American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

Hurricane Response
Information Page


Welcome to the
ABCOPAD Hurricane Response
Information Page

These website pages are designed to highlight current news about our response to recent hurricanes in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Features include news about our regional and denominational efforts to meet the needs of our sisters and brothers in these affected areas.


October 12, 2017

Message from Pastor Frank Frischkorn &
Mark Mahserjian-Smith

From September 28 – October 4, I had a chance to travel to Texas and Louisiana working on ABCOPAD’s response to the recent hurricanes.

Leadership: (Mark)

While in Texas, I joined Rev. Tim Schwartz, one of our ABCOPAD Pastoral Leaders who has extensive experience both in disaster relief and with the greater Houston / Galveston Community. Pastor Tim served six years as a disaster relief coordinator in Galveston, TX . As a result, he has connections with existing disaster relief coordinators, contractors, local churches, and many other resources in the area. ABCOPAD will be partnering with Pastor Tim to help us coordinate our Disaster Relief response as well as lead teams serving in Texas and Louisiana. During our time in Texas, Pastor Tim and I were able to connect with leaders identifying work needs, possible housing for mission teams, as well as discovering a variety of ways our Region can assist those in need.

Donations of money and time:


During the month of September ABCOPAD received over $61,000.00 for Hurricane Disaster Relief. Of that $61,000.00, approximately $34k was designated for National response to the One Great Hour of Sharing Hurricane and Disaster Relief. Approximately $27k was designated for the ABCOPAD Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund. ABCOPAD (as a Region) continues to serve by both supporting our ABC National response to recent disasters as well as leading the way in sending mission teams who can serve as the hands and feet of Jesus in the recovery process.


The $27,000 retained by ABCOPAD will be used to support mission teams traveling to Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and Puerto Rico to help those in need. Volunteer teams are very valuable in the disaster relief effort. The estimated cost of mudding out a home is between $8000-$12,000. On the web site ( the following estimate is provided: If an entire house is flooded with storm water, the National Flood Insurance Program provides a flood damage simulator [2] to predict the total cost based on the height of the water. For 1-4 inches of water, the estimated cost is $7,800. For 9-12 inches, the estimate is $18,930. At 18 inches, the estimated cost is $26,285. Abbotts Fire and Flood Clean Up and Restoration ( costs/) offers this estimate on their web site. Homeowners spend between $2,500 and $3,500 for water removal and an added $2,000-$3,000 to repair water damage. So the cost of recovering from a flooded basement could run between $4,500 and $6,500, if everything goes just right and not including abatement and remediation costs if mold sets in. And remember, these costs can vary greatly. This just gives you a picture of how costs can mount from even a modest water incursion.

Keep in mind the water from a hurricane is considered highly toxic often containing raw sewage and chemicals making clean up much more expensive. Also, normally mold has already begun to grow demanding mold remediation. When a team helps a homeowner clear their home, the homeowner saves between $8k - $12k. If the homeowner had flood insurance, this means more dollars can be used for rebuilding. If the homeowner did not have flood insurance, having an outside contractor (such as Servpro or Abbotts) is often un-affordable. In the case of our recent trip to Lake Charles, we assisted Bob Alford with a team of 10 people working for two days removing all the sheet-rock from his home floor to ceiling as well as flooring, appliances, and fixtures. The team probably saved Mr. Alford around 10k of his insurance settlement that he will now be able to use to rebuild his house. Helping volunteer teams serve in disaster stricken areas is extremely valuable and an excellent way to maximize resources.

Long term recovery: (Frank)

ABCOPAD Staff recognize the recovery process will be a long term endeavor. Just this year teams serving in New Jersey doing Hurricane Sandy Disaster recognized the 5 year anniversary of the storm. Recovery efforts continue in New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina. Long after the media have forgotten the disasters of Hurricane Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate, ABCOPAD will continue to help those in need. Often, it is the help that comes months or even years following the storm that is the most significant. After most assistance efforts have left the area, struggling families are left feeling forgotten, ignored, frustrated and depressed. ABCOPAD has brought encouragement, comfort and hope in many of these situations. Even if your team can not serve immediately, there will many opportunities to help in the coming days. Read more HERE  


If you would like to help support our Hurricane Disaster Relief teams, you can donate to the ABCOPAD Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund. Please note: This is different than the national One Great Hour of Sharing Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund.


Donations can be made online HERE

NOTE: You must select ABCOPAD Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund to specify that your contribution is to remain in ABCOPAD to help support our Regional Volunteer Teams. Otherwise, the funds will be directed to the national disaster relief effort.


You can send contributions to the ABCOPAD Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund through your church's regular mission remittance. Your check can be made out to your church, with a note on the memo line: ABCOPAD Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund

NOTE: Church Treasurers should simply indicate on the remittance form there is a donation to the ABCOPAD Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund. 



You can also send direct/personal contributions to:

P.O. Box 421
Hatboro, PA 19040

NOTE: Checks should be made out to: ABCOPAD Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund  Also, mention your church and city if you wish your gift to be credited to your congregation's overall giving.


12/13/2017 - Puerto Rico Receives Additional Funds
11/1/2017   - Stand In The Gap
10/20/2017 - ABHMS Continues to Support Restoration
10/12/2017 - ABCOPAD Hurricane Update
10/12/2017 - Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief - Mission Team Nov 17
 9/29/2017 - Rebuilding, Restoring , Renewing Puerto Rico
 9/26/2017 - ABHMS Coordinates Support with Puerto Rico
 9/25/2017 - ABC Puerto Rico Update from the General Secretary
 9/25/2017 - ABHMS Disaster Response Travelogue
 9/25/2017 - ABCOPAD Hurricane Disaster Relief Update Sept 25
 9/23/2017 - In Between Hurricanes
 9/23/2017 - ABHMS Pledges to Rebuild, Restore, Renew Puerto Rico
 9/13/2017 - ABCOPAD Hurricane Relief Fund
 8/31/2017 - OGHS Hurricane Harvey Relief
 8/28/2017 - Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief
 8/28/2017 - Hurricane Harvey