It was chaos in the Red Cross kitchen Tuesday at McClellan Park as volunteers prepared some 400 meals for firefighters, probation officers and police cadets.
This disaster drill is perfect training for the much more chaotic scenes many of these volunteers expect to face when they hit the ground in Oklahoma.
“It’s busy, and things are always changing. It’s hectic and you’re meeting deadlines because you have to have the food cooked and ready at certain points for them to pack it up and deliver it,” said Richard Dwyer, with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.
Many of these volunteers from the Red Cross and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief have worked major disasters before. They know serving food is only a small part of the vital role they play.
“My heart is breaking for these people, so knowing I’m actually the feet on the ground and hands serving the food or hugging someone, whatever it is, is very satisfying,” Tami Martin, a Red Cross volunteer, told FOX40.
With Tuesday’s training behind them, the next step for many of these volunteers is to wait by the phone.
For those that don’t necessarily have the time to volunteer, texting “Red Cross” to 90999 will donate $10 to the Red Cross. The Salvation Army also accepts donations online or by phone. For more information, visit their website here.
Steve Bunnell filed this report.