Sam Porter, BGCO Disaster Relief Director

OKLAHOMA CITY–Within moments of damage from severe storms, Oklahoma Baptist disaster relief volunteers were in the field offering help.

“I actually was in a volunteer missions meeting in Enid when the first storms started to hit,” said Sam Porter, Disaster Relief Director for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.

Porter put “rapid response” volunteer teams on the ground in every area affected by the storm.

“We are assessing each area the storm passes, and we will send in chainsaw and relief workers as well as feeding units,” said Porter, who has led Oklahoma Baptist Disaster relief volunteers to help in the wake of disasters in Oklahoma, across America and throughout the world.

“Rapid response teams will be making assessment to see how relief teams will be put into play the rest of today and after,” he said.

According to Porter, volunteers are already making an impact in areas affected by the storms, such as Carney and Shawnee.

“We will be working with Emergency Management focusing on the key areas of need,” added Porter.

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