Texas Baptist Men Respond to Florida and North Carolina Hurricane Disasters

Texas Baptist Men disaster relief volunteers work to remove a tree from a rooftop in Florida. (TBM Photo)

Texas Baptist Men disaster relief crews are responding to two hurricanes in the Southeast, and officials with the missions organization are asking additional trained volunteers to step forward to serve.

TBM continues to serve in the Bayboro, N.C., area to assist survivors of Hurricane Florence. Through Oct. 16, TBM workers contributed more than 11,000 volunteer hours in the area, making more than 1,400 personal contacts and cooking more than 3,100 meals.

They also are using chainsaws to remove fallen trees, tearing out damaged drywall and flooring from flooded homes and tacking blue tarps on roofs. They have provided access to more than 1,000 showers, washed about 500 loads of laundry and distributed 150 Bibles.

TBM crews deployed to Florida
Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle Oct. 10 as a Category 4 storm. In response, TBM deployed chainsaw teams, heavy equipment operators, an incident management team and volunteers to run shower and laundry units, along with an emergency food-service crew and field kitchen.

TBM crews stationed at Blue Springs Baptist Conference Center in Marianna, Fla., already have contributed nearly 1,000 volunteer hours. Another team was scheduled to begin serving meals from First Baptist Church in Quincy, Fla., Oct. 17.

One worker posted photos on the TBM Facebook page with this message: “To get to the camp we are stationed in, we had to clear roads. To get to the bunkhouse, we had to clear roofs. To get to use lights, we had to rework wiring to accommodate the generator. Then we could cook, eat, rest and begin helping others.”

Closer to home, TBM deployed two shower and laundry units to Marble Falls, where 13 inches of rain caused catastrophic flooding. The Llano River set a record at 30 feet above flood level, and floodwaters swept away a bridge.

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SOURCE: Baptist Standard, Ken Camp