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POSTED: June 2, 2007 5:02 a.m.
Assistant Liberty County Administrator Bob Sprinkel talked about his work with the Georgia Baptist disaster relief program during this week’s Rotary Club meeting.
In the event of a flood, tornado, hurricane or any other disastrous event, this volunteer organization travels to national and international locations to come to the aid of those in need, Sprinkel said. Also he has about 150 volunteers at his disposal who he can call upon during the event of an emergency.
The Georgia Baptists partner with the Southern Baptist Convention, the Red Cross or the Salvation Army to achieve the goals of providing food, water, shelter, clothes and counseling to disaster victims.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Sprinkel and his crew housed 200 to 300 displaced children for 23 days to keep them fed and dry.
The GA Baptists have different teams to begin to restore a state of normality to an area including cleanup and recovery, communication and feeding teams.
“Our feeding teams will serve lunch and dinner and we can deliver up to 5,000 meals a day, and during Katrina, we fed over 1.2 million people,” he said.
Currently, his organization is working on having the means to establish a water purification station at every disaster site.
 

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