Important Florence Update

The Sullivan Baptist Association feeding unit, led by Jim Ramey, prepared about 6,000 meals Sept. 19 at First Baptist Church in Kinston, N.C. The meals were distributed by Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles to victims of Hurricane Florence.

DOM’s, Team Leaders and Secretaries,

I want to thank everyone for their patience as Florence came in and stayed longer than we would have liked her to.  It is hard to believe that well over a week after the storm made landfall, that the water in many areas is still rising and is predicted to do so for another day or two making some areas inaccessible.

Here are the current needs…

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Florence Update

DOM’s, Team Leaders and Secretaries,

I just wanted to give everyone a quick update on what is happening and where we are at.

Currently we have the Sullivan Baptist Association feeding unit on standby.  On the phone call this afternoon, they are trying to get permission to activate 4 more feeding units, but ARC must get approval for these sites.  We do not know if we will be one of those additional units they will ask to come in. Continue reading

Please Pray for Those Affected by Hurricane Florence

Randy C. Davis

Dear Tennessee Baptists,

As I write this letter, Hurricane Florence is making landfall along the East Coast. The satellite images of this storm have been awesome. The breadth and intensity currently reported promise a sizeable impact and catastrophic damage for some areas. Please pray for God’s intervention, for those affected and for the Disaster Relief volunteers preparing to respond.

I am always burdened for those in harm’s way when I see natural disasters wreak havoc in people’s lives, displacing thousands, destroying their homes and in many cases taking the lives of their loved ones. Continue reading

Preparation for Hurricane Florence

Projected path of Hurricane Florence, as of Sunday.
-Image: NOAA

DOMs, Team Leaders and Secretaries,

If you have been watching the news, you know that the East Coast is bracing for the possibility of Hurricane Florence hitting the coast really hard.

In light of this, I am asking all team leaders to put your volunteers on ALERT for possible deployment after the storm passes.  From what they are saying we many need all types of teams from Feeding, Chainsaw, Flood Recovery, Chaplains, Assessment, Shower, Laundry to Incident Command. Continue reading

Flood Recovery in Maryland

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Team Leaders, Secretaries and DOMs,

We received notification Sunday that they need Flood Recovery teams in Maryland in response to the flooding that happened about 3 weeks ago.  If you can put together a team to go, please contact George Blevins at the address listed below and also copy Elizabeth eholmes@tnbaptist.org and myself wjones@tnbaptist.org.

We do not have a Formstack link as of yet, but you should be able to find it on the dropdown menu when you go into FormStack.

Here is what I received yesterday:

As a result of flooding in the Baltimore area a few weeks ago, the response has grown so that the request is now being made nationwide to the DR network for assistance.

Baltimore County has asked that 400 homes be assessed in addition to what the IC already had to do.

Current team needs:

  • IC team members
  • Assessors
  • Flood recovery teams

Please contact George Blevins directly to schedule available teams.

George Blevins:
(443) 271-4004
yellowjacketnew@aol.com

 

Report From Connecticut

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Below is the first report from Team 7 now in Southbury, CT. Please keep them high on your prayer list.

Connecticut Team 7 is Led by Jack Thrall and includes: Ray Vanyo and Amy Jones (this is their second trip to CT) along with Brock and Kathy Henry of Jefferson County.

Hello From Conn.,

Good morning Tennessee friends, we are just getting ready to deploy out to a home where the lady has been trapped inside for 30 days. They found her yesterday she is fine but there are holes in the roof with trees down everywhere. We have about three teams going to this house and are going to try to finish it today to get semblance of relief.

We are going to another location where we are going to present the gospel to the homeowner and her child. Please pray for us that she will except Jesus if she doesn’t know him already. We’re supposed to have rain most of the day today so pray that we have light rain that we can work and if nothing else. Thank you all for the prayers that you have offered up already and for our safety.

This area doesn’t have much flat ground but it’s not steep like it is in East Tennessee so our skid steer people have An advantage in that they’ve already worked in this kind of terrain.

We will let you know this evening how this day transpires.

Jack Thrall
Crew Chief
Conn. Team 7

East Tenn. DR Team Goes Above and Beyond

From Baptist & Reflector

The members of a DR team from East Tennessee salute the flag at the home of Army veteran Myron Havrilchak. (Contributed photo)

SOUTHBURY, Conn. — Myron Havrilchak, a resident of Southbury, Conn., was among the thousands of homeowners who saw their houses and property substantially damaged by the tornadoes that recently swept through the area.

And yet, when the members of the Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief team arrived at the Havrilchak residence on May 26, they quickly realized Havrilchak had something on his mind that meant more to him than brick and mortar.

Havrilchak is a veteran of the US Army, and he proudly flies a flag in his backyard. But the storms had destroyed his flagpole, and the 86-year-old Havrilchak, having the heart of a solider, was focused on rectifying the problem.

“When we got to his house, he was more concerned about not being able to properly celebrate Memorial Day (which was two days away) than he was about the trees in his yard,” said Larry Sharp, a member of the DR team from East Tennessee that was deployed in Connecticut. “So, we went to a hardware store, we purchased a piece of pipe, took it back to his house and drove it in the ground.” Continue reading

Tennessee DR Teams Asked to Mobilize for New England

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From Baptist & Reflector

FRANKLIN — Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief teams are being asked to mobilize for relief work efforts in Connecticut after tornadoes swept through New England last week.

The line of storms, which included two EF-1 tornadoes, caused severe damage to several towns in Southwest Connecticut. The storms destroyed roughly 200 homes and damaged about 800 more.

New England DR teams are working quickly to mobilize, but are in need of assistance. Tennessee DR teams are being asked to mobilize, if possible, to help in the following areas: Continue reading

Hurricane Response Update & a Note From a Relief Worker

Team Leaders, Secretaries and DOMs,

Harvey – we continue to have teams in Texas doing Flood Recovery. They are looking for two small feeding teams for next week to cook for volunteers (4-6). If you have a feeding team interested, let me know ASAP. They continue to close sites and move manpower where they work is still needed. Rebuild teams are now being scheduled.

Irma – We have a mixed group of team leaders in FL this week assisting with teams coming in. Pray for a great week of work for all involved.

Maria – Our team continues to work through some of the adverse conditions. Pray for continued strength. One team member had a mishap on Saturday, please pray for him. Below is a note I received from the team today to let you know some of the things they have been doing. Continue reading