Tulsa Police To Play Important Role In Future Hurricane Evacuations

Tuesday, August 23rd 2011, 4:50 pm
By: News On 6


TULSA, Oklahoma -- The Tulsa Police Department's Disaster Response team will play an important role if and when another hurricane forces evacuations along the Louisiana coast.

They're taking part in a new concept called Shelter In A Box. It was developed after hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Gustav. Thousands of evacuees were bussed into Oklahoma for shelter after those storms.

As part of this new disaster response, evacuees will stay in Louisiana while Oklahoma emergency responders head there to run the shelters.

That should help free up Louisiana agencies to handle issues in their own state. The eight members of TPD's disaster response team just returned from practicing Shelter In A Box.