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Katrina: The Southern Baptist Response

Much has been said, over the past week, about relief organizations such as the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. But one major organization which, as far as I know, has received no significant recognition in the media is the Southern Baptist Convention’s Disaster Relief organization which is part of the North American Mission Board. What many people do not realize is that the Southern Baptists have the third-largest disaster relief organization in North America (and possibly in the world).

The disaster relief response includes more than 600 mobile units (feeding, chainsaw, mud-out, command, communication, child care, shower, laundry, water purification) and more than 30,000 trained volunteers, including chaplains. You can read about some of the early response here.

As I understand it, because the infrastructure for disaster relief is already in place and paid for by the convention, 100% of money donated to this cause goes directly to those in need. Here are some facts:

Number of Disaster Responses193
Volunteers Who Responded 15,032
Meals Prepared3,500,596
Children Cared For869
Buildings Repaired2,683
Yards Cleaned10,704
Showers Provided91,024
Laundry Loads Cleaned7,268
Gallons of Water Purified 1,520
Total Trained Volunteers30,840
New Volunteers Trained5,360
New Units Placed in Service113

Recent Response:

Feeding Units97
    Airlift8
    Class A45
    Class B33
    Class C11
Recovery Units384
    Chainsaw86
    Mud-out36
    Rebuild5
    Combination257
Communication13
Child Care16
Shower36 
Laundry3
Water Purification14
Other23
Total units in the national fleet  586

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