Oklahoma Baptists prepare to aid flood victims in the Carolinas
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are preparing to head to South Carolina and North Carolina to help victims of unprecedented flooding.
Sam Porter, director of Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Disaster Relief, offered assistance to South Carolina Baptist Convention leaders in the form of trained "Blue Caps," disaster relief leaders and instructors. According to a convention news release, Porter also offered equipment to help with the clean-up efforts in the Palmetto State.
In a statement included in the news release, Porter said officials expect it to take at least a week for floodwaters to recede before recovery efforts can commence.
When that occurs, he said the Oklahoma Baptist convention initially would send the convention's maintained mud-out unit and the Union Association mud-out unit — both of which are large trailers fully loaded with the tools and equipment necessary to clean-out homes and structures to prevent mold from growing — and two "Blue Caps" for each trailer.
“We have offered the assistance of our Blue Caps to work with college students and other spontaneous untrained volunteers,” Porter said. “We have 17 trained flood recovery/mud-out Blue Caps in Oklahoma, and will rotate two-person teams out every seven to 10 days. We will provide assistance at least through Thanksgiving.”
Randy Creamer, the South Carolina Convention’s disaster relief director, said 70 percent of his trained volunteers had their own homes flooded, so they are in dire need of assistance.
After participating in a video conference call with other state directors on Wednesday, Oct. 7, Porter said other state conventions also are responding, with North Carolina taking a four-county area around Myrtle Beach, Ala., setting up feeding operations in the Columbia area and Georgia setting up in the Charleston area along the coast.
“They are setting up a split Incident Command center between Charleston and Columbia to handle the response,” he said.
For more information about supporting Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief, go to www.okdisasterhelp.org.
Posted by Carla Hinton