ERTs needed in Alabama, Florida after Hurricane Sally

David Burke


Early Response Teams from the Great Plains Conference are needed in mid-October in Alabama and Florida for work in the wake of Hurricane Sally.

Hurricane Sally has caused damaged throughout the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Photo by the Rev. Bobbie Lassiter, AWFC.
The Rev. Hollie Tapley, disaster response coordinator for the Great Plains Conference, said workers are needed there from Oct. 19-23, with two days of travel before and two days of travel after.

An Alabama native, Tapley estimates a 17-plus hour drive to get to the affected areas.

“It’s going to be muckouts, debris removal,” Tapley said. “We won’t know the exact location until we know how many are going and that will determine where (the Alabama-West Florida Conference disaster response coordinator) sends us.”

Tapley is encouraging carpools to the site and will try to assist those planning to travel together.

Licensed ERTs should have been contacted by Tapley, but she can be emailed at

Hurricane Sally drenched Alabama and Florida with more than 2 feet of rain in some places and left more than 320,000 businesses and homes without power.
“It could still be weeks before electricity is restored,” Tapley said.

In a Facebook Live video, Alabama-West Florida Bishop David Graves urged those in his conference to be resilient.

“2020 has been a year that has given and given – and not given in good ways. We’ve faced the storms of COVID … and there’s multiple things around our culture that we’re dealing with,” Bishop Graves said. “We live in the midst of a broken world and, good friends, we also serve a risen Savior.”

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