Louisiana and Mississippi / (Hurricane Isaac) / 55,000 Meals over 11 Days

Via Reuters: Hurricane Isaac has caused up to $1 billion in economic losses for offshore energy properties and up to $1.5 billion in insured losses onshore in Louisiana and neighboring states, disaster modeler Eqecat said on Wednesday.

Within days, OBR volunteers from neighboring states were on the scene setting up in St. Bernard Parish and teaming up with Operation Blessing International. Several days later, a second location was opened in Louisiana as well as a location in Mississippi. After 11 days, 49,000 meals were served in Louisiana, and an additional 6000 meals were served in six days in Mississippi for a total of 55,000.

Sponsors:

The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint, CitiIMPACT Ministries (IMPACT Ministries), Operation Blessing International, Illinois BBQ Alliance, Head Country, 17th Street Bar & Grill.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado (Fire) / 1,700 Meals over 3 Days

The Waldo Canyon Fire was a forest fire that started approximately four miles northwest of Colorado Springs on June 23, 2012, and one mile from a western neighborhood. It was declared 100% contained on July 10, 2012, after no smoke plumes were visible on a small portion of the containment line on Blodgett Peak.

The fire had caused the evacuation of over 32,000 residents of Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and Woodland Park, several small mountain communities along the southwestern side of Highway 24, and partial evacuation of the United States Air Force Academy. Approximately 346 homes were destroyed by the fire. U.S. Highway 24, a major east-west road, was closed in both directions.

At the beginning of July, OBR volunteers were on the scene but faced a new unique challenge. How do you cook barbeque in the middle of a forest fire? After all, we didn’t want to start another fire. Well, the answer this time was propane. It was not ideal, but since they couldn’t have wood fires burning, the OBR teams needed to compromise. Once the operation was completed 3 days later, OBR volunteers had cooked 1700 meals for first responders and victims.

OBR Participants:

Cory Sisto, Jordan Sisto, William Ledford, David Forney, Brian Nevel

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Royse City, Texas (Tornado) / 2,500 Meals over 3 Days

Several strong to mostly weak tornadoes touched down near Dallas and Fort Worth and points east. This included an EF-3 in Forney, Texas, which devastated the Diamond Creek subdivision and a school in town. It was estimated on April 5 that over 1100 homes were damaged in the outbreak, including at least 349 that were destroyed. Remarkably, despite hitting heavily populated areas, no one was killed and very few people were injured.

OBR volunteers setup at Bootleg BBQ in Royse City. Larry Newberry shut down his operation and turned it into a relief command post, forsaking any business of his own for the week. His location is the first spot in Texas where Operation BBQ Relief has set up, and as such, we left the OBR banner hanging inside his business for all customers coming in to see.

During the three day relief operation, OBR volunteers served just over 2500 meals to tornado victims and first responders. This operation marked the 8th state in which OBR volunteers have cooked meals. It also put the total number of hot meals served by OBR since its inception in Joplin, MO, in May 2011 at over 150,000 meals.

Sponsors:

Interstate Batteries, Stubbs BBQ Sauce, Western Wood Company,

BBQ Teams involved included:

Big Fish BBQ, VFW Post 5076,

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Dexter, Michigan (Tornado) / 2,300 Meals over 3 Days

The EF-3 tornado left a path seven miles long and nearly half a mile wide. It left large amounts of destruction, but fortunately, there were no deaths or serious injuries attributed to the storm.

The tornado hit at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, and by 3 p.m. on Friday, OBR volunteers were setting up and preparing to get meals out. The three day operation totaled 2300 meals served to tornado victims, volunteers and emergency response personnel.

SPONSORS:

LaFontaine Chevrolet, Busch’s supermarket, Sysco in Canton, Sams Club in Ypsilanti, Costco, Meijer in Dexter, Great Harvest Bakery, Country Market, Lockharts BBQ in Royal Oak

OBR Participants:

Steve Coddington, Steven Fennelly, Tom Earl, Bruce Bissonnette, Mike Terry, Kenn Earl, Mark McPherson, Rich Parker, Jim Mobley, Dick Bourdow, Mike Mather, Genise Davis, Bruce Mcenroe, Scott Fischer, Jason & kerri Winne

BBQ Teams involved included:

Slowburn Catering, Full Metal BBQ, IBQ’n, Rubbed, Sauced and Smoked, Bavarian Smoke, Scotts Pig Roast

We apologize if you or your company is not listed. Things can get crazy during a deployment, and we do the best we can to keep track of all the great volunteers and businesses who help make OBR happen.  If you or your company is not listed, please let us know so we can add you to the list.  Email us at  info@operationbbqrelief.org.

Kansas, Illinois, Indiana (Tornado) / 15,500 Meals over 9 Days

Disaster: As many as 17 tornadoes across multiple states Classification: EF-2 Harveyville, KS; EF-4 Harrisburg, IL; EF-4 Marysville, IN Casualties: Harveyville, KS: Eight or nine people injured, 40%-60% of the town destroyed Harrisburg, IL: Six people dead and 100 injured, 250-300 buildings damaged or destroyed Marysville, IN Area:  14 dead, hundreds injured. Nearly every home in Marysville was either destroyed or damaged. Nearby Henryville, IN, suffered significant damage as well. On the evening of February 29th, numerous tornadoes ripped across the Midwest causing widespread damage. Suspected tornadoes killed 14, as the powerful storms ripped through the Midwest, obliterating homes, churches and businesses across six states.

