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Oklahoma Churches Prepare for Natural Disaster Relief Effort

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“A lot of people say, oh well I'll take care of it tomorrow, or I'll do that tomorrow, well tomorrow might be too late,” says Miami Emergency Management Director Glenda Longan.

Representatives from the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma are being proactive, by taking steps to prepare their community in the event of an emergency like last month's floods.

Faith based organizations are usually one of the first groups to step in, besides local law enforcement in the event of an emergency. They're here learning because they feel it's not only important to have a plan but to be able to share that plan with the community.

“We offer a preparedness campaign in our churches across the state, so that they can know in advance, the churches, what they will do if weather is coming their way so they can keep their congregations safe,” says Anne Kueteman of the Oklahoma Episcopal Diocese.

Longan says church's play an important role in disaster relief

“A lot of the times the churches during disasters will step in and take care of their own membership which then frees up some of the resources to help other people that might not have a church or can't get there for various reasons. They help a lot of times take up that slack."

Many also look to church's for assistance and places to take refuge.

You never know. We have to be proactive now because we never know when an emergency might strike. the fact of the matter is to the extent that we're not prepared now, shame on us. We should've been prepared already. So there's no better time to start than in the present,” says William Martin of St. Martin's Episcopal.

In Miami, Diane Gerstenfeld KOAM News. 
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