BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – For the last five years, the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) World Missions’ goal was to create a disaster relief hub. Clergymen and church organizers from all over the state came together for the dedication of the warehouse that will be used for disaster response. 

“Mission is about helping each other. It’s so important because there are so many people that are in need, God is touching us to reach them,” said Pastor Lionel Sutton.

“Because of a warehouse like this of this size being able to have items already stored it allows us to be proactive, so now we can plan before a storm even comes,” said Disaster Relief Coordinator Pastor Philip Williams.

The warehouse will provide emergency assistance to the Southeast region of the country including Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas, and Florida. Williams says they plan on focusing on more rural communities. 

“Most rural areas don’t have transportation so even though bigger organizations that do come in they normally set up outside of the areas that are actually hit, so if they don’t have transportation how are they going to get those resources,” said Williams.

The old furniture store-turned warehouse is 25,000 square feet. Williams says they are going to need all hands on deck when it comes to the community. 

“We can plan before a storm even comes and have the items sitting there after the storm comes so that we can be first responders to our communities, that’s the key, that’s our main mission,” said Williams.

“This is August and you know and you know the Gulf usually gets ready around September so we don’t want to get ready, we want to be ready,” said Connie Brown.

The church is asking the community to help by dropping off non-perishable food, water, socks, blankets, toiletries, and other items to its disaster relief and emergency response collection efforts.

The warehouse is located at 8930 Plank Road.