Disaster Response – Gulf Coast

 

Hurricane Laura, a Category 4 hurricane, made landfall along the southwest Louisiana coast on August 27, 2020, impacting numerous communities, including Lake Charles, LA. High winds devastated the city and surrounding areas.

Almost six weeks later, on October 9, Hurricane Delta struck the same region as a Category 2 storm, undoing recent repairs and inflecting further damage.

To address recovery from these two storms, CBF Disaster Response is engaged in collaborative recovery efforts with the National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. (NBCA), led by its President, Dr. Samuel Tolbert, Jr. and NBCA disaster response team leaders.

Efforts have included the hiring of a Local Response Contractor, LaConya Ceasar, who is handling recovery logistics, including the coordination of volunteer response teams for rebuilding efforts and spiritual care.

Additionally, CBF has deployed equipment and shower trailers and is facilitating the delivery of Cleanup Bucket Kits.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, CBF and NBCA efforts will be conducted along the following guidelines: https://cbf.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Guidelines-for-CBF-Disaster-Response-Volunteers-During-the-COVID2.pdf

Prayer requests for the initial Hurricane Laura response:

  • Pray for the residents of Lake Charles who are recovery from the impact of the two hurricanes.
  • Continue to pray for our local partners, the National Baptist Convention of America, and specifically for Great St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church, as they coordinate and host recovery efforts.
  • Please pray for LaConya Ceasar who is serving as a jointly contracted Local Response Coordinator.
  • Please pray that CBF churches will discern ways to best engage, including giving and possibly sending volunteers teams.
  • Also pray for recovery efforts as they are complicated by COVID-19.