Billy Graham Rapid Response Team deploys to DeSoto County, Mississippi, Following Winter Storm Isaiah


CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 12, 2020 – A team of Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) chaplains are deploying to DeSoto County, Mississippi, alongside Samaritan’s Purse after Winter Storm Isaiah left devastation in its wake over the weekend. Chaplains are expected to arrive in the area Monday morning.

“The storm system over the weekend claimed at least 11 lives and our prayers are especially with these families during this tragic time,” said Josh Holland, assistant director of the RRT. “The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team will have a team of crisis-trained chaplains in DeSoto County to offer emotional and spiritual care to hundreds of people impacted by the tornadoes.”

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency after straight-line winds, tornadoes and torrential rains devastated the area and left nearly 6,000 people without power.

DeSoto is the first RRT deployment of 2020.

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About the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team:

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team was developed by Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It has since grown into an international network of chaplains in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia who are specifically trained to deal with crisis situations. They have deployed to more than 450 disaster sites across the globe, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.

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