Disaster Relief

Disaster Relief

Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief is a cooperative, volunteer ministry of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board and its affiliated churches.  It is totally dependent upon volunteers who give of their time, energy, talents and finances to assist others in a time of disaster.  The ministry is led by the State Director, an employee of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board.  He and one administrative assistant are the only employees working primarily with Disaster Relief.

 The update below comes from our State Disaster Relief Director Wes Jones

March 1, 2019 TN Flood update

 Let me bring you up to date on what is happening around the state of Tennessee with the recent flooding.  We are soggy and last month was the wettest February on record in the Nashville area and other parts of the state had more than we did.  We have had and still have flooding going on throughout the state from North to South and East to West and we are only now beginning to get a picture of how devastating it has been.  If you live anywhere near a body of water, you know this all to well.  While some areas faired OK, considering many are still under water today, almost a week later.

TN Baptist DR is ramping up to serve our neighbors.  Many local Team Leaders and DOM’s have already been using their contacts and communicating with their Emergency Managers to discover needs around them.  Some have already done some assessing and others have already taken their units out and begun the Flood Recovery Process.  I am thankful for all the work you have put in and we will be in it for the long haul.

Here is the initial plan going forward…

1. Look for the hardest hit areas and begin to set up operations. Some of the possible locations are:

               Knoxville-Over 1,000 home have asked for assistance

               Savanah-Estimates are possibly 1,000 homes affected

               Hamblen-At least 100 are affected

               Tri-City area-waiting for numbers

               Decatur-waiting for numbers

2.  Look for a church or associational office that will host teams and have an IC in each one of those areas where we are going to set up operations.