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OK Baptist Disaster Relief prepares to send teams to Florida

DR volunteers prepare food in the large feeding unit, which is stationed in The Woodlands, just outside of Houston. [Photo by Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma]
DR volunteers prepare food in the large feeding unit, which is stationed in The Woodlands, just outside of Houston. [Photo by Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma]
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief continues to take an active role in the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, preparing 10,000 meals a day that are served to evacuees at the Houston Convention Center.

In addition, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief teams are  on standby to serve in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

The disaster relief command center is currently stationed in Portland, Texas, and Oklahoma Baptists have provided relief efforts in communities and towns across north Houston including Rockport, Fulton, Taft, Bayside, Corpus Christi, Woodsboro, Refugio, Aransas Pass, Ingleside, Gregory, Spring and The Woodlands.

“Currently there are about 92 Oklahoma Baptists on the ground in Houston. We have chainsaw and 'mud-out' teams stripping the walls of homes that were flooded. There are almost 500 work orders our assessors have collected, and we have completed about 100 of those jobs so far,” Don Williams, state director of disaster relief for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, said in a news release.

Williams also said disaster relief is on standby to send teams to Florida to feed first responders such as Oklahoma Highway Patrol and fire departments that will begin relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Irma.

Williams said he expects long-term recovery for residents affected by both Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida.

Alan Quigley, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma mobilization team leader, prays with Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief Director Don Williams and a homeowner in the Houston area. [Photo by Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma]
Alan Quigley, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma mobilization team leader, prays with Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief Director Don Williams and a homeowner in the Houston area. [Photo by Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma]


"Disasters happen individually and locally. There is tremendous damage in both locations that needs to be taken care of, and that is what Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief is all about. We serve people to show God's love,"he said.

For the latest updates, or to make a tax-deductible donation to Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief, go to  www.OKDisasterHelp.org.

Posted by Carla Hinton

Religion Editor

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DR volunteers prepare food in the large feeding unit, which is stationed in The Woodlands, just outside of Houston. [Photo by Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma]

DR volunteers prepare food in the large feeding unit, which is stationed in The Woodlands, just outside of Houston. [Photo by Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma]

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Carla Hinton

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide... Read more ›

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