The pastors decided at the prayer breakfast that we proceed as quickly and efficiently as we can to dispense the goods being received at the PBA to people in need. Our target areas continue to be Geiger, Tishabee/Forkland, Sipsey and Reform. The focus will be on food, paper goods, personal care and summer clothes. If any of our churches who are going to other impacted communities or who have “refugees” staying in their community have needs for any of these items, let us know.
We will store some of the excess on the large trailer that we have at the PBA. We have received 360 insulted cups today and 5 pallets of Christian T-shirts. We could use some help storing them this afternoon, it looks like. Call the office to check on this.
I participated in a conference phone call from the state convention and DoAMs this morning. We heard from several of the missionaries working in the high impact area. Heard some miracle stories. We need to get ready to transition into other phases. Here are some possibilities for us here in PBA:
- Resettling persons who are forced out of Tuscaloosa
- Providing places for volunteers who come to rebuild to stay during the summer—this would most likely be in the Gordo and the Aliceville areas.
- Plan to take our blockparty trailer and the clowns and workers to some impacted communities this summer and fall.
- Help those who have been damaged to work with FEMA for help.
- Continue to provide goods to persons as they resettle and get started up again.
- If Habitat comes to rebuild homes in our area, we will seek to help as needed.
- And we will be open to helping churches destroyed in the area to rebuild.
- We need to work with Kenny Gibson and EMA to set up a disaster plan with shelters and supplies. He was not able to attend the breakfast today, so we will reissue the invitation. I have heard that FEMA will be setting up here tomorrow. So, Kenny should have more info for us on next Tuesday.