CHARLOTTE, NC — The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) has deployed to Valdosta, Georgia, after Hurricane Idalia caused massive flooding that has impacted close to 500 homes in the Valdosta area.
The team of crisis-trained chaplains is working in conjunction with disaster relief organization Samaritan’s Purse to help meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those impacted by these severe storms.
BG-RRT chaplains are now providing emotional and spiritual support in six locations:
- Valdosta, Georgia (Hurricane Idalia)
- Taylor County, Florida (Hurricane Idalia)
- Pasco County, Florida (Hurricane Idalia)
- Maui, Hawaii (wildfires)
- Spokane, Washington (wildfires)
- Ukraine (conflict)
About the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team was developed by Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It has since grown into an international network of chaplains in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia who are specifically trained to deal with crisis situations. They have deployed to more than 760 disaster sites across the globe, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.
- Josh Holland, international director of the BG-RRT
- Chaplain coordinators in Valdosta, Georgia
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