Billy Graham Rapid Response Team on Site in Texas as Hurricane Alex Approaches

CHARLOTTE, N.C.– With Hurricane Alex, the first named storm of the 2010 hurricane season, churning in the Gulf of Mexico, the crisis-trained chaplains of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team have deployed to Texas and are prepared to provide emotional and spiritual care to those impacted by the storm.

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is a part of a proactive official response being coordinated by the Texas Division of Emergency Management. The network, which is called “Task Force Austin,” includes several hundred responders from many different organizations. The initial role of the chaplains will be to support the first responders, and then assist the survivors as the storm recedes.

Although it has deployed to several events in Texas, including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike, this is the first time that the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team has collaborated with the state of Texas’ official response network of government and non-governmental organizations in the organized task force structure.

“We have been watching Alex take form in the Gulf of Mexico for several days now, and — while it’s unclear at this point where and how hard the storm will hit — it is clear that some people’s lives will be turned upside down in the face of the hurricane,” said Jack Munday, director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “It’s a privilege for us to stand alongside the state of Texas and this well-organized network as we provide emotional and spiritual care in the wake of the storm.” Read more.

Contact: Erik Ogren, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 704-577-2109, eogren@bgea.org

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