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‘Stay home,’ officials say to KC volunteers headed Oklahoma

A metro church's mission team was ready to lend a hand in Moore, OK, but was told to stay home.  That is the message Church of the Resurrection got from Kansas and Oklahoma disaster response coordinators.  (AP) A metro church's mission team was ready to lend a hand in Moore, OK, but was told to stay home. That is the message Church of the Resurrection got from Kansas and Oklahoma disaster response coordinators. (AP)

A metro church's mission team was ready to lend a hand in Moore, OK, but was told to stay home.

That is the message Church of the Resurrection got from Kansas and Oklahoma disaster response coordinators.

Officials don't want people to show up at the disaster site uninvited.

The site is saturated with emergency workers who need to focus on the first stage of response.

"In fact, if people were to go down there, it would add more stress to that community and you might imagine they are pretty stressed out right now and they don't need the additional people showing up and having to figure out how to use those people," said Church of Resurrection director of communications Peter Metz.

While there is not much people can actively to help right now, there will be much work in the future.

"We know that there's a lot of people that would live to go down there to Moore, OK, and help and serve, but the timing is just not right. What we need to do is give the first responders the opportunity to do their jobs," Metz said.

Church officials are recommending to people to do three things right now, if they want to.

"One, we are asking people to pray for the folks down there. Two, donate monetarily, because that is the easiest and best thing to do right now. And three, if they are interested in going down there and serving, they can register on our website and we will be sending teams down there for several years of people that will be helping to rebuild that community,"  Metz said.

Anyone can register to help on their website.  Click here for more information.

KCTV5 News will have more on the story starting 4:30 a.m. on It's Your Morning.

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