Arizona Disaster Relief helps residents displaced by fires
The silver lining of any tragic emergency is the moment when the smoke finally clears and the heroes emerge. In the many cases of the large fires moving across the dry Arizona landscape, we can immediately celebrate the efforts of first responders, including firefighters and medical personnel. As soon as the evacuations of residents and their pets or livestock take place, we can thank the interconnected coordination of many hardworking organizations like the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and Arizona Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.
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DR on Mission during COVID-19
Arizona Disaster Relief volunteers have been busy serving throughout the state during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Many individuals have been serving with local food banks in their communities, as well as unloading and distributing needed protective equipment for healthcare workers.
- The Yuma team has been busy running the shower unit at a local homeless shelter as they worked to repair a plumbing issue. (Video below.)
- In May, members of the feeding team were stationed at First Southern Scottsdale. The team prepared meals to be delivered to a local homeless shelter in the Valley.
- A team headed up recently to deliver food and supplies to the Navajo Nation, one of the areas most affected by the pandemic.
What is Southern Baptist Disaster Relief?
Since 1967, when a handful of Texans answered God’s call, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) has grown into one of the largest disaster response agencies in the U.S. with more than 82,000 trained volunteers and 1552 mobile units. Volunteers stand ready to be called out when disaster strikes.
SBDR desires to represent Jesus Christ in the middle of a crisis. Believers are under scriptural and moral obligation to provide a positive witness of the love of Jesus to everyone. As Christians, we are to demonstrate love to those affected by disasters through the efficient and immediate use of the resources, talents, and time entrusted to them.
Through the development of a cooperative team effort, needs can be efficiently and effectively met for the glory of God. Every Southern Baptist Convention in North America now has a disaster relief ministry. They vary in their abilities, number of units, number of trained volunteers, and resources.
Southern Baptists are usually involved in meeting immediate needs in an emergency relief response; sending chaplains, feeding units, and medical teams. During recovery, SBDR continues operating feeding units, shower and laundry units, clean-up crews, and emergency repairs. Depending on the nature of the disaster needs, SBDR teams may continue to serve as the response transitions to rebuilding.
SBDR is a founding member of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) and has national signed agreements with:
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- The American Red Cross (ARC)
- The Salvation Army (TSA)
- National Voluntary Organizations Assisting in Disaster (VOAD)
- Mercy Medical Airlift
- Convoy of Hope
- The Army Military Auxiliary Radio (MARS) Unit
- North American Mission Board (NAMB)
- Baptist Global Response (BRG)