DISASTER RELIEF UPDATE – Greenville Tornado Recovery
April 26, 2020
The storms that hit Greenville on Saturday, April 25, were terrifying and destructive -- on Earle Street, in the North Main community, and throughout the area. Earle Street Baptist Church is here to help. We have been in touch with relief organizations, and once we obtain information on specific ways we can get involved, we will do so and will let you know how to join in the effort. In the meantime, if you need assistance -- whether you are a church member or a community member -- please let us know, and we will do everything we can to help.
From South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief:
Last night's severe weather and possible tornadoes have led to our establishing a command post at the Edwards Road Baptist Church in Greenville. Chainsaw units are needed beginning tomorrow, with chaplains and assessors. Upstate volunteers, please contact your unit leader ASAP.
If you are interested in volunteering and haven't been assigned to a unit call SC Baptist Disaster Relief at:
(803) 227-6149 to volunteer.
DISASTER RELIEF UPDATE — Seneca Tornado Recovery
April 21, 2020
We have received some inquiries about ways we can help in the wake of the destructive tornado last week just down the road in Seneca, South Carolina. The article below, from WYFF News (https://www.wyff4.com/article/city-of-seneca-and-oconee-county-are-asking-for-volunteers-in-tornado-relief-response/32200154) discusses the recovery efforts and mentions a number of ways to help. As a church, we are in the process of supporting the feeding services in the community, but there are several options for individuals to volunteer as well. Take a look and see if there is a way you can get involved. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Chuck Emory a email@example.com or Mike Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WYFF NEWS ARTICLE — City of Seneca and Oconee County are asking for volunteers in tornado relief response
EF3 tornado hit Seneca last week | April 20, 2020
The City of Seneca and Oconee County continue recovery efforts through the weekend to restore the community back to a sense of normalcy.
The affected areas have had an overwhelming amount of community and outside volunteer support that does not go unnoticed or unappreciated.
The City of Seneca and Oconee County are asking that volunteers remain self-sufficient during their time assisting the community. All volunteers are asked to bring meals, water, sunscreen and other needed commodities while volunteering. All volunteers should check-in at the Volunteer Reception Center at Seneca High School, located at 100 Bobcat Ridge. Volunteers have been a large piece of the disaster recovery process.
Officials would like to remind volunteers and citizens to treat all downed power lines as if they are energized. Anyone encountering a downed power line should stay at least ten feet away from the line and anything touching it. Power lines do not have to be sparking to be live and dangerous.
There is an absolute need for feeding services in the community. Please contact the Food Service Coordinator at 864-710-1548 if you can support this service in any manner. The Food Service Coordinator may be reached from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. The donation center continues to be in place at the Shaver Complex. Currently, officials have a significant need for the following donated items to support recovery efforts in the community:
Large size tarps, 20 feet and larger
10 feet by 10 feet pop-up tents
All types of batteries
Toilet paper and paper towels
Disposable plates and plastic utensils
Various types of residential cleaning products
Feminine hygiene products
The Citizens Call Center continues to remain active for City and County citizens. Any inquiries or recovery requests should be directed to the following numbers:
· 864-364-5437 (Debris questions only.)
DISASTER RESPONSE AT ESBC
How can you respond?
PRAY. Please pray for the victims, first responders, emergency and disaster volunteers, church leaders, and others impacted by disasters. Also pray that God will bring more opportunities to our attention for serving as the hands and feet of Jesus in these situations—and in future times of need, as well.
GIVE. Direct contributions to disaster relief can be made at the state level through the SCBC (http://www.scbaptist.org/disaster-relief-donations/) or nationally through the National Mission Board (https://donations.namb.net/dr-donations/).
SERVE. The SCBC Disaster Relief ministry currently has over 5,000 trained volunteers and is supported by 141 units. Disaster Relief ministry is for anyone 18-years-old or older who is willing to give of their time and energy to help others during times of crisis. Training is normally required to go on a deployment with any team.
What can you do?
VOLUNTEER. Volunteers are always welcome to join SCBC’s RebuildSC ministry to help rehab or rebuild damaged houses in the event of a disaster. Individuals with construction experience are ideal, however, there is no requirement that a volunteer be skilled—just willing to serve and follow instructions. Please visit the SCBC's RebuildSC website to learn more and review their brochure to get involved. Additionally, you can contact Mike and Jan Brown (email@example.com), who lead our National Missions Team and who are experienced disaster relief volunteers, or contact ESBC Associate Pastor Chuck Emory (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A Disaster Relief (DR) deployment is a short-term mission trip to an area of great need. The time to be trained and prepared is before the disaster happens, so that you are ready to go when the storms or floods hit. DR volunteers serve in teams, under the direction of an experienced leader. At the trainings, volunteers receive information on how to get connected with teams so that they can serve. The training classes provide information on how to perform each ministry effectively and safely. Having a Christian influence on the people you serve is, of course, a major emphasis. In DR, you will have the opportunity to bring help, hope, and healing to people who have been affected by disasters.
If you are interested in signing up for training, the church will pay for your transportation and training fees. Contact Mike or Jan Brown (email@example.com) or Chuck Emory (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get signed up.