Oklahoma Baptists Responding to Tornado Disaster


Saturday, April 30th 2011, 6:56 pm
By: News On 6


Emory Bryan, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief teams will deploy Sunday to help tornado victims in Alabama.

 Sam Porter, Oklahoma Baptist Director of Disaster Relief, said Saturday that between 40 and 60 volunteers will leave for Moulton, Alabama Sunday morning. Moulton is in the Northwest corner of Alabama.

The Alabama Southern Baptist Disaster Relief organization asked Oklahoma for four chain saw teams to help clear debris. Each team has 10-15 people each.

They travel with trailers loaded with sawing equipment and three skid steer loaders with grappler claws to remove large tree debris. They'll work around homes and churches.

Porter said Oklahoma Baptists may also send a "shower unit" so volunteers can operate as independently as possible in areas without electricity.

Porter said "We have now more than 2,000 Oklahomans trained in the ‘chain saw ministry' and have 17 chain saw teams and trailers ready to respond for times such as these."