Within thirty six hours of tornados touching down, OBR volunteers from the Kansas City area were in downstate Harrisburg, IL. Joining up with a team from the 17th Street Bar & Grill, a local BBQ restaurant in nearby Murphysboro, IL, they once again began cooking hot meals for displaced residents and first responders.

The National Weather Service reported that on Friday night, March 2nd, two tornadoes, one an EF-4 packing 175 mph winds, hit Henryville, IN an area north of Louisville, KY. The first was on the ground for 52 miles and measured about 150 yards wide. A second, smaller tornado passed through the town a short while later. Taylor Farms Smokehouse in Tennessee, which had previously worked with OBR in Joplin, responded on Saturday to Marysville, IN which was almost obliterated by tornados the previous night.

Monitoring the situation in Harveyville, KS, OBR teams responded on Saturday, after officials allowed non-residents into the town.

This was the first time that OBR had provided disaster relief in three states simultaneously.

Apprised of the extent of the damages to the surrounding communities, the team from Harrisburg finished up and continued on to Marysville to provide additional assistance.

In a surprise twist on Tuesday, a group of volunteers from Joplin, MO unexpectedly showed up to assist in Marysville, IN. As one of the members said, “We are here to help payback what was paid to us.”

When Operation BBQ Relief finally ended operations after 9 long days and nights, OBR volunteers had traveled 1500 miles and cooked over 1800 meals in Harveyville, KS; 5200 meals in Harrisburg, IL; and 7500 meals in Marysville, IN.

Jefferson County, Alabama (Tornado) / 5,700 Meals over 4 Days

The National Weather Service said at least six different tornadoes skipped across central Alabama, causing damage across a wide area. The strongest hit Jefferson County, with winds up to 150 MPH. The first tornado, an EF-2 with 130 MPH winds, left a path of destruction 880 yards wide and 13 miles long, killing one man. The second tornado to hit Jefferson County, an EF-3 with 150 MPH winds, stayed on the ground for 22 minutes and killed a 16-year-old girl.

Within 48 hours, Competition BBQ teams from Operation BBQ Relief were setting up in the parking lot of Clearview Baptist Church in Pinson, Alabama. Even though other disaster relief organizations didn’t think the need was there, OBR managed to feed 5,700 hot meals to weary first responders and tornado victims.

Sponsors:Bub-Ba-Que, Red Diamond Tea, Wood Fruitticher Food Service Distribution, Royal Oak, Grace Kitchen, Max Packaging, St. Joseph’s Anglican Church, The Masons Clay Lodge, Academy Sports, Evans Meat, National BBQ News, Grissom High School, Clearview Baptist Church

OBR Participants:

Lynn Entrekin, Scott Gorham, Gary Lanton, Dionn Lanton, Kell Phelps, Baily Phelps, Michael Gochnour, Jody Harris, Steve Chatham, Heath Fant, Conner Sullivan, Annett Davis, Charles Webster, Carolyn Webster

BBQ Teams involved included:

Spices Smokehouse, Holy Smokes BBQ Team, National BBQ News

We apologize if you or your company is not listed. Things can get crazy during a deployment, and we do the best we can to keep track of all the great volunteers and businesses who help make OBR happen.  If you or your company is not listed please let us know so we can add you to the list.  Email us at  info@operationbbqrelief.org.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (Flooding) / 5,000 Meals over 3 Days

Hurricane Irene swept through the Caribbean and eastern portion of the United States, flooding several areas from North Carolina to Maine. Then soon after Tropical Storm Lee soaked the Midwest then the Northeast, leaving many inches of rain and leading to the worst flooding in Pennsylvania in 40 years.

Teams from Operation BBQ Relief setup in the parking lot at Walmart off of HWY 322 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In three days, Operation BBQ Relief volunteers distributed over 5000 meals to displaced residents and first responders.

We apologize if you or your company is not listed. Things can get crazy during a deployment, and we do the best we can to keep track of all the great volunteers and businesses who help make OBR happen.  If you or your company is not listed, please let us know so we can add you to the list.  Email us at info@operationbbqrelief.org.

Joplin, Missouri (Tornado) / 120,000 Meals over 11 Days

On Sunday evening, May 22, 2011, a massive multi-vortex EF-5 tornado plowed through the southwest Missouri community of about 50,000 residents, killing 156 people and injuring more than 1000. It left a path of almost total destruction six miles long and over half a mile wide. It is now classified as the second deadliest tornado in U.S. history. In the wake of this nearly unprecedented destruction, competition barbecue teams from eight states answered the call to help feed displaced families and emergency personnel, including police, fire and the National Guard. The group, headed by Stan Hays (County Line Smokers), Jeff Stith (Big Creek BBQ) and Will Cleaver (Sticks N Chicks BBQ), was able to serve over 120,000 barbecue meals in less than two weeks during the operation in Joplin. Food was served from our location in the community and delivered to shelters, hospitals, senior living communities and the Humane Society. Volunteers also loaded food into vehicles and delivered directly to families in the impacted areas within the tornado’s footprint. The operation was made possible by many businesses who contributed food and supplies and people from across the country who donated cash. As a result of efforts in Joplin, Operation BBQ Relief was born. The Joplin operation will be used as a model for future disasters such as hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, floods and other tornadoes.

