Storm Response

Ready to Help

Hurricane season is already leaving its mark on communities from North Carolina to Texas.

In early September, Hurricane Dorian made landfall at Cape Hatteras in North Carolina as a Category 1 storm, following a destructive journey that started in late August. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) teams from North Carolina and surrounding states are providing help and hope where it’s needed most, including trained chainsaw and mud-out units, as well as portable kitchens capable of providing hot meals to storm victims.

Following Dorian, Tropical Storm Imelda dumped as much as 43 inches of rain in some parts of Southeast Texas, leading to significant flooding that has impacted not only residents, but also churches in the area. SBDR teams from Texas, as well as Missouri, Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky are now doing flood recovery work in Southeast Texas communities including Beaumont, Vidor and Nederland. Emergency kitchens and portable shower units have also been deployed.

During a major crisis response, we work in coordination with national and local partners, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, state emergency management teams and other relief organizations to maximize opportunities to help. Send Relief, the compassion ministry of NAMB, supports SBDR by packing supplies to help with their onsite relief efforts and is leading the recovery work in Puerto Rico.

Pray for all of those affected by these storms. Know that when you give, your money goes directly to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams.

Send practical help and the hope of the gospel

When you give to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, you can be confident you are meeting the immediate, significant needs of people in crisis while also investing in long-term gospel influence. We recommend you give directly to those states facing the greatest needs. Those states appear at the top of the drop-down list below. Choose a state, and you will be directed to the appropriate site to make your gift.
States impacted by Hurricane Dorian may need your help. Locate the state Disaster Relief directors below where you may be needed most. They can provide the best information for training and deployment opportunities. If you are already an SBDR trained volunteer and have not yet been deployed, contact your state DR director to let him know of your availability to serve.

Disaster Readiness for Individuals

Being ready for a natural disaster can make all the difference. FEMA has resources available to help you make the necessary preparations in advance of a storm.

Get your Church Ready

Responding well during a time of crisis is a critical piece in providing for your local community, earning trust and supporting relationships. Find intentional ways for you and your church to prepare.

Stay Informed

Get the latest updates on the Hurricane Dorian response