Hurricane Harvey Update

Hurricane Harvey Update

CSBC DR mass feeding team activated for Texas

Sept. 9—California Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief has been activated for mass feeding in Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey, according to Mike Bivins, CSBC DR coordinator.

As Hurricane Irma closes in on Florida, Bivins said, “our Southern Baptist Disaster Relief partner states in the south are realigning resources that were headed to Texas and directing them to the southeast toward Georgia and Florida.”

With the “one-two punch of these devastating hurricanes,” Bivins noted, “our prayers are needed more than ever for the residents of Texas and Louisiana as they attempt to recover and for Florida and Georgia who find themselves in the direct path of Irma.”

With more teams activated, Bivins also stressed CSBC's need for donations to fund DR efforts.

Donations can be made online. Gifts also may be mailed to CSBC, 678 E Shaw Ave., Fresno CA 93710-7704 and designated for Disaster Relief.

He said mass feeding volunteers, would join the cleanup and mud-out volunteers activated earlier. Bivins said chaplains and administrative assistant are needed for all teams.

How to volunteer

To volunteer for Texas deployment, send an email to dr2deploy@gmail.com or call 916.693.3428 with:

  • Your full name,
  • Your contact information,
  • Your preferred deployment date(s)
  • Your church

If there is a church group willing to deploy, DR needs to know how many are in the group (total males and females).

Deployment dates

California Southern Baptists are recruiting individuals and teams to serve two-week stints. Bivins said teams would deploy on Saturdays, continuing through October. The current schedule is:

  • September 9 – September 23
  • September 16 – September 30
  • September 23 – October 7
  • September 30 – October 14
  • October 7 – October 21
  • October 14 – October 28

Bivins reports, “Our plan is to try to fill these openings with as many trained DR volunteers as possible who can commit to a total of two weeks. The need is great and to get more people activated some allowances will be made for volunteers who are not currently certified with CSBCDR.

He noted that all volunteers should be aware if the following:

  • The two week deployment includes four to six travel days (since travel to Texas takes two to three days by car), at least six work days and a day or two of rest.
  • Accommodations are “DR” style meaning:
    • sleeping is on the floor of a Sunday School room,
    • meals are prepared in a DR kitchen and
    • showers are in a DR trailer.
  • The conditions in Texas can be hot and humid.
  • Cleanup work involves heavy lifting and possibly wet, moldy conditions.
  • Proper clothing and footwear is required.

Travel expenses are the responsibility of the volunteer. Preapproved expenditures with proper documentation will be reimbursed by CSBC.

Prayers and Donations Needed

He reiterated that the most important thing for California Southern Baptists to do now is pray for victims and relief efforts and donate to CSBC Disaster Relief. Contributions may be used for the preparation of meals, cleanup of homes, recovery assistance and transportation of equipment for this and future disasters.

Continue to access this web page for up-to-date CSBC DR information. For more articles about Southern Baptist response to Hurricane Harvey, visit Baptist Press.

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