On July 28, Texas Baptist Men (TBM) announced the deployment of multiple volunteer teams to Weslaco in the wake of Hurricane Hanna, including mud out teams to clean flooded homes, a shower/laundry unit, a chainsaw team, chaplains, assessors and an Incident Management Team.
Hurricane Hanna made landfall Saturday, July 25, in South Texas and blew across the lower Rio Grande Valley. As of Tuesday morning, the storm has continued to dump rain across the region, and the forecast called for continued rain through part of the week.
The volunteer teams are making arrangements now and will be ready to serve as soon as the rain ceases and the water recedes.
“Hanna has significantly impacted large portions of South Texas, and continues to drop rain on the area,” said TBM Disaster Relief Director Dwain Carter, who rode out the storm in the area. “Our teams are preparing as I speak to deliver help, hope and healing as soon as the region clears and work can begin. Please keep South Texas in your prayers.”
Carter is in constant communication with city and regional leaders as well as pastors from across the area as assessors continue to evaluate the situation.
In an effort to keep TBM volunteers, as well those they serve, safe from COVID-19, the teams serving will be smaller, wear masks and practice social distancing. Temperatures will be taken, and each volunteer will have more housing space than typical.
“We want to share God’s love in the hardest days of people’s lives,” Carter said. “Part of that is making sure everyone remains healthy and gets the help they need. In the coming days, TBM volunteers will help South Texans take their first steps in recovering from Hurricane Hanna.”
TBM Disaster Relief can respond to needs because of support from people like you. All gifts made for TBM Disaster Relief support disaster relief ministries. To give, visit TBMTX.org/donate.