Q: How do I donate money?
A: Go here to find out: www.okdisasterhelp.com/donate
Q: What percent of contributions go to the victims
A: 100% – No salaries or administrative costs are paid with donations and the Cooperative Program pays the credit card processing fees for online donations.
Q: Are donations tax deductible?
A: Yes, all contributions are tax deductible. The BGCO is a non-profit entity.
Q: How do I donate items such as bottled water, work gloves, boots, flashlights, batteries and non-perishable food?
Q: I need assistance, who can I call for help?
A: Our incident command center is set up at FBC Moore. For people needing assistance, they can call one of these 3 numbers to reach someone there:
Also several local churches are available for help. Please see the list below of churches who have contacted us about:
- Capitol Hill Baptist Church – Open as a distribution point for disaster supplies (food (including perishables), water, gatorade, clothes, baby supplies, toiletries, etc). We also have showers available for those that need them.
- Eagle Heights – Providing disaster supplies (food, water, trash bags, cleaning supplies, gloves, hats, sunscreen, bleech, etc.).
Q: Who is OK Disaster Help?
A: OkDisasterHelp.com is the official website for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) Disaster Relief ministry.
Q: Who do you help? Do you only help local baptist churches and church members?
A: We serve anyone and everyone who needs assistance. Within the last year we have not only helped those in Oklahoma but also many who suffered losses in the New Mexico and Colorado wildfires and in New York and New Jersey after hurricane Sandy.
Q: Can I volunteer in Moore?
A: At this time only people who have completed our disaster relief training can volunteer with us. We work very closely with the police, government agencies, Emergency Management, the Red Cross, Salvation Army any as a result require training. No additional volunteers are needed in Moore at this time. Law enforcement is encouraging anyone who does not live in the area or is not working for a disaster relief agency to stay clear of the area as to not congest things.
We are not coordinating groups that are coming in from out of state unless they have been requested by Sam Porter through their state Baptist Disaster Relief ministry. We cannot help individuals who want to bring in grills or loads of food or water or who want to come and volunteer.
We are not coordinating unsolicited volunteers. If you are not BGCO DR certified, you will need to make contact with some other organization in order to volunteer at this time.
Q: Can I get Disaster Relief training?
A: Absolutely, you can find out more about training opportunities here: http://www.bgco.org/ministries/disaster-relief. Please be aware the next scheduled training date is in August. More training dates might be added before then due to high demand. It will be a few weeks before any decision on that will be made. Please signup for email updates on the homepage of our website and we’ll let you know when/if that occurs.
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