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 feeding units, which can prepare thousands of meals for disaster relief workers and victims, in strategic locations in southern Oklahoma, where the weather is projected to be the worst,” said Porter.

“While we pray our efforts are not need, experience tells us we can maximize our impact by being ready at a moment’s notice and work alongside government and other relief agencies,” added Porter.

Porter directs the Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) volunteer force, which has more than 5,000 trained volunteers in the state who serve in a variety of ways, including debris clean up, feeding units, laundry units, childcare and chaplaincy ministry.

For more than 40 years, the BGCO’s DR operation has provided relief in countless major disasters, including Hurricane Katrina, the May 1999 Oklahoma tornadoes, the May 2013 Oklahoma tornadoes and numerous ice storms. For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation to Oklahoma Baptists’ Disaster Relief organization, visit www.okdisasterhelp.com.