How to get help in the aftermath of Oklahoma's recent tornadoes

Agencies are offering help for people who need support in the aftermath of the tornadoes that swept through Moore, south Oklahoma City and Shawnee.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: May 26, 2013 at 9:21 pm •  Published: May 26, 2013
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Multi-agency resource centers

These are open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily so agencies can meet with those affected by the tornadoes and where various organizations have joined to offer support:

Carney/Wellston: Carney High School, Rooms 5, 6 and 7, 304 S Carney Road.

Little Axe: Little Axe School, 2000 168th NE, Norman

Shawnee/Bethel Acres: Skylabs and dining facility at Gordon Cooper Technology Center, 1 John C. Bruton Blvd., Shawnee.

Moore: Westmoore High School, 12613 S Western, Moore.

El Reno: Jenks Simmons Field House, 211 N Country Club Road, El Reno.

Official Red Cross shelters

Douglas Boulevard United Methodist Church, 208 S Douglas Blvd., Midwest City.

Baptist Collegiate Ministries, 1300 Country Club Road, El Reno.

Moore Community Center,301 S Howard, Moore.

Organizations providing additional support for volunteers or those affected:

Journey Church, 3801 Journey Parkway, Norman, Interstate 35 and Tecumseh Road, 292-2500.

Oakcrest Church of Christ, 1111 SW 89, 631-5534.

Oklahoma Baptist University, 500 W University, Shawnee. Michael Burns, OBU director of residential life, at 308-7336.

City Rescue Mission, 800 W California Ave.

Chabad Jewish Center of Oklahoma City, 3000 W Hefner Road, 286-0900.

Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 7301 S Walker Ave., 632-3307.

Graceway Baptist Church, 1100 SW 104, 691-1934.

Additional help offered

City of Moore official site: If you have a need, go online to the website the City of Moore is recommending, Moore.Recovers.org, to get connected.

Short- to long-term assistance

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) invites those affected by the tornadoes to apply for disaster assistance. Individuals and business owners may call (800) 621-FEMA (3362) or go online to www.disasterassistance.gov. FEMA is operating at the following disaster recovery centers, but may open more as needed: Westmoore High School, 12613 South Western Ave., operating from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 on Sundays; Gordon Cooper Technology Center in Shawnee, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday; Little Axe Elementary School in Norman, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

The American Legion, a national veterans’ organization, is allocating $1 million to veterans to be used to cover relocation expenses for veterans and their families who lost their homes in the disaster. Those affected and who need emergency assistance can call the American Legion’s National Emergency Fund at (800) 504-4098. If they have legal custody of minor children, they can seek help though the Legion’s Temporary Financial Assistance Program. Veterans without children can seek assistance through The American Legion National Emergency Fund.

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has established a tornado recovery fund to provide assistance for intermediate and long-term recovery efforts. Find out more at www.occf.org/tornadorecoveryfund.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has opened a disaster relief site at All Saints Catholic School, 4001 36th Ave. NW in Norman, and has set up a system for help with long-term recovery. Catholic Charities also will be at the Multi-Agency Recource Centers at the various sites providing assistance.

The relief site will be open every day. Hours 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The relief site will offer immediate help to anyone affected by the recent tornadoes, including undocumented workers.

Items offered at the site include food, water and hygiene items. Also, professionals will be available to provide case management and assist with recovery planning.

For long-term needs, Catholic Charities focuses on case management and counseling to help people for up to two years after the storm by either filling in gaps not covered by insurance for by helping with in-depth assistance. The organization recommends first registering with Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.disasterassistance.gov or by phone at (800) 621-3362 (FEMA)

For more information, call 523-3000 or go online to www.catholiccharitiesok.org.

The Riley Group is offering free professional organizational services to families affected by recent tornadoes as they begin to relocate into temporary or permanent housing. The service will be offered as long as there is a need. Families may request assistance via email at okc@therileygroup.info or by phone at 889-4430.

Ford Motor Credit Company and Lincoln Automotive Financial Services are offering customers affected by the recent tornadoes the option to delay some car and truck payments. The disaster relief programs allows qualified customers to delay one of two monthly payments, resuming their regular payment schedules when their situations improve.

