• Hurricane Katrina: 10 Years Later


    Katrina Mudout 

      In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, SBDR volunteers assisted in the cleanup of more than 17,000 properties. Teams cut trees and cleared debris on the outside of homes and cleaned out flood-damaged interiors. At the same time, volunteers prepared more than 13 million meals for people who were displaced by the storm and those serving them. Read more about Southern Baptists' response to Hurricane Katrina here. Learn more about Southern Baptist Disaster Relief response activities in the latest SBDR Update.   

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    SE MI Flood GridYear-long recovery project underway in Michigan

    Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers assisted more the 600 homeowners with cleanup after their homes were flooded last August. Now Southern Baptists are returning to southeastern Michigan to help them repair their flood damaged homes. Church missions teams, collegiate teams, individual construction and base camp or office support are needed. The housing is ready with bunk bed dormitories, and there is limited room for RVs for long-term volunteers. Find out how you can help. 

    Southern Baptists responding to Nepal earthquake

    After a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck near Kathmandu, Nepal, on Sunday, Southern Baptist personnel in the area began moving toward the quake's epicenter to assess the damage and ministry opportunities. Baptist Global Response (BGR) leads the way for Southern Baptist international development and disaster ministries. BGR has trained personnel in the area and additional personnel are en route. Pray  for the people of Nepal as many regions are inaccessible and cut off from aid. Strong aftershocks continue in the region, leaving residents fearful of collapsing buildings. Many are living outside their homes in tents, though  their homes were not damaged by the quake. Find out more about the Southern Baptist response on the BGR website.

    How to prepare for a tornadoTornadoPreparedness

    Tornadoes have already caused considerable damage this year. Are you prepared? Find out more. 

    Summer collegiate missionary disaster relief opportunity: Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) has summer missionary opportunities for college-age students this summer. Students will be trained in the various ministries of Disaster Relief. Student teams will respond to assist homeowners affected by disasters.

    Evangelism flows naturally from disaster relief service

    Camille. Hugo. Andrew. 9-11. Katrina. Haiti. Tuscaloosa. Joplin. Sandy. Oklahoma City.

    Those words bring to mind disasters of the first order. They trigger emotions and memories difficult and poignant. Southern Baptists have a common response to them all: Help. Read the rest of the story.

    Donating to Disaster Relief

    The desire to do something when disaster strikes is great as the compassion God has put within us moves us to reach out to people in need and touch them with the love of Jesus. Your donations to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief through the North American Mission Board or the Baptist State Convention where a disaster has occurred is the best way to help Southern Baptists bring Help, Healing and Hope to people and communities. Any financial contribution, no matter how small, is worth more than a box of unsolicited items. Cash really is best! 


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     "Unsolicited donated goods, such as used clothing, require the added cost of storage and valuable disaster response staff and volunteer time, which could be better used helping meet people's real needs,” explains Daniel Stoecker, executive director of National VOAD.

    If you feel God is leading you to collect and donate materials, please do so responsibly by finding organizations that are prepared to receive and distribute the items. You should be prepared to provide transportation for anything you collect.

    Other resources for identifying places to donate during disasters 

             Donate Responsibly - FEMA 

             How to donate - National VOAD 



    The 2014 SBDR Award Recipients

    Robert E. Dixon Lifetime Service
            Jack Shelby - IL Baptist State Association

    Joel W. Phillips Outstanding Achievement
            Kay Cassibry - Mississippi Baptist Convention Board
            Paul and Tommie Palmer - Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention

    Distinguished Service (in 2013)
            James Irvine - Louisiana Baptist Convention
            Gene Jones - Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma
            Dave Karr – Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma
            Bill Prindle - Montana Southern Baptist Convention
            Larry Rundle - State Convention of Baptists in Ohio
            Den Smith - Indiana Baptist State Convention

    Learn more about the disaster relief awards.

    2013 Activity Report

    2013 Fleet Report


    undefined Donations to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief 

    Southern Baptist Disaster Relief responds to disasters across the U.S. and around the world. Donations are fully tax deductible and 100 percent of all gifts are used to meet the needs of hurting people in the wake of disasters. Donations can be made online, by phone 866-407-6262, or by mail. Checks should be made payable to North American Mission Board and sent to Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 116543, Atlanta, GA 30368-6543. 

    Donations to support the disaster relief efforts of state Baptist convention disaster relief organizations can be made to the individual conventions. You can find contact information for the conventions here. 


    2015 Activity Reported to Date

    Professions of Faith 120
    Gospel Presentations 351
    Chaplaincy Contacts 1,378
    Ministry Contacts 7,039
    Bibles Distributed 543
    Volunteer Days 10,339
    Meals Prepared 35,078
    Chainsaw Jobs 685
    Flood Recovery Jobs 536
    Temporary Roof/Repair Jobs 54
    Showers 5,267
    Laundry Loads 1,267
    Children Cared for 2,509