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DAVIS, Okla. -- Volunteers and relief workers remain ready to receive hurricane evacuees at the Falls Creek church camp in southern Oklahoma, but still no word on when or if the evacuees will arrive.
A spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management says the department remains in contact with officials in Texas and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Church volunteers from around the state spent the weekend preparing the 360-acre Falls Creek camp in Davis for as many as three-thousand evacuees. An official at the camp says the facility is ready to provide food, medical attention, clothes and shelter for the displaced people.
Originally posted by Watchman77
I believe many of the evacuees will be used as Union breakers...
Walmart has already said they will make jobs for many of the evacuees... Walmart is having a lot of trouble with the Union right now, so what better way of getting their employees in line than to threaten their jobs with people who will be willing to work for lower wages & even less benefits?
[edit on 7-9-2005 by Watchman77]
September 6, 2005 – After anticipating the arrival of 3,000 survivors from Hurricane Katrina for more than two days, volunteers and government agencies were given the word late Tuesday that the status of operations at Falls Creek was put on standby.
Major Mike Grime, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, announced to nearly 400 volunteers and state personnel that the decision had been made by the Governor and other state officials to scale back operations at Falls Creek. “The good news is that it appears those who needed our help have been taken care of for now,” Grimes explained. “We will scale back to a skeleton crew for now, but none of our facilities will be compromised. There will be troopers present 24 hours a day at Falls Creek as we evaluate the need on a 12, 24, 36 and 48 hour basis. Falls Creek has been and will continue to be ready within a 10 to 12 hour window in the event that the conference facility is still needed.” While disappointment was evident on the faces of many, appreciation for the Falls Creek operation was recognized with a round of applause.
Following Major Grimes comments Anthony L. Jordan, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma assured the crowd that their hard work had not been in vain. “We are and continue to be prepared in the event that we are needed. It is very possible that you may be needed within the next 48 hours. We will notify you immediately should we need your assistance in welcoming our Oklahoma guests to our great state,” said Jordan. “Oklahoma has had an opportunity to look inside the hearts of Oklahoma Baptists. We are honored to have this opportunity to serve. Our hearts are in the right place we have served our state and the survivors by being ready. We will be here if needed.”
More than 1,200 volunteers registered for the operation at Falls Creek. Many of the volunteers will remain on standby status in the event that they are needed within the next 48 hours.
Originally posted by Valhall
It's better than seeing people in their BVD's...I think.
Originally posted by drunkandrowdy
I have been waiting for this to happen. It doesn't surprise me at all. I am surprised they aren't using the abandoned army bases that have been said to be prepared to be converted into concentration camps.
I'm waiting for them to microchip these people and everything will fall into place.
from the Big Guy: I assure you, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.' And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life."
Originally posted by Jessicamsa