OKC Encourages People To Get Disaster Training Now

Monday, April 25th 2016, 3:06 pm
By: Karl Torp

Oklahoma's big heart has Oklahoma City doing something it's never done before with emergencies. It’s now encouraging people to sign up to volunteer now, so they are properly trained to step in after a disaster.

“Sometimes things like volunteerism and donations are a little bit a disaster within a disaster,” said OKC Spokesperson Kristy Yager. “People want to help, but they have no training and they don’t know what to do.”

You can find contact information to number of disaster relief organizations on the city’s website.

In the meantime, non-profit groups like Serve Moore are mobilizing help in the case of damaging storms Tuesday.

“We have plenty of opportunities to get out in the community to help,” said Serve Moore Volunteer Dylan Akers.

Akers has only been with Serve Moore for two months, but the group says that’s long enough be able to already make a difference when a disaster strikes.

Public Safety workers are also preparing for damaging storms Tuesday and beyond.

On Monday OKC and Norman Firefighters practiced swift water rescues at Lake Overholser.  The dam system allowed crews to allow for fast moving water. The drill included rescue a person atop a submerged car and another in a tree.