Disaster Response

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CBF Domestic Disaster Response is currently recruiting volunteer teams for four regions of recovery: The Bahamas; particularly the islands of North Abaco and Grand Bahama (Hurricane Dorian – 2019), the Panhandle of Florida (Hurricane Michael - 2018), Columbus County, North Carolina (Hurricane Florence - 2018) and Puerto Rico (Hurricane Maria – 2017).

Besides the ongoing hurricane response efforts, in 2019, CBF Disaster Response collaborated with CBF Texas/Southwest and CBF Alabama by providing financial assistance to related to flooding in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and the March Tornado that struck Beauregard, Alabama.

Additionally, in cooperation with CBF’s Chaplaincy and Pastor Care Office, efforts were initiated to certify post-disaster spiritual care providers and deploy them when and where needed.

To continue to respond to these efforts and those to come, CBF Disaster Response is dependent upon volunteer and financial support from our network.

For more information about overall CBF Domestic Disaster Response activities, contact rburnette@cbf.net. To learn more about CBF’s post-disaster spiritual care ministry, contact ghutchinson@cbf.net or rshapard@floridacbf.org.

Donations in support of Dorian response, as well as ongoing hurricane recovery efforts, can be made here. CBF Disaster Response does not accept food, water or material donations.

If you prefer, you may also give by mailing a check payable to “CBF” to:

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
PO Box 102972
Atlanta, GA 30368-2972
*be sure to include “Hurricane Response” in the memo line

About CBF Disaster Response

 

CBF Disaster Response exists to equip Christians and churches to serve communities affected by disaster.

Responding appropriately during a time of crisis is vital. Disasters follow a life cycle that begins with Mitigation, which is directly working to prevent future emergencies. Preparedness includes plans we make in advance to help prepare a community be ready. Disaster Response is all the actions taken during the midst of, and immediately following an emergency. Recovery is what happens after damage has been assessed and involves the actions to return the community to their pre-disaster state or even better.

North Carolina

The Hurricane Florence response page has information about volunteering in North Carolina.

Florida Panhandle

Information about Hurricane Michael response in Port St. Joe and Marianna.

Puerto Rico

The Hurricane Maria response page has information about volunteering in Puerto Rico.

Bahamas

The Hurricane Dorian response page has information about volunteering in the Bahamas.

CBF is currently accepting volunteers for disaster response in the Panhandle, North Carolina, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.

VOLUNTEER WITH CBF DISASTER RESPONSE

 

In keeping with CBF’s focus on long-term impact, CBF disaster response participates in networks seeking to help communities after a devastating event, but employs most of its resources on the long-term recovery, rehabilitation and resiliency of a community after first-responders have finished their work. This takes time and planning.

CBF will work with state and regional organizations, the federal emergency management agency, the national voluntary organizations active in disasters (VOAD), as well as other local and national partners, including friends in the North American Baptist Fellowship, in any response.

 

THREE WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

Pray

Please pray for families who have lost everything they own and first-responders who are giving everything they have to save lives. Pray for communities as they cope and as they heal.

Give

We ask that churches and individuals provide financial support so that funds can be used locally to respond in the most effective way to meet needs. Please consider a gift to the CBF Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund here. CBF is not accepting donations of items as we have learned from experience that it is much more efficient and cost-effective to provide funds that allow Disaster Response personnel to procure supplies as needed.

Volunteer

AVAILABLE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

CBF is grateful for those wishing to serve in communities after a devastating event. Before applying to serve, please take a moment to review the available opportunities for service and consider where your gifts or the gifts of your team can best match a need on the ground. As additional specific opportunities to serve become available, we will update this site with information. Please check back regularly to find new opportunities of service that might match your gifts and availability.

 

Supplemental Insurance - If your insurance does not cover where you are going or what you are doing for your Disaster Response volunteering, we recommend you purchase this supplemental insurance:

Domestic: http://missionshield.com/policies/

International: http://www.fellowshiptravel.org