Tuesday the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association was deciding whether to send more people to Oklahoma City. Several of its chaplains are already there.
"Our purpose is to provide emotional and spiritual care to those folks so devastated by this disaster," said Jack Munday, the international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team.
Chaplins who were already on the ground there called the devastation astounding. They said first responders and volunteers were having a hard time reaching survivors.
"The streets are blocked, that's part of the challenge right now is for those who need to be there to get in with equipment or whatever," said Munday.
At the Charlotte office of the Red Cross volunteers checked flashlights and other emergency supplies. They were getting ready, because they could be deployed within the next 24-48 hours. They could take things like food, water and clothing to those in need.
Volunteers from both organizations could be there for weeks or even months. One Red Cross volunteer said he had just returned home from providing relief to victims of Superstorm Sandy.
- Donations to help victims can be made via phone: 1-800-528-1980, by texting "SP" to 80888 to give a $10 donation (msg and data rates may apply), online at SamaritansPurse.org, or by mail to Samaritan's Purse P.O. Box 3000 Boone, NC 28607"
- Volunteers can sign up to help at SPvolunteernetwork.org