BIRMINGHAM (TAB) — Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief personnel have been called to action in South Carolina, according to Mel Johnson, disaster relief strategist for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions.
With rain starting to fall days ago, South Carolina has seen record-setting rain fall and disastrous flooding. At press time, the flooding had already claimed 14 lives. President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for the state Oct. 5, ordering federal aid to help supplement state efforts.
Johnson said, “Efforts to establish logistical support for (Alabama) teams are underway,” and Alabama will plan to provide Rapid Response Assessment and White Hat leadership, three mud out teams with embedded chaplains, an admin team, 10 chaplains with a team leader for extended ministry and one feeding crew.
An initial deployment of 50–60 volunteers is expected to deploy Oct. 8 or Oct. 9 and Alabama teams will work on weekly rotations extending operations for 6–8 weeks of ministry, according to Johnson.
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