Baptist and Reflector
The outpouring of support and help in the wake of the Sevier County (Tenn.) fires has been extraordinary. Many have asked how they can help, and here are some suggestions from Wes Jones, Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief specialist.
- Pray. Always the top priority. Disasters create unique needs but also opportunities to share the love of Christ.
- Give. The most tangible way to help is through financially gifts. Frankly, this is always the greatest need. Every disaster is different and different needs arise. The availability of cash allows disaster relief teams the flexibility to meet needs unique to that particular disaster. Visit TNDisasterRelief.org/contributions for more information.
- Wait. Yes wait. A needs assessment can’t be done until after first responders have cleared the area. It takes several days to identify and prioritize how best to use available volunteers. Help arriving too early often can’t be administered.
- Prepare. There is always a need for qualified volunteers trained in a number of different response opportunities. Visit TNDisasterRelief.org or write email@example.com for more information.
- Go. Most disasters have long-term implications and one of the hallmarks of Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief is that Tennessee Baptists are there working long after others have left. Victims have needs long after the initial disaster and there is always a need for people to help, especially months down the road.