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How Operation Blessing Is Preparing for Irma

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With us now is the head of Operation Blessing, Bill Horan.

This Irma is coming.

Are we positioned, ready to go in Florida?

Absolutely, Pat.

What you got?

Well, we've got our distribution hub, our storm

headquarters, right there in Ocala.

We've been there since September of 2004.

So we've got our warehouse well stocked.

I just talked to Steve O'Grady on the phone moments ago.

We've got 12 truckloads of water.

Each truckload has 35,000 bottles of water on board.

So we've got that ready and staged along

with food, diapers, hygiene stuff, all kinds of materials

and equipment

David and I are going down in the morning to Ocala.

And we'll be there before the storm comes.

And then during, we'll be well positioned

to help coordinate things afterwards.

How is this going to be different from Harvey?

Well, Harvey is--

Pat, I got to tell you.

I've been seeing a lot of storms in my life, nothing

like Harvey.

And it's like a nightmare that never ends.

Every morning you get up and it's like it starts over.

All that water is coming down from north Texas.

And they were still pulling people

off rooftops in some places yesterday.

It's so widespread.

I've never seen anything like it in my life.

So we expect--

I think the flooding, by far, is the worst

thing that's happened to Texas.

It's going to be the wind, and of course

the water on the ocean front, this tide surge.

I was there, as I say, that big one that

hit Florida a few years ago that was so devastating.

They had actually tornadoes inside of the hurricane.

And they went up to 210 miles an hour.

And it just ripped everything to pieces.

And that's what Irma's supposed to do.

They say it's so--

it's so big we can't even conceive

of anything that enormous.

They say the eye is 23 miles in diameter.

180 plus mile an hour winds for 35 hours now as of 5:00 AM

this morning.

Can you imagine the amount of water that's pushing, Pat?

I mean, that's so flat down there.

We really need to pray for the people in Florida.

Well, Puerto Rico, part of it, may

be without power for as much as four to six months?

Have you heard about Puerto Rico?

Well, of course, they're bankrupt, you know.

I know they're bankrupt.

And Zika is all over the place, mosquitoes.

Mentioning mosquitoes, when we were down in Rockport

on Saturday, we had 870 volunteers helping homeowners

down there.

And mosquitoes were swarming.

Man, I mean, they were thirsty.

They were biting everybody.

So you've got all that going on in Puerto Rico.

And there's no telling now-- fortunately,

the storm clocked a couple of degrees north,

so they didn't get the full brunt it looks like.

I'm sure--

Where is it going?

Do we know the track yet of Irma or where it's going to--

Well, the big thing is where and when is it

going to make its turn north.

And there's all the tracks-- the spaghetti tracks and all that--

it's still looking like it's going to barrel right

into the keys and into South Florida, Miami and that area.

But it could be over in the interior of the state.

And heaven help them if it does that.

It'll be like splitting the goalposts

and both coasts will get it.

But it could turn sooner or it could turn later.

Is there any chance that the thing will jump into the Gulf,

do you think?

There's about a 10% chance, they're saying.

Is that it?

And again, it's all depending on when it pivots and goes


So boy, that would be something if it comes back into the Gulf.

Well, this is a category five.

It's the biggest one, I think, to come off the Atlantic

in the history of America.

What do you think?

I mean, these are disasters of biblical proportions

one right after the other like body

blows to the United States.

Yeah, I don't know.

Pat, I don't spill a lot of fuel wondering why.

We're just living day by day now.

But just think, it formed in the Atlantic to that intensity.

And now it's in the Caribbean.

It's even warmer water.

So they're hoping it'll back off to a four

by the time it gets to Florida.

But it could crank right back up to a five.

You know, Operation Blessing has been--

it's been recognized along the way.

But there was a special gift that Operation Blessing

got the other day to help in this disaster relief.

You want to talk about it?

Well, we were honored to be one

of 12 recipients of cash from the President

and his wife, personal money.

And we just feel very--

we're very pleased with that and very honored

that the President thinks that much of Operation Blessing.

It was nice.

He gave a million dollars of his own money, didn't he?

Yeah, he sure did.

He put his money where his mouth is.

Yeah, $25,000 going to Operation Blessing.

Yes, sir.

Hey, that's nice.

What are you going to do with it?

Well, we'll put it to good use.

I'll guarantee you that.


Well, Bill, you're doing a great job.

You've got the volunteers ready to go.

Will they be able to move in Florida?

I mean, will the roads will be so jammed they can't move?

There was a problem in Texas just

getting through all that water.

Yeah, that's going to be one of the big challenges, Pat,

is logistics, traffic jams.

And there's just no telling what's going to happen there.

We're as prepared as you can be.

Right now, we have served--

are serving or have served--

10 different communities in Texas.

That whole coast, all the way from Rockport all the way

over to Port Arthur and in between,

we're making cash grants to the real action oriented

churches that are really helping the folks over there.

We've got truckloads of food and water going down there.

Jody's down there with our team.

We're running volunteer operations

in three different communities right now.

So here comes Irma, but we're ready as we can be.


Bill Horan.

Ladies and gentlemen, for Operation Blessing,

if you want to participate, they need your money.

They need help.

And it's easy to remember.

Operation Blessing emergency relief effort,

it's CBN Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23463.

Or you can call on the telephone.

And the phone is so easy to remember.

It's 700-7000, 700-7000.

But I mean, this is one of the great charities, frankly.

It's one of the most efficient, if not, perhaps,

the most efficient in the nation.

And I'm just really thrilled.

Bill, you're doing a terrific job.

God bless you, man.

Thank you, Pat.

And God bless you.



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