East Texas churches are always the first to offer help during any disaster. They were prepared with food, bedding and medical care. Even so the Baptist Convention of Texas acknowledges that statewide the overall response wasn't well organized. They strive this time to be ready. Dr. Allen reed said, "The Texas Baptist Convention is trying to help churches to be better coordinated in working together especially like if a disaster were to occur along the coast. Than we would be prepared to maybe reach out to those churches in that area to help them and vice versa."
At Fredonia Hill Baptist Church there's an emergency preparedness team. The church has always been the first stop for evacuees to get directions to the closest shelter. Now the church is prepared to be a shelter as well. David Cowee explained, "We're going to make sure we can handle them for the first 48 hours and take care of their needs until the red cross picks up and gets their things in line."