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Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers limiting work to in-state response to Easter storms


By Mark Maynard
Kentucky Today

In a phone meeting with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief directors about the Easter storms that ravaged the South, it was determined that in the midst of COVID-19, all states would handle their own needs to limit travel for teams.

Kentucky Baptist DR Director Coy Webb said chainsaw and roof tarping teams met needs from severe storms on Easter in the following counties: Perry, Letcher, Knox, Madison and Whitley.

Coy Webb said volunteers will respond to in-state needs only for now. (Photo by Brandon Porter, Kentucky Today)

“We were able to do this with general area teams that enabled us to not need overnight housing for volunteers,” he said.

One team in Letcher County was expected to finish response Monday.

Kentucky DR is working with Emergency Management about shower trailer deployment to Madison and Wayne counties. Northern Kentucky decided they would not utilize the shower trailer, and a request from Lincoln County Emergency Management to use the DR building at Stanford for housing was declined “as it would increase exposure to volunteers who need access to the building to utilize DR equipment for response.”

Webb said he would be in contact with Kentucky Emergency Management and Kentucky VOAD to monitor needs and discuss potential response needs in Kentucky.


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