On May 20, 2013, an EF5 tornado destroyed Rebecca Vitsmun's home in Moore, OK, and almost killed her and her young son. Later, while standing in the ruins, she was interviewed by Wolf Blitzer in a clip that has since become famous. As he asked her repeatedly if she thanked the Lord for her survival, Rebecca answered with calm grace, "I'm actually an atheist."
Her experience as a disaster victim was a light-bulb moment for her. "I could see the difference between the infrastructure the religious community already has in place and that of the atheist community," she says. "It doesn't seem like our community is prepared to handle something like this should the religious institutions disappear overnight."
A short three years later, much has changed. Led by Rebecca, the Foundation Beyond Belief's first Humanist Disaster Recovery (HDR) Team had their initial deployment in January to an area of South Carolina ravaged by flooding from Hurricane Joaquin.
To find out more about the HDT Teams, go to our website at http://bit.ly/1IrbTs8