As Hurricane Florence hammers the Carolina coast, CBN’s Operation Blessing is already mobilizing to provide relief where it will be most needed.
Tom Wiley serves as US disaster relief deployment manager, food manager and production chef for the aid group.
“We’re staging our equipment, we’re preparing our equipment and we’re getting ready to pull out for Hurricane Florence response,” he said.
Operation Blessing staff loaded trucks with food, water and relief supplies.
“We stage at the best locations – a place that we can respond effectively but keep our team out of harm’s way so that we can get in quickly to help people,” Wiley explained.
The group’s Virginia Beach staff are now organizing volunteers in order to be ready to provide immediate relief as soon as possible.
“We meet whatever need there is: distributing water, volunteer coordination, mucking and gutting of houses, mass feeding,” Wiley said. “People have lost all their belongings in a flooded home; we help them sort through these belongings and salvage memorabilia.”
Operation Blessing has been there for families through many disasters before. And however hard Florence hits, Wiley says the aid group is determined to reach out with the love of Christ to help people get back on their feet.
“We’re caring for people in need,” he said. “We want to pray with them; we want to offer them that spiritual and emotional support. That’s why we respond to people in their darkest days – after a disaster.”