LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) - Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief is deploying to help after the third-most powerful hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. ripped through Florida’s panhandle, then continued to spawn twisters and heavy rains through Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia.
Director Coy Webb said his team of highly trained workers are preparing to leave on Monday morning for Blakley, Ga., about 100 miles north of Mexico Beach where the Category 4 hurricane left little more than concrete slabs and splintered wood.
Officials are saying as many as 1.4 million people across the South are without power.
Webb said his teams “will be roughing” right alongside those affected by power outages as they seek to help residents by cutting toppled trees and cleaning up storm debris. Crews will also bring water purification systems to help with the lack of clean drinking water.
For those that can’t go or that haven’t been trained, Webb said, “the best thing to do is to pray and give.”
The Kentucky Baptist Convention has set up a webpage to help get financial contributions to those in need as soon as the storm passes. Go to www.kybaptist.org/relief to learn how you can pray for and give to those affected by the hurricane.
Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief is the humanitarian arm of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, the state’s largest religious organization serving about 2,400 Southern Baptists churches and more than 750,000 Kentucky Baptists.