NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Southern Baptists are already headed to the Gulf Coast region as remnants of Hurricane Isaac continually disrupt the lives of an increasing number of residents.
By the weekend, a total of 36–40 Baptist relief units will have been deployed to Louisiana and Mississippi, said Bruce Poss, a disaster recovery coordinator at North American Mission Board offices in Alpharetta, Ga.
"Southern Baptists have responded as they have in the past with a lot of enthusiasm, in numbers to the disaster," Poss said. "When people start hurting, [Southern Baptist Disaster Relief] shows up."
Two feeding units from the Oklahoma State Convention already have left for Louisiana and a group of Texas Baptist Men will leave Friday morning to set up a feeding unit. Additionally, feeding units from the Arkansas Baptist State Convention are headed to First Baptist Church in Kenner and Gentilly Baptist Church in New Orleans, disaster recovery officials said. Chainsaw units also are being deployed.
Two 60,000-pound Freightliner rigs with roofing supplies set out for the Gulf Coast region Wednesday (Aug. 29), in coordination with the Gulf Coast Baptist Association in Mississippi and other Southern Baptists in Louisiana. The trucks are filled with 20 pallets containing 320 rolls of plastic roof sheeting, wooden strips and nails volunteers will use to repair storm-damaged homes.
New evacuations are adding to the number of people in need. Today, officials in Louisiana and Mississippi ordered an evacuation of areas along the Tangipahoa River. Emergency crews announced plans to intentionally breach Percy Quin dam to alleviate pressure and avoid flooding in Kentwood, La. and Pike County, Miss., as the dam, weakened from heavy rains, was considered in imminent danger of failing. Read More