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3 Ways You Can Help After Wednesday’s Storms

Update: Saturday, February 27, 2016

How You Can Help

An EF3 tornado caused significant and widespread damage in Tappahannock, Va., on Wednesday, February 24. Homes on Ridge Road suffered some of the most significant damage. Download Full-size photo
An EF3 tornado caused significant and widespread damage after touching down in Tappahannock, Va., on Wednesday, February 24. Homes on Ridge Road suffered some of the most significant damage. Download Full-size photo | Photo by Aaron Lee, Virginia Baptist Disaster Response

We all want to help tornado victims, and Virginia Baptists have great opportunities to assist. Today, Virginia Baptists are among the only volunteers granted access to response areas in Tappahannock and Appomattox.

According to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, an influx of unexpected or unrequested volunteers and donations can make the process of recovery even more difficult for communities struggling to respond to and recover from the recent tornadoes.

Financial support to voluntary agencies is often the best way to help. Cash is easier for organizations and agencies to manage; it can address a wide variety of needs, and can be quickly distributed to support those with critical needs. Cash also allows disaster agencies to purchase exactly what is needed.

Here are three ways you can help:

  1. Pray for Virginia Baptist Disaster Response teams working in Tappahannock and Appomattox. Follow their work at facebook.com/VB.Disaster
  2. Give to Virginia Baptist Disaster Response to support our response efforts. 100% of contributions directly support local response efforts. You may donate online or by mail.You may also text DISASTER to 501501 and donate $10 from your cell phone bill. (Standard messaging rates may apply.)
  3. If you are a trained disaster recovery volunteer, keep an eye out for additional callout notifications. If you are not trained, consider attending a disaster training event, such as the one offered this spring at Mission Matters so you can respond to the next disaster.

Thanks for your support of Virginia Baptist Disaster Response and the BGAV!

Original Post: Thursday, February 25, 2016

After yesterday’s significant storm damage across the state, we are preparing to mobilize teams to respond. We are forming teams to respond with debris cleanup and removal, along with tarping.

Thanks for your support of disaster response!

One comment

  1. my Sister said your group helped Hopewell Va after Hurricane Isabel .Your group cut down a tree that had fallen on a neighbors yard . Set up food and water at local First baptist Church in Hopewell .She greatly appreciated it very much!!!!