Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief Volunteers Clear Guthrie Home Sites of Ash


UPDATE: Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief was informed that feeding units previously requested in Woodward are no longer needed. Related to Guthrie relief efforts, more than two dozen requests have been received for home site clean-up to date. GUTHRIE—Of the many

Posted in Fire, Press Release

Oklahoma Baptists’ Disaster Relief helps in Guthrie after fires

On Monday, May 5, volunteers with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma's Disaster Relief operation unload supplies for the hundreds of meals they will prepare for first responders and others who are serving in the Guthrie area. From left, volunteers are Brad Biddy, Larry Fordyce and Bill White. (Photo: Jonathan Burkhart)

EDMOND—The Disaster Relief organization of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) is involved in the response to the wildfires in the Guthrie area. According to Dave Karr, deployment coordinator for the BGCO, volunteers are preparing hundreds of meals today

Posted in Fire, Press Release

Oklahoma Baptists’ Disaster Relief active in response, assessment after tornadoes

OKLAHOMA CITY—Following the April 27 tornadoes that caused death and destruction in Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma, the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s Disaster Relief organization’s trained volunteers are at work, assessing damage and finding ways to serve. “Our hearts are heavy

Posted in Press Release, Tornado

Oklahoma Baptists give $500k to Moore Public Schools for 1,600-person storm shelter at Central Elementary/Junior High

From left, Dr. Robert Romines, Superintendent of Moore Public Schools, receives a $500,000 check from Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief Director Sam Porter and Executive Director-Treasurer Dr. Anthony L. Jordan. The funds, which were presented on April 23, will help build a 1,600-person storm shelter at Central Elementary/Junior High in Moore. (Photo: Michael Davis, BGCO)

MOORE, Okla.–The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s (BGCO) Disaster Relief organization presented a $500,000 donation on Wednesday to the Moore Public Schools to build a 1,600-person storm shelter at a school in Moore. The BGCO, which has an ongoing involvement

Posted in Press Release, Tornado

Oklahoma Baptist disaster relief volunteers ready for action again

OKLAHOMA CITY–After Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) volunteer chain saw teams just completed storm debris removal for more than 500 families affected by the December 2013 ice storm, crews are again ready for action. Sam Porter, disaster relief director for

Posted in Winter Weather

Sheltered by love!

Eight months after an eventual EF-5 tornado  touched down west of Newcastle and roared northeastward for 17 miles during a 39-minute reign of terror that ripped through the heart of Moore, Sam Porter is close to seeing his dream of

Posted in Tornado

Oklahoma Baptists Disaster Volunteers on Standby for Winter Weather

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—With weather reports projecting a potential major ice storm for parts of Oklahoma, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) Disaster Relief Director Sam Porter alerted teams of its volunteers to be on standby. “We will be placing our

Posted in Press Release, Winter Weather

Shifting gears in the Philippines disaster response


The Baptist Global Response (BGR) Rapid Assistance Team is nearly done identifying communities that need assistance after Typhoon Haiyan and meeting immediate survival needs. It’s time to shift gears toward a longer-term response. Now a Disaster Assessment and Response Team

Posted in Flood, Typhoon

Typhoon crisis in the Philippines


Dear Neighbors, Few states in America know more about disaster than Oklahoma. It is not a contest we wish to win, but a reality we have come to accept. While the 40th anniversary of BGCO Disaster Relief was being celebrated at

Posted in Flood, Typhoon

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief to oversee recovery efforts in Colorado

Incident Command Center hub for mobile kitchen, shower trailer, flood recovery and mud-out teams, and chaplain teams  BOULDER, Colo. – Oklahoma Disaster Relief volunteers have been assigned to oversee recovery efforts following massive flooding along the 130-mile stretch of the

Posted in Flood, Press Release
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