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Disaster Relief

Disaster Relief

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Keep updated on current disasters and the relief efforts that Southern Baptist are responding to. Go to the official North American Mission Board Disaster Relief website.

Purpose:
To provide help to victims of natural and man-made disasters, such as floods, earthquakes, hurricanes tornadoes, fires, and terrorist attacks in North America and overseas.

Affiliation:
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is a ministry of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Resources:
More than 600 mobile units (feeding, chainsaw, mud-out, command, communication, child care, shower, laundry, water purification). More than 30,000 trained volunteers, including chaplains.

Partnerships:
American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Mercy Medical Airlift, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, International Mission Boad, Southern Baptist Convention

Organization:
Disaster relief units are owned and staffed by Southern Baptist churches regional Baptist Associations, and state Baptist Conventions. Volunteer teams respond to disasters within their own state and work cooperatively with other states in larger emergencies. Teams also work overseas when the International Mission Board requests help.

History:
The first Southern Baptist Disaster Relief response can be traced to 1967 when a small group0 of Texas volunteers helped victims of Hurricane Beulah by serving hot food cooked on small "buddy burners". In 2004, Southern Baptist Volunteers responded to 193 named disasters, prepaed 3,500,596 meals repaired 2,683 homes, and removed debris from 10,704 yards. All assistance is provided to individuals and communities free of charge.

If anyone is interested in being trained in becoming a Disaster Relief Volunteer, please contact Sam Stanton, State Coordinator at 775-423-3590.