The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s Disaster Response team continues to monitor Tropical Storm Isaac’s progress. Below is an update from Charles Ray, US Disaster Response Coordinator for CBF. You can help respond by giving online to the CBF General Relief/Disaster Response account or staying connected through the CBF’s disaster response online community.
CBF Disaster Response is closely tracking Tropical Storm Isaac. We expect it will soon be upgraded to “hurricane” status. In all likelihood it will affect Florida and possibly other east coast states.
Today we have opened communications with one of our major partners, American Baptist Association (ABA) and their disaster response coordinator, Marvin (Moose) Jackson. Moose has placed three response units on alert in Florida. CBF Disaster Response, working with CBF Florida, is prepared to mobilize both equipment and personnel, if needed. Former CBF Florida Associate Coordinator, Tommy Deal, is prepared to lead our recovery work in the state, if needed. We will be coordinating our efforts with ABA and possibly other partners.
Tomorrow (Friday) I will participate in a national alert call with Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) for an update on all major response groups and their plans for the next few days.
I remind us that every response group does not do the same work. CBF is not qualified as a first response unit. We will relate to other groups and become part of the big picture as the need unfolds.
For now, we prepare for the worst and pray that it’s not needed.
US Coordinator, Disaster Response
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship