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Disaster Relief > 2009 Disaster Responses
2009 was a relatively quiet year for Mississippi, but
that was not true for many of our neighbors. In February ice storms impacted Arkansas, Kentucky, and Missouri. Fourteen chainsaw teams
from across our state were sent to help with clean-up. Our largest effort took place in Mayfield, Kentucky, where we were assigned. For
two weeks we had an onsite coordinator who assigned teams and worked to make sure all needs were met. We assisted about thirty families
with clean up work in the area around Mayfield.
In March, a tornado touched down in Magee. We had the Briar Hill feeding unit on site for three days and fed about 1800 meals. In
addition, we had six chainsaw and clean-up teams that responded to the area. Two churches that were damaged received financial assistance.
In May two chainsaw teams responded to a tornado in Batesville. We assisted 10 families.
In August we had two teams responding for mud-out. Temple Baptist traveled to New York state following flooding in the area. Another
team from the Gulf Coast responded to Louisville, KY.
We completed another Baptist Global Response In-Home Care Kit drive during August. Churches across our state contributed 476 kits to
help our missionaries minister to the people in sub-Saharan Africa.
In October we sent seven Mud-Out teams to Georgia to assist with clean up due to flooding. Also, funding was sent to help with repairs.
Also in October, we had one State Task Force member to go to American Samoa to assist NAMB in assessment and water purification.
198 volunteers responded to the different disasters in the US.
Katrina response continued with thirty-one families being assisted with repairs and rebuilding.
In addition, we assisted financially fifteen families across our state who experienced house fires, three families with flood damage,
and four with tornado damage.