The Virginia Baptist Disaster Relief Team is offering their help to those affected by Hurricane Irene in Northern Virginia. Volunteers from various churches in Virginia are mustering their forces to go and help in Northern Virginia’s Tidewater region. This group brings a new meaning to the concept of disaster preparedness, looking beyond theirselves and their family to be prepared to help others who will need their help. Rev. Ron Gilbert, the Director of Missions of the Lebanon Baptist Association, announced on Facebook tonight that he and a team of volunteers are headed out in the morning to be of service:
Virginia Baptist SBC Disaster Assessment Team leaves for Newport News in the morning. Pray for us…We will be pulling the mobile feeding kitchen to Richmond.
The Lebanon Baptist Association is a group of Southern Baptist Churches which encompasses the area of Bristol. The LBA is a very service-minded group, and they have been very active in providing relief to those recently affected by the tornado that hit Glade Spring, Virginia. They regularly form humanitarian mission trips to areas of need in the United
States and in Belize.
The Virginia Baptist Disaster Relief Team has posted a link to a very valuable document that everyone should print out while they still have power. It not only lists important contact numbers to sign up for alerts in different counties, but Twitter accounts to follow for up-to-the minute news and warnings. There is absolutely pertinent information that will be needed through the course of Irene and the havoc it may bring, such as tips on dealing with power outages. You can find that document here.
Here is some very good information about dealing with power outages from this document, which they actually credit to Dominion Power Company.
- Turn off major appliances such as heat pumps, water heaters and stoves.
- Unplug other major appliances, such as TVs, stereos, microwaves and computers, to prevent damage and a possible overload when power is restored.
- Post a list of contents on your freezer door to minimize the number of times you open it.
- Leave one lamp or light on so you will be able to recognize when power is restored.
- Frozen food can last up to three days. It is safe to eat if it still has ice crystals at the center.
- Ensure adequate ventilation if using portable lanters or camp-type stoves for light and cooking.
Lebanon Baptist Association webpage
Lebanon Baptist Association Facebook
Virginia Baptist Disaster Relief Facebook