The small community of Beauregard is facing the grief of at least 23 deaths, including children, after a tornado struck the southeastern Alabama community on Sunday afternoon (March 3).
Search efforts for about a dozen people who had not been accounted for were continuing Monday amid the debris.
Providence Baptist Church in Beauregard was serving as a Red Cross shelter and reunification point for families in the community.
“Disaster relief volunteers are hard at work already,” reported Mark Wakefield, disaster relief strategist with the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions.
Three Alabama DR teams are on site, with others on standby, Wakefield told Baptist Press from Providence Baptist Church.
One DR team was assisting in search and rescue, another was tarping roofs and the third was working with chainsaws to clear debris.
“The community is doing a phenomenal job” in rallying to help tornado survivors, Wakefield added. “Dozens and dozens and dozens, if not hundreds, of volunteers are showing up to help, or bringing supplies or bringing in heavy equipment.”
Despite the horror of such disasters, Wakefield said, “It’s remarkable to be in a place where people take care of each other.”
Providence Baptist posted on its website around noon: “Thank you for the response! We are at capacity today with supplies. If you would like to donate please give blood or give a monetary donation to Providence Baptist Church Disaster Relief or American Red Cross – Lee County.”
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Source: Baptist Press