Hurricane Irma Response
As CBF Disaster Response and Florida CBF continue to assess the damage Hurricane Irma inflicted on the Bahamas, Cuba and Puerto Rico, plans are already underway for volunteer staging areas in Miami, Fort Myers and Jacksonville.
Jacksonville, which suffered record-setting storm surge, will be the location of staging sites at Island View Baptist Church and Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church. Plans are forming on the other sites
CBF is networking with national and state partners in preparation to assist as requested. CBF and CBF Florida are in contact with partners in Puerto Rico, Haiti, Bahamas, Cuba and Florida. CBF will work with all affected CBF state and regional organizations, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD), as well as other local and national partners in any response.
In keeping with CBF’s focus on long-term impact, CBF Disaster Response participates in networks seeking to help communities after a devastating event, but employs most of its resources on the long-term recovery, rehabilitation and resiliency of a community after first-responders have finished their work. This takes time and planning.
- CBF preparing to respond as Irma nears U.S. (CBFblog 9.8.2017)
Please pray for families who have lost everything they own and first-responders who are giving everything they have to save lives. Pray for communities as they cope and as they heal.
We ask that churches and individuals provide financial support so that funds can be used locally to respond in the most effective way to meet needs. Please consider a gift to the CBF Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund here. CBF is not accepting donations of items as we have learned from experience that it is much more efficient and cost-effective to provide funds that allow Disaster Response personnel to procure supplies as needed.
If you prefer, you may also give by mailing a check payable to "CBF" to:
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
PO Box 102972
Atlanta, GA 30368-2972
*be sure to include "CBF Hurricane Response" in the memo line
See available opportunities with CBF Disaster Response in Texas, the Carribbean and and apply to serve here. As search and rescue efforts give way to recovery, CBF will begin providing information and accepting registrations for volunteer teams.