Christian relief groups are poised for work as Hurricane Isabel threatens.

By September 19, 2003

USA (MNN)–Residents of the Outer Banks of North Carolina have been evacuated. Forty U.S. military ships left port at Norfolk, Virginia. Families all along the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coastline are hunkered down as this powerful storm comes ashore. Hurricane Isabel, a category 2 storm is predicted to cause extensive wind and flood damage to a widespread area.

From their east coast warehouse, Operation Blessing has a Hurricane Isabel contingency plan already in action.

OBI’s fleet of tractor trailer trucks and Disaster Response Team are staged and ready for distribution of tons of relief supplies such as bottled water, blankets, hygiene & cleaning supplies, baby supplies and food if Hurricane Isabel impacts the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast this week.

OBI is in contact with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and have made available their fleet of tractor-trailer refrigerated trucks to FEMA to transport relief supplies. In addition, OBI will partner with the Salvation Army and function as the transportation arm for their southeast region’s hurricane relief efforts.

Families are waiting out the storm now. The National Hurricane Center’s director Max Mayfield is advising residents “to expect to see extensive damage to a pretty large section of the country if the hurricane sticks to the forecast track.”

OBI has mobilized a team–including the fleet of refrigerated tractor-trailer trucks – that is staged to provide essential transportation of key relief product.

Their experienced drivers travel over one million miles each year, responding to hunger as well as floods, fires, hurricanes, terrorism and other disasters. As requests come in from emergency and government officials in the aftermath of Hurricane Isabel, we are poised to respond immediately.

OBI depends on donations to help thousands of families survive and rebuild after the devastating effects and loss caused by a disaster.

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