The most recent hurricane on the East Coast was Hurricane Florence and it damaged large swaths of North Carolina with wind damage, flooding, and power outtages. Please see below to read the current status of Baptist efforts to cleanup, renew, and give hope to those who are victims of this storm.
Hurricane Florence Update (10/4/2018)-
Feeding- NC Baptists on Mission/NCBM currently have 3 large mobile kitchens that are serving more than 15,000 hot meals every day to people affected by Hurricane Florence. At one time had 10 large kitchens providing food. These 3 kitchens are serving in New Bern, Wilmington and Lumberton. Red Cross ERV’s (and Salvation Army Canteens) are working out of these 3 big mobile kitchens. So far, over 950,000 HOT meals have been prepared and served from these kitchens.
Recovery- All of these big kitchens (plus other sites managed by our out of Disaster Relief state convention partners) also have recovery operations working out of them. We are doing chainsaw, mud-outs, tear-outs, shockwave/sanitation and putting tarps on roofs. We have also set up additional Recovery Sites in a number of areas. Our large Recovery Sites with Site Coordinators include: New Bern, Lumberton, Wilmington, Morehead City, Cape Carteret, Laurinburg, Warsaw, Scotts Hill, Pender County, Wallace, Shallotte, Bunnlevel, Red Springs, Elizabethtown and others are being added soon. So far, over 800 recovery jobs have been completed. More than 2500 jobs are still open and we need lots of tear out volunteers/teams. We are so thankful for those who have come to help us!
Supplies- We are also distributing cleaning supplies, non-perishable items/canned food, diapers, baby formula, etc. to more than 20 different Distribution sites from our warehouse in Red Springs.
Long Term Response- This disaster is so big that it will require a long term rebuild response to help get many people back in their homes. We are planning on setting up three different rebuild center sites where we can house and feed many volunteers who will be working on homes. We plan to manage the rebuilding of homes from these “rebuilding hubs”. This will be a long term response that may take 2-3 years and require thousands of volunteers to help get many people back in their homes.
Please go to our website for more information or to sign up to go or to give. https://baptistsonmission.org/Mission-Projects/By-Mission-Type/Disaster-Relief/Hurricane-Florence
For daily Florence updates, stories and pictures go to our Facebook page and like it. Thanks!
Thank you for Praying, Giving and Going!