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.
Ten volunteers from the Central and Western Oklahoma Region are in the gulf region working to provide shelter, food, mental health services and disaster assessment, spokesman Ken Garcia said.
Three are in Alabama, two are in Mississippi, two in Texas, one in Florida and two in Louisiana. These volunteers could be gone for a few days to several weeks, Garcia said.
Feed The Children reports it is sending several truck loads of relief supplies for residents in New Orleans, Lake Charles and Baton Rouge.
The organization will continue to respond with disaster relief supplies, food, personal care items and cleanup supplies as needed.
“Feed The Children has always responded during times of disaster and, thanks to the generous donation of the Office Depot Foundation and many of our corporate partners, we are able to bring direct help to Louisiana residents in need,” spokesman Tony Sellars said. “We will continue to monitor the situation and send relief to victims of the storm as long as there is a need.”