Price Changes – DR Store Items

February 25, 2014 by

We have made some price changes to the items we are selling in the store.  Just wanted to make sure you guys were aware of them. 

DR Fishing shirts are now $35

DR T-Shirts – Extended sizes 2XL and up will now be $12

DR Store items can be purchased at any one of the 7 regional training events around FL.  See the previous post regarding the 2014 DR Training dates.

 

Typhoon Crisis in the Philippines

November 13, 2013 by

Florida Baptists are praying for the survivors of the deadly typhoon. Assessors with the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and Baptist Global Response are being staged to respond. Relief Donations can be forwarded to Florida Baptist Convention Disaster Relief marked for Philippine DR Response.  In the meantime, please be in prayer for the survivors and the volunteers on the ground after this most devastating tragedy.

Donations can be sent by check to:

Florida Baptist Convention

Disaster Relief

1230 Hendricks Ave

Jacksonville, FL  32207

Baptist Global Response  https://gobgr.org/

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief http://www.namb.net/dr/

Florida Baptist Convention https://www.flbaptist.org/OnLineGiving/MakeaDonationNow.aspx

Tropical Storm Chantal Advisory 4A

July 8, 2013 by

BULLETIN

TROPICAL STORM CHANTAL INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER   4A

NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL032013

800 PM AST MON JUL 08 2013

 

…RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT FINDS CHANTAL A LITTLE STRONGER…

 

 

SUMMARY OF 800 PM AST…0000 UTC…INFORMATION

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LOCATION…11.8N 55.0W

ABOUT 320 MI…515 KM ESE OF BARBADOS

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…50 MPH…85 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 285 DEGREES AT 26 MPH…43 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1010 MB…29.82 INCHES

 

To see the complete Advisory from the National Hurricane Center please visit:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCPAT3+shtml/082350.shtml

 

From Your Disaster Relief Team, what does it all mean for Florida?

At 8:00 PM (Tuesday Night) Tropical Storm Chantal is currently located several hundred miles east of the Windward Islands, which will put this Tropical Storm near The Dominican Republic on Wednesday. Chantal has winds of near 50 mph with higher gust and will strengthen over the next 48 hours.

Most current models show Tropical Storm Chantal being over The Dominican Republic on Thursday, turning slightly north northwest and moving toward the east coast of Florida, however this track is very unstable at this point. If you do not have a Hurricane Plan, now is the time to form one. TS Chantal has the potential to impact Florida in some by the coming weekend. Please stay tuned for further up dates.

To See TS Chantal’s 5 Day Forecast Track go to:  http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at201303_5day.html

Tropical Depression Two, Advisory 1

June 17, 2013 by

BULLETIN

TROPICAL DEPRESSION TWO ADVISORY NUMBER   1

NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL

1100 AM EDT MON JUN 17 2013

TROPICAL DEPRESSION FORMS

APPROACHING COAST OF BELIZE

Summary of 1100 Am EDT, Information

About 60 miles east of Monkey River Town Belize

Maximum sustained winds of 35 MPH

Present movement is West North West at 13 MPH

Minimum central pressure is 1008 MB.

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

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There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect

Individuals in Belize, Guatemala and eastern Mexico should monitor the progress of this system.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK

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At 1100 AM EDT the center of Tropical Depression 2 was near 16.2 N – 87.6 W moving toward the west north west near 13 MPH. This TD is expected to move inland over southern Belize this afternoon.

From the Florida Disaster Relief Team:

This tract is expected to continue therefore, Tropical Depression 2 is not expected to impact the United States.

This advisory is posted in order to keep you informed of tropical weather. Please continue to pray for those who are even now being impacted be this tropical depression.

God Bless you,

Your Florida Baptist Disaster Relief Team

TROPICAL STORM ANDREA ADVISORY NUMBER 5

June 6, 2013 by

Here is the latest from the National Hurricane Center

BULLETIN

TROPICAL STORM ANDREA ADVISORY NUMBER   5

NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL

AL012013

500 PM EDT THU JUN 06 2013

ANDREA ABOUT TO MAKE LANDFALL OVER THE FLORIDA BIG BEND.

RAINS AND WINDS TO SPREAD NORTHWARD ALONG THE SOUTHEASTERN

U.S. COAST TONIGHT AND FRIDAY.

SUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT…2100 UTC…INFORMATION

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LOCATION…29.5N 83.4W

About 35 miles NNW of Cedar Key, Florida

About 80 miles SE of Tallahassee, Florida

Maximum sustained winds of 65 MPH

Present movement is to the NE (040 Degrees) at 17 MPH

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

The Tropical Storm warning is discontinued for the Florida Panhandle west of the Ochlockonee River.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT

A Tropical storm warning is in effect for:

* The west coast of Florida from Boca Grande to the Ochlockonee River

* Flagler Beach Florida to Cape Charles Light Virginia

* Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds

* Lower Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE

EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN 36 HOURS.

At 5:00 PM EDT the center of TS Andrea was located near 29.5 N / 83.4 W. Andrea is moving toward the northeast at 17 MPH and this motion is expected to continue with an increase in forward speed during the next 24 to 48 hours as Andrea moves along the forecast track.

Reports from Hurricane Hunter Aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds are near 65 MPH with higher gust. The storm should weaken after landfall and lose its tropical characteristics by Saturday as the system moves to the East Coast of the U.S.

Currently TS force winds extend up to 140 miles from the center.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

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Storm Surge – The combination of a storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters. The water could reach the following heights above ground if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide:

TAMPA BAY NORTHWARD TO AUCILLA RIVER…2 TO 4 FT

FLORIDA WEST COAST SOUTH OF TAMPA BAY…1 TO 2 FT

FLAGLER BEACH NORTH TO CAPE CHARLES LIGHT…1 TO 2 FT

The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast near and to the south of the Florida landfall location. Surge related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle. Remember, flooding can vary greatly over a short distance.

Rainfall – Andrea is expected to produce large amounts of rain with accumulations of up to 6 inches in some areas

Wind – Tropical Storm conditions are occurring along portions of the West coast of the Florida peninsula. These conditions will gradually spread northeastward along the U.S. east coast during the next 24 to 36 hours.

Tornadoes – A few tornadoes are possible tonight over the Florida peninsula and in the coastal portions of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

NEXT ADVISORY:

NEXT INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY…800 PM EDT.

NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY…1100 PM EDT.

For Complete Hurricane or Tropical Storm coverage please visit:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

What does this mean to us in Florida?

First all Disaster Relief Volunteers are encouraged to be prepared to respond in your communities. If a response is needed, self-activate your teams and please notify Your Unit Leader and / or Regional Coordinator.

Over the next 24 to 36 hours be mindful of the heavy rain and possible flooding. As Andrea passes continue to monitor your local weather for Alerts and Warnings. Tropical Storms can produce tornadoes, so please be prepared.

Andrea has begun to pull in dry air from the north and this should allow the rain in the central peninsula (Orlando and south) to begin to experience drier conditions, however the northern portions of Florida (Ocala and north) and Southern Georgia can still expect heavy rain to continue into tonight. This rain will continue as Andrea moves out to the East Coast of the U.S.

God Bless.

TS Andrea Advisory 4A

June 6, 2013 by

The Following is an update for Tropical Storm Andrea from the National Hurricane Center.

BULLETIN:

Tropical Storm Andrea, Intermediate Advisory Number 4A

NWS National Hurricane Center, Miami, Florida

AL012013

2:00 PM EDT Thursday June 06, 2013

…ANDREA EXPECTED TO MAKE LANDFALL SOON…

…TORNADO THREAT CONTINUES FOR MUCH OF THE FLORIDA PENINSULA…

SUMMARY OF 2:00 PM EDT…1800 UTC…INFORMATION

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LOCATION…29.0N 83.6W

Approx. 35 miles West South West of Cedar Key

Approx. 100 miles East South East of Apalachicola

Maximum sustained winds: 60 MPH

Present movement: Northeast AT 17 MPH

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

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SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT…

A Tropical Storm warning is in effect for:

* The west coast of Florida from Boca Grande to Indian Pass.

* Flagler Beach Florida to Cape Charles Light Virginia

* Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds

* Lower Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN 36 HOURS.

At 2:00 PM EDT the center of Tropical Storm Andrea was near Latitude 29.0 North / Longitude 83.6 West moving northeast at 17 MPH. Andrea’s movement is expected to accelerate during the next 48 hours along the forecasted track. The Center of Andrea will reach the coast of the Big Bend area of Florida in the next few hours. Andrea will then move Northeastward near the coast of the United States through Saturday.

Currently Andrea has maximum sustained winds near 60 mph with higher gust, there is little change expected before the center reaches the coastline. Early Friday Andrea is expected to weaken as the Center is overland. Tropical storm force winds extend up to 140 miles from the center with Punta Gorda Florida reporting gust of 58 mph.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

Storm surge combined with the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising water with the deepest water occurring along the immediate coast and to the south of the Florida landfall location. Surge related flooding depents on the timing of the surge and the tide cycle.

