Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are making preparations to provide relief efforts when needed after hurricane Florence. The first teams that will be sent to help will come from congregations closer to the affected areas, then teams from outlying areas will be activated.
Leesburg Stake President Michael Ingalls received the request through the Southeast Area leadership of the Church. Elders Victor Patrick and Douglas B. Carter, area authorities in the Church, are coordinating the relief response for the Jacksonville and Orlando areas. President Ingalls said, “We are preparing to travel and help many who have come to help us in the past. The people of the Carolinas will not be left alone”.
A similar plan was activated following the storms of the 2017 Hurricane Season. Teams of members were sent to South Florida to assist with clean-up. Volunteers took their own camping equipment, food and supplies and headed to temporary “campgrounds” which had been set up at local churches. This allowed the emergency shelters and resources to be available for local residents.
The teams from our area who are preparing to assist with Hurricane Florence clean-up will come from congregations in Apopka, Belleview, Clermont, Eustis, Lecanto, Leesburg, Minneola, Sorrento and Sumterville. They will be recognizable by their yellow “Mormon Helping Hands” t-shirts.
As the volunteers prepare to be activated, trucks are already being loaded at the Bishop’s Storehouse in Atlanta filled with emergency supplies, materials, tools, chain saws and generators. All of the Bishop’s Storehouses in the Southeastern portion of the United States, including the Orlando Storehouse, will be available to provide additional supplies to the impacted areas during the weeks to come.