LRBA Disaster Team mobilizes for winter storms
by Alan Reed
Dec 19, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bill Purkes, Joe Taylor and Charles Plummer ready the trailer that they planned to tow to Oklahoma City for disaster relief and cleanup after a winter storm covered the area with snow and ice.
Bill Purkes, Joe Taylor and Charles Plummer ready the trailer that they planned to tow to Oklahoma City for disaster relief and cleanup after a winter storm covered the area with snow and ice.
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Leaving town on the dark, cold and rainy morning last Saturday at 5 a.m., the Little River Baptist Association’s Disaster Relief Team answered a call for help to recover from winter storms that pummeled the Midwest last week.

Unit Director Bill Purkes, Sr. gave the team’s destination as Oklahoma City. “It’s about 12-14 hours away, depending on the weather. We are hoping to get there around 6 tonight.”

Purkes said that the Trigg County Team, sponsored and equipped by member congregations of the Little River Baptist Association is a chainsaw recovery unit. “We’ll be cutting trees and limbs away from property. With some properties, utility companies will not hook up the electric until the debris is cleared from the power lines.”

Planning to stay at the Northwest Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Purkes said he expected more inclement weather at the disaster site. “They had another batch of ice and snow yesterday that ran into last night. As we speak, it is below freezing, and we expect snow through the night. Oklahoma City has reported freezing rain. It shut down all of the recovery efforts yesterday.”

The LRBA’s team is a part of the Kentucky Baptist Conference, which is in turn connected to the Southern Baptist Conference. “The North American Mission Board is the head of the overall program. States work under them,” said Co-team Leader Archie Brock.

Purkes said that his team interacts with the American Red Cross and works with the Federal Emergency Management Agency when asked.

“We’ll be there one week,” said Purkes. “Six other teams from other churches across Kentucky will join the team while we are there. A couple of teams from Central Kentucky will be bringing tractors.”

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