BBQ Teams Involved:

BBQ Teams involved included: Bigbee’s BBQ, Big Creek BBQ, Meats in Paradise, Big Fish BBQ, Porkin’ Ain’t Easy, Early Bird BBQ, Smokin’ Hicks BBQ, DanD BBQ, Big Bad Dad BBQ, Porky McBeef and the Cluckers, Holy Smokes BBQ , Baldin’ Smokin’ Banditos, SmokerBuilder.com, Naughty Nurses BBQ, Get Ya Some, Git Your Pig On, Knotheads BBQ, GreatQ4U!, Bandit BBQ, Smokin’ Bad Habit BBQ, Sticks-n-Chicks BBQ, Big Pig Smokin’, Smokin’ Butts, Ayers Pit Crew, Ribs4U, Smoke On Wheels, Sauced-N-Smokin, Sloppy’s Backwoods Smokers, Slabba Dabba Doo, Funny Farm BBQ, Everything But Hooves, Hair, & Horns (EBH3), Oakridge BBQ, Smokin’ BBQ Boys, Caveman Cuisine, Half Sauced Barbeque, Red,White & Blue BBQ, Taylor Farms Smokehouse LLC, CRAMERQUE, County Line Smokers, MooCow BBQ, Smoke-N-Honor, Bert’s Barbecue, Team Overserved, TheSlabs.c

Volunteers:

Aaron Black, Andrew Korbesmeyer, Anna, Mark & Brad Sturdefant, April Hepko, Barbara Whitlock, Beth Bigby, Beth Karriker, Bryan McLarty, Buffie Brinkerhoff, Chet Anderson, Chip Caraway, Chris Early, Chris Mueller, Chrissy Schmidt, Craig & Patty Kidwell, Dan Duncan, Darin Cram, Dave Elliott, Dionn & Gary Lanton, Elizabeth Kratochvil, Eric Westervelt, Frank Cox, Frank Schaffer, Gary & Gerry Benham, Greg & Kristi Powers, Heather Johns, Heather Keith, Jack Karriker, Jake Early, Jana Early, Jason Summers, Jeff Hughes, Jeff Johnson, Jeff Pickman, Jeff, Tammy & Taylor Stith, Jerry Shipe, Jim Altic, Jim Knepper, Jim Rhino, Jim Sturm, Jim & Jerri Bigby, John Buschmann, John Hochscheid, Jon Orr, Jon Stinson, Jon Tupper, Judy Thompson, Justin Ayers, Kathryn Coltrin, Kathy Waller, Kay Brewster, Kaylin Groneman, Kelly Cain, Kimberly Groneman, Kurt Schwab, Larry & Joyce Mickels, Lauren Groneman, Lee Keith, Lee Thompson, Lon Campbell, Lori Graham, Lynda Johnson, Mandy Johnson, Manuel & Dawn Pruneda, Marc Matthews, Mark Ribblett, Mark & Haley Zimmerman, Mathew Amezaga, Michael Curry, Michael Trump, Michelle Higgins, Mike Espey, Nick Early, Nicole & Chad Backermam, Randall & Andrea Heimgartner, Rhonda Ray, Richard Allen, Rick Sage, Robert Kee, Robert (Ed) Taylor, Robert Lee Johnson, Rodney Cramer, Samuel Kratochvil, Sandy Meinders, Scott Seal, Shane Petzold, Sherry Cramer, Stan Hays, Stel Steller, Steve Stealey, Susan Kratochvil, Taylor Johnson, Terry Kratochvil, Tim Bert, Tim Gray, Todd Johns, Troy Enke, Valerie Wilson, Vern Guilford, Walt Coltrin, Will Cleaver.

Corporate Support:

Sam’s Club, OK Foods, Stubbs BBQ, Farmers Insurance, Taylor Farms Smokehouse, Tyson Foods, Hostess, Dolly Madison, BBQr’s Delight, Pepsi, Target, Head Country, Kosmo’s BBQ, Butcher BBQ, Plowboys BBQ, TheSlabs.com, Ott’s, Smoky Mountain Smokers, Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ, Smoke Me BBQ Wood, McCormick Distillery, Bandana’s BBQ, Royal Oak, Kookers Kare, Great Lakes BBQ Association, the employees of Joplin Golden Corral and the employees of Carthage Lowe’s. In addition, many, many people from across the United States sent cash donations to help make this mobilization possible.

We apologize if you or your company is not listed, things can get crazy during a deployment, and we do the best we can to keep track of all the great volunteers and businesses who help make OBR happen. If you or your company is not listed, please let us know so we can add you to the list. Email us at info@operationbbqrelief.org.