Rainfall is expected to be heavy with possibly large accumulations over much of the Florida Peninsula and the eastern parts of the Panhandle, southeastern Georgia and eastern South Carolina

Tropical Storm Conditions are already occurring along the west coast of Florida and will continue to spread northward over the next 24 to 36 hours.

Tornadoes, as with all major weather systems of this type the possibility of Tornado activity is high. Please stay advised using your local weather forcast.

The next advisory is scheduled for 5:00pm eastern time. For complete coverage please go to the National Hurricane Center at:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

God Bless You

Tropical Storm Andrea

June 6, 2013 by

Tropical Storm Andrea Update ~

From the National Hurricane Center:

At 07:00 am CDT (12:00 UTC) The center of Tropical Storm Andrea was located near Latitude 27.7 North / Longitude 85.1 West. Andrea is moving toward the North-Northeast near 14 MPH. A turn toward the northeast with a additional increase in forward speed is expected today. On the forecast track the center of Andrea will reach the coast of Florida Big Bend area later today and then move across southeastern Georgia, southeastern South Carolina and eastern North Carolina by Friday. Maximum sustained winds are near 60 MPH with higher gusts. No significant change in strength is forecast before the center reaches the coast later today.

Public Advisory #3A courtesy of the National Hurricane Center, for the complete coverage from the National Hurricane Center please visit:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

So, what does this mean for the People of Florida? A large portion of the State will experience rain, heavy at times. The latest satellite image shows the whole of the state with the possibility of rain. Therefore, be aware of the potential for flash flood, localized flooding and heavy downpours.

As while all such storm systems please do not take this lightly! TS storm force winds are currently being produced by Andrea and will continue for the rest of the day. With these strong winds the possibility of tornado, microburst, wind damage and lightning exist. Please do not travel unless absolutely necessary.

The largest impact from Andrea will be seen from Orlando north and into the Panhandle. As Andrea progress today the system will cross into Georgia on its way to the Carolinas.

Again, please be on guard today for High winds and heavy rain. Please continue to follow us here as we keep you updated.

Tropical Storm Update

June 5, 2013 by

Tropical Storm Andrea has formed in the Gulf. The latest Spaghetti models have in moving toward the big bend area of Florida. The Current forcast has Andrea making landfall sometime Thursday as a Tropical Storm. The Link below will allow you to see the current models.

http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at201301_model.html

Oklahoma Update

May 23, 2013 by

Oklahoma Update:

When Disasters Strikes the Southern Baptist unite to bring Help, Healing and Hope to the Survivors. Over the next several days, weeks and months Southern Baptist will be in the midst of the efforts to assist in the recovery following the tornado in Oklahoma. Sam Porter, the Disaster Relief Director for Oklahoma via Conference call relayed His thanks, “Thanks for all your prayers and support. We are overwhelmed with all the concern and the prayers.” Porter went on to say that most of the town is still locked down as rescue efforts are still underway, but that Southern Baptist feeding efforts are up and running. On the day following the tornado Oklahoma Mass Care Volunteers prepared 2400 meals, the meal count for yesterday was projected to be 6700 meals.

This Tornado followed a track that was only a half mile from the major tornado that struck in 1999. Southern Baptist worked for many weeks then and the plan is to respond in the same compassionate way now. Fritz Wilson, Exec Director for Southern Baptist Disaster Relief reminded the State Directors, “This is a marathon not a sprint” this response will last for weeks or months. But patience is needed. Team will begin to be called from near by states and the calls will expand if the need grows.

Eddie Blackmon from the North American Mission Board (Formally of the Florida Baptist Convention), is in Oklahoma providing assistance in coordinating the feeding response. Eddie, will be assisting Oklahoma State Director over the following days in what ever way is needed. Currently, Disaster Relief Directors are asked not to send cloths and other donations (stuff as Sam Porter calls it), the need now is for Prayers and trained Volunteers.

Florida has offered several teams for assistance but as of now we are not scheduled to respond.

Please Continue to pray for those survivors and the scores of Volunteers who are working now.

Thanks you and God Bless,

Your Florida Baptist Disaster Relief Team

Our Apologizes

May 21, 2013 by

Earlier today we updated our web page with Information about the Oklahoma Tornado Response and an error took place. The provider for our web service put an advertisment on our page which was not in keeping with our Witness and belief. We have contacted the Provider and the advertisment has been removed. We are committed to keeping our site in order and we know it is a reflection of the Lord we serve. We thank you for your understanding in this matter, please continue to pray for us as we seek to reach the World for Christ.


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