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Baptist disaster relief serving storm victims in Boswell, Glencoe & Sulphur areas

A trained volunteer with BGCO Disaster Relief works a chainsaw during relief efforts near Boswell. (Photo: Provided)

Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) disaster relief (DR) chain saw crews are working today in the Boswell, Glencoe and Sulphur areas after deadly tornadoes caused massive damage in those areas Monday evening. In addition to helping to clear debris

Posted in Press Release, Tornado

Baptist Relief springs into action after tornadoes

Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) Disaster Relief assessors are working today along the tracks of the tornadoes which swept across portions of the state yesterday to see where relief volunteers may provide assistance to those affected by the storms.

Posted in Press Release, Tornado

Okla. Baptists Relief seeks ways to help Canadians after devastating wildfires

OKLAHOMA CITY–After news of devastating wildfires of historic proportions that affected tens of thousands of residents of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) director Sam Porter says its operation is actively looking for ways to assist. “Oklahoma

Posted in Fire, Press Release

DR Crews Respond After Storms


Oklahoma Southern Baptist Disaster Relief crews responded to several areas of the state April 27 after severe storms cut a swath across the state the evening of April 26. Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Disaster Relief Director Sam Porter said

Posted in Tornado

OK Baptists responding to massive wildfire northwest of Woodward

Pictured is a BGCO Quick Response Feeding Unit. (Photo: Bob Nigh)

WOODWARD, Okla.—Oklahoma Southern Baptist Disaster Relief has dispatched its Quick Response Feeding Unit to an area northwest of Woodward, where firefighters are battling a large wildfire. “This trailer is specially designed for this type of wild fire recovery to feed

Posted in Fire, Press Release

March 30 Tornado Draws BGCO DR Response

Dennis Troyer with Oklahoma Baptist disaster relief unit works on cutting up a fallen tree in the Bridge Creek area. (Photo: David Crowell)

BGCO disaster relief assessors, chain saw crews, roof tarping crews and chaplains responded after a tornado struck in Tulsa and the surrounding area March 30. DR director Sam Porter said damage was “scattered across several miles.” Initial reports indicated seven

Posted in Tornado

Oklahoma Baptists continue to serve people in need after Thanksgiving ice storm


YUKON, Okla.—Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) chain saw, debris removal and other volunteer teams have continued to serve people affected by the Thanksgiving weekend ice storms that rocked Oklahoma. First Baptist Church of Yukon and Highland Hills Baptist Church of

Posted in Press Release, Winter Weather

Oklahoma Baptists Disaster Relief volunteers field hundreds of requests after ice storm

Disaster Relief volunteers work on multiple yards that were affected by the recent ice storm. (Photo: Chris Doyle)

OKLAHOMA CITY—The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s Disaster Relief (DR) organization have 70 trained volunteers helping Oklahomans affected by the recent ice storms in parts of Oklahoma. Sam Porter, BGCO Disaster Relief Director, said, “We have received a huge amount

Posted in Press Release, Volunteer Opportunity, Winter Weather

State DR trailers, leaders  pledged to S.C.

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers Dale Price (left) and Serge Renard, load a pallet of water headed for South Carolina to aid survivors of historic flooding in the state and neighboring North Carolina. Photo by Susan Whitley

In the wake of unprecedented flooding in South Carolina, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) Disaster Relief Director Sam Porter has offered assistance to South Carolina Baptist Convention leaders in the form of trained Blue Caps (Leaders/Instructors) and equipment to

Posted in Flood

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief Volunteers Begin to Serve Amid California Wildfires

Note: At this time, Oklahoma Baptists volunteers were not further activated in the response in California after all. For the latest information and future DR information, visit the website. SAN ANDREAS, Calif.—Today a team of Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers

Posted in Fire, Press Release
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