At least 80 volunteers on-the-ground already helping

MOORE, Okla. – With Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief teams already responding to severe weather from Sunday, May 19 in several locations, including Shawnee, Edmond and Little Axe, Oklahoma Baptists are today assisting with recovery efforts from the devastating tornado that hit Moore, Okla.

“Within moments of hearing of the destruction in Moore, we put together a rapid response volunteer team to help with the clean-up and recovery efforts,” said Sam Porter, Disaster Relief director for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO). “Our teams are on-the-ground now surveying the area and helping where we can be of most assistance.”

Since Sunday’s storms, at least 80 volunteers were deployed, including a mobile command center, a mobile kitchen and feeding units, chainsaw teams to help residents clear trees and debris, and about 10 chaplains on-the-ground to help victims with emotional trauma.

“We will not leave the sites affected until every family is served,” said Dr. Anthony L. Jordan, BGCO Executive Director-Treasurer.

Those interested in helping can make a tax-deductible donation to the BGCO’s Disaster Relief ministry, by visiting or calling (405) 942-3800. All monies go toward disaster relief and helping victims. For photos, information and updates, visit the Oklahoma Baptists’ blog at