Disaster Relief

It was 1967 during the aftermath of Hurricane Beulah that the Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief was birthed by six guys using a buddy burner to heat canned food along the Texas coast.  Fast forward 50 years and today Southern Baptists have over 1,500 units strategically situated throughout the United States staffed by trained volunteers prepared to minister to hurting people directly affected by disasters. 

The Arkansas Baptist State Convention Disaster Relief extends the love of Christ to disaster survivors by preparing hot meals, removing damaging trees and debris, tarping roofs, shoveling mud, providing emergency communications, and coordinating the response through Incident Command leadership.  Following a common ministry pattern of Jesus Christ, volunteers seek to share God’s grace, hope, and truth while meeting physical needs.  The volunteers also offer hot showers and clean laundry to hard working Disaster Relief volunteers.  Disaster Relief is a ministry of the heart – caring people rushing to people in crisis to offer the help, healing, and hope of Jesus Christ.
 
FBC provides assistance during disasters with mobile shower and laundry units.  Each unit is fully equipped with the necessary supplies for rapid deployment.  The shower unit has six shower with dressing rooms and ten hand washing sinks located along each side of the unit.  The laundry unit has two full size washers and dryers as well as small office space for keeping records of daily activities.