BIRMINGHAM (TAB) — The week of Christmas brought with it rain — and lots of it. But by Dec. 29 floodwaters began to recede enough to allow Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief teams to begin operations in Coffee Baptist Association. Administration teams, chaplaincy teams and cleanup/recovery teams are being organized and deployed to work.
The relief work is still in the early stages of development, according to an email from Mel Johnson, Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions disaster relief strategist.
Volunteers began assessing the area Dec. 29, according to Johnson, and Districts 5 and 6 were on alert for possible deployment Dec. 30.
An administration team was being coordinated to begin logistical and data base support, Johnson said, and all team assignments and daily logistical support will take place at First Baptist Church, Elba. Volunteers will be housed at the association’s camp, The Vineyard, located just outside of Elba.
“I am grateful that Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief is responding to numerous sites across the state during this holiday season,” Johnson said.
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