More on Tenn. Response to Oklahoma Disaster

May 21, 2013

Moore, Okla., May 21, 2013 -- The remains of homes destroyed when a deadly tornado struck May 20, 2013.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennesseans continue to respond to the tragedy in Oklahoma.

Wednesday morning volunteers helped the Church of Christ Disaster Relief Effort pack 1300 emergency food boxes at its Nashville warehouse. The boxes will be trucked to Oklahoma later this week. The ministry sent the first of several semi-truck loads of food and other supplies west Tuesday.

The Nashville Chapter of the American Red Cross sent six volunteers and a self-contained food truck Tuesday. The Nashville command of the Salvation Army says it has teams on standby and will likely send them to Oklahoma soon to relieve volunteers already in the field.

The Memphis Fire Department has an 80 member search and rescue team on the scene in Central Oklahoma.

Brentwood based Hope Force, a faith based organization that trains and deploys disaster volunteers is preparing to send an assessment team to Oklahoma on Friday. Hope Force founder Jack Minton says that what survivors often need most is simply someone to talk to.

“The greatest gift we can give to someone is to create an environment where they feel accepted and comfortable in sharing their experience, and we simply listen. You know, sometimes there are those moments when we’re invited to join them in prayer.”

If you’re looking for a way to help, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has established an Oklahoma Tornado Response Fund. You can find details on the foundation’s website.