. Baptists are already preparing hot meals in three locations—Marshall, Bryan and Kelly Field Annex.
More than 100 additional SBDR units are on their way to Texas, waiting for location assignments to be identified today and Monday.
"We're working with the state conventions in Texas and with our national partners to identify sites," said Mickey Caison, director of SBDR operations in Alpharetta, Ga. "We are looking at damage assessment reports coming from the state and counties to find viable areas where we can set up."
SBDR is working with American Red Cross officials to establish two "mega" feeding sites near Houston—one in League, the other in Baytown. Both sites will include four SBDR feeding units and will prepare up to 80,000 hot meals a day.
Caison said SBC DR feeding teams are committed to serve 250,000 meals a day for The American Red Cross and another 160,000 meals a day for The Salvation Army -- for a total commitment of 410,000 meals per day.
State units activated, en route, staging or on-site in Texas include:
While attention has shifted to Hurricane Ike, disaster relief volunteers are still doing a mammoth job in Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Gustav. See Gustav statistics below.
Volunteer Days ..........8,109
Meals Prepared........... 983,452
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 firstname.lastname@example.org