The City of Dothan along with the Dothan Houston County Emergency Management Agency has received a large volume of requests to organize a relief effort for the people in and around Moore, Oklahoma.
Now that the forces on the ground have moved from a rescue and mitigation role to a recovery mode, Steve Carlisle, Dothan Houston County EMA Director has contacted officials with the Oklahoma EMA.
According to Carlisle, “The people of Moore Oklahoma have been overwhelmed with relief supplies,” said Carlisle. “The officials in Oklahoma asked that no more supplies be sent to the area.”
The influx of water, diapers, formula and other products has actually become an emergency in itself. The spontaneous volunteerism and
donation of goods can actually become a management nightmare for the responders on the ground, in the affected area.
Anyone wishing to provide assistance to those affected by the tragic tornadoes in Oklahoma are encouraged to support relief efforts through monetary donations.
According to Dothan Fire Chief Larry Williams, “A monetary donation to a reputable organization such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army or the United Way would provide greater assistance than sending a surplus of goods that cannot be managed by the local officials”.