SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield-based Convoy of Hope is applying what it learned in Joplin two years ago to its response in Moore, Oklahoma.
Monday afternoon, immediately after the tornado, a Convoy of Hope assessment team was in the area and tractor-trailers were being loaded with emergency supplies at Convoy's World Distribution Center in Springfield.
"We've already sent two tractor-trailer loads of food, water, Powerade, and meals ready to eat...to the people there in Moore," said Jim Batten, executive vice president for Convoy of Hope (full interview above). "A little bit later this morning, we sent our mobile command center, which has our communications infrastructure. Finally we sent a truck with equipment for our disaster response team to use there."
Batten says this is only the first phase of a full-scale response that will last for many weeks, if not months. In the coming days, Convoy will send more food, water and supplies to help families begin rebuilding their lives.
Batten says Convoy of Hope is still helping in Joplin.
"We've built ten homes to date, helping people, and have a couple more underway. We have learned a lot and hopefully we'll be able to apply that."
Batten says the best way to help the victims of the Moore tornado is to send money.
To donate, text "CONVOY" to 50555 (to give $10), or call (417) 823-8988. You can also visit http://www.convoyofhope.org