Oklahoma Baptists, other aid agencies head to Louisiana to help hurricane recovery efforts, many for the second time

Baptists from Oklahoma left Thursday to help with Hurricane Isaac disaster relief. Many of them responded seven years ago when Hurricane Katrina hit.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: August 30, 2012 at 6:50 pm •  Published: August 30, 2012
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Many of the 75 Oklahoma Baptist disaster relief volunteers who left Thursday morning for Louisiana made the same trip seven years ago.

About half of the volunteers on their way to assist people affected by Hurricane Isaac also responded when Hurricane Katrina hit the same regions, said Sam Porter, disaster relief director for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.

Porter said Louisiana disaster relief officials asked Oklahoma Baptists to travel to Baton Rouge to assist in the aftermath of the hurricane.

“We're packing up and getting ready to hit the road,” Proctor said about 6 a.m. Thursday. He said the group would travel to Louisiana in a caravan of several large vehicles and trailers.

“We're just honored to get to go help,” he said.

Oklahoma Baptists will help serve meals, provide shower units for victims and volunteers, clear debris and provide child care. Chaplains and medical personnel are among the volunteers ready to help, Porter said.

Following Katrina, Oklahoma Baptists spent four and a half months in New Orleans providing emergency food service, followed by 18 months of mud removal and restoration, he said.

Others are helping

The American Red Cross also has sent volunteers to help with Isaac's aftermath.

Isaac potential track according to information from the...
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