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Dear HFI Reservist,

Twenty.four hours after the flooding, the reports continue to get more and more devastating.  As of tonight, 22 people are confirmed dead and many still unaccounted for.  

Hope Force had a team of Tennessee Reservists on the ground today.  The damage is so hard to take in, with some places looking more like a tornado came through than a flood.  Houses are ripped off their foundation and pushed 50 yards down the road.  The stories of rescues and emergency evacuations are simply overwhelming.  Waverly, TN is a very tight knit community, so the losses are very personal.  The people who are lost or missing are known by all in the community.  

Currently the reports are stating that 700 homes have been damaged in Waverly from the flooding.  We are also exploring a couple more nearby communities which have been impacted.  We are asking our HFI Reservists to deploy if you are able; if you cannot, to please consider giving to help this community that is suffering and in great need.  

As we walk in the aftermath of this flood event, we will need many hands on deck to muck out homes. We also need chaplains present as residents process, grieve, and recover.

If you can help, please: contact Connie Hasty immediately for more details: deployment@hopeforce.org


If you cannot go at this time, please consider giving to the response – and please pray for these efforts!

What You Need to Know:

  • Housing: We are still finalizing our housing. At the moment we have local Reservists able to house some people coming in.  We expect in the next couple days to have a location finalized.
  • Meals: Provided by Hope Force

What you need to do now:

  • Conduct a self-assessment: "Is this a good time for me to consider deploying?"
  • Pray about participating
  • If you may be available, please REPLY HERE  to this with the following:
  1. Name
  2. Email Address
  3. Cell Phone Number
  4. Date of availability (as best you know)
  • Prepare your deployment gear & supplies
  • Communicate with family, friends and employer about possible deployment.  NOTE:  They may even want to support you in this adventure. If they want a tax receipt, they can give online on the website and mark in "special notes":  (put your name in here) Tennessee Flood Deployment
  • Complete any unfinished paperwork immediately, including a background check, if you have not already done so with Hope Force. (Details to follow, after you notify us of your interest to go.)

Again, if you cannot go at this time, please consider giving to the response – and please pray for these efforts!