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MRC volunteers respond during the December ice storm.

On Monday December 4th, 2007 the ice was thick, schools were closed and for many Oklahoma residents the electricity went out. Across the state shelters, many of them Red Cross shelters, opened to allow those without power to have a warm place to stay.

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In Oklahoma City, American Red Cross opened shelters at Trinity International Baptist Church and the Reed Center. When the need for a larger shelter became evident the Cox Convention shelter opened jointly by the United Way, City of Oklahoma City, and the American Red Cross. Support was given by the Medical Reserve Corps volunteers who provided medical support and the Southern Baptist Convention as their volunteers provided meals. Initially MRC volunteer nurses were requested to assess individual's needs at the Trinity Baptist Church and the Reed Center. The request for volunteers grew at the Cox Convention Center to include medical and community volunteers. Over a 10 day period over 60 MRC volunteers donated their time.

In Tulsa the Medical Reserve Corps volunteers responded in support of Tulsa Area Red Cross. The Tulsa Metropolitan area experienced record-breaking power outages and catastrophic damage. Many MRC volunteers worked multiple six and twelve hour shifts to ensure the health and well-being of shelter occupants, despite being storm victim's themselves. In the end of a six day period, 30 MRC volunteers provided medical support to the three large ARC shelters and to 3 of the 5 ARC supported shelters in Tulsa County.

In Sapulpa, Bristow and Drumright shelters opened and 3 MRC volunteers worked over an eight day period.

ONA applauds all of the volunteers who helped during the December Ice Storm! We appreciate your commitment to caring for the people of Oklahoma especially during this busy season. President's Message
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Title Annotation:ONA News; Medical Reserve Corps; Oklahoma Nurses Association
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Date:Mar 1, 2008
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