Mississippi Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are on the ground in Alabama responding to the devastation left in the wake of severe weather that raked the state in the early morning hours of Jan. 13.
The Mississippi teams departed for Eutaw, Alabama, on Jan. 19 to assist Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief in cleanup operations after a tornado caused significant damage in the Eutaw area, reported Hubert Yates, disaster relief director for the MBCB.
Eutaw is about 36 miles southwest of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. “ABDR is currently deployed in Prattville, Selma, Bibb County, Decatur, and several other locations in east central Alabama,” Yates said. “The Eutaw area will be a MBDR operation.”
The Eutaw area has suffered three damaging tornadoes since April of last year.
“The community is weary of constant cleanup,” Yates said. “The damage is relatively light, comparatively speaking, with approximately 35 homes with moderate [to] significant damage and two that were totally destroyed from the most recent strong F2/low F3 tornado.”
MBDR volunteer teams working the Eutaw response include incident management, feeding, assessors, chaplains and chainsaw. Eutaw Baptist Church is hosting the MBDR volunteers.
Ways to learn more
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