Serving in partnership with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and Alabama’s State Board of Missions, MBA Community Ministries, Inc.’s (MBACM) Disaster Relief program serves as a first responder during major disasters (hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, etc.) impacting the southeastern states and secondary support throughout the United States. Locally, our units deploy to assist homeowners following damage from severe storms and high winds.
MBACM has an all-volunteer base of over 200 individuals. Everyone is trained and credentialed through the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief program and serves in cooperation with the American Red Cross and FEMA. The purpose of our program is to provide resources that meet the physical and spiritual needs of homeowners whose properties are impacted by weather-related disasters (Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Severe Storms, and high winds. MBACM does not charge for services provided and donations are not accepted at time of need.
Though there are many services that can be provided, our three units specifically focus on:
Chainsaw teams work together to remove trees that pose a threat of falling or have fallen on a home, vehicle, or in such a way that prevents the homeowner from leaving their property. The process begins with removing the limbs, dissecting the trunk into 4-6’ lengths, and transporting them to the street for removal.
Cleanup teams remove debris from the yard including the limbs and trunks in addition to other materials left behind by hurricanes, tornadoes, high winds, and storms. In the event of flooding, teams work to remove items permanently damaged including flooring and drywall for disposal. Assistance is provided to abate the growth of mold.
Tarp teams work to place tarps neatly and securely on damaged roofs of living structures and storage units, keeping the interior free of additional damage, rain, and wildlife until homeowners are able to have repairs completed.
Chaplains offer compassion in crises with comfort, encouragement, and spiritual care to survivors and responders whether they experience shock, weariness, trauma, or loss. Disaster Relief chaplains may be clerical or laity – men and women who respond to God’s call upon their lives to provide care and compassion to hurting people during the crisis of disasters.
Credentialing is offered annually in March and April by Alabama’s State Board of Missions (sbdr.org).