The Salvation Army is providing support such as financial assistance, food, hygiene products, cleanup supplies, spiritual care and vouchers for clothing at the following locations:

In Carney in Rooms 5, 6 and 7 of Carney High School, 304 S Carney Road; in Shawnee in Sky Labs 1 & 2 and Dining Facility at Gordon Cooper Vo-Tech, 1 John C. Bruton Blvd.; at Little Axe School, 2000 168th Ave. NE in Norman; at the southeast entrance of Westmoore High School, 12613 S Western.

The Salvation Army is also providing in-kind emergency assistance at Revival of Christ Church, 1005 SW 4 in Moore. For food, go to Revival of Christ Church or Home Depot, 650 SW 19 in Moore, Westmoore High School, Little Axe Elementary or look for Chick-fil-A’s truck in the neighborhoods.

For the latest news, check out disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org, www.salvationarmyaok.org, www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOK, www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOKEDS or www.Facebook.com/SalArmyAOK

Oklahoma Baptists have teams of people ready to help clean people’s home sites for free. If you require assistance with home site cleanup, chain-saw crews or debris cleanups, call 443-7583, 388-6912 or 415-5261 or go to the command center at First Baptist Church Moore, 301 NE 27 in Moore.

For general information, updates, photos and a donation link, visit www.okdisasterhelp.com.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Norman does long-term case management, intake and referral of resources for those who had loss and damage due to the storms. St. Vincent de Paul is a founding member of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters. For assistance, go online to www.svdpusa.org.

The Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency is offering grants for families impacted by tornadoes in 2013. The grants, capped at $2,000 per household, may be used for housing-related expenses including utility deposits, security deposits, hotel rooms and first month’s rent. There is no income limit attached to the grants.

Applications for these grants will be taken at Oklahoma Emergency Management’s resource center once it opens. Families applying for assistance must have a valid number from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Board Chairman Richard Lillard said the agency also will be working with families to see if more permanent housing solutions are available to fit their particular needs. For more information, call 419-8196.

A truckload of relief supplies from Salt Lake City and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a command center in Moore but has expanded its free cleanup help to cover all the areas affected by the tornadoes, including the ones that happened May 31. Organizers at the command center have been taking requests and sending work crews to render free cleanup at homes throughout the affected areas. Volunteers clad in yellow t-shirts and vests will be available to remove drywall, insulation, flooring, carpeting, furniture and appliances from damaged homes, affix tarps to roofs and remove trees and other debris from lawns. To help reach tornado victims, volunteers will go door to door in the affected areas, handing out fliers with contact information and available services listed. For cleanup assistance, call 794-5414 or send an email with your contact information to mnl618@hotmail.com.

IBC Bank has established a telephone hotline as a resource for customers who were affected by the tornado. A team of executives and senior bankers will take customer inquiries at 841-8919 and will address each caller’s situation on a case-by-case basis.

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief teams are responding to severe weather in several locations, including Shawnee, Edmond, Little Axe, Moore and El Reno.

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has established a Tornado Recovery Fund to provide assistance for intermediate and long-term recovery efforts. Find out more at https://www.occf.org/tornadorecoveryfund. The Destiny Tornado Relief Center at Destiny Christian Center, 3801 SE 29 in Del City, is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily to help families and individuals affected by the tornado. For financial assistance and material needs, go online to www.destinychristian.com/tornado, call 677-1451 or stop by the church.

Operation Homefront, the national nonprofit agency with an office in Lawton that provides emergency financial assistance to military families and wounded warriors, is helping service members and their families affected by the Oklahoma tornado. Military families seeking assistance can go online at OperationHomefront.net/OKAR. Additionally, personnel from the organization's Oklahoma-Arkansas Field office are on the ground in central Oklahoma providing expedited assistance. To date, Operation Homefront has provided assistance in the form of $500 grants to more than 200 families, and the organization has additional resources to help military families rebuild. Contributing to Operation Homefront's efforts include Walmart, Home Depot, Dollar Tree and La Quinta.

The Oklahoma United Methodists Volunteers in Mission (OKVIM) teams will deploy when called upon to help for certain needs. For information, call the Office of Mission at 530-2028 or go online to http://www.okumcministries.org/vim/Disaster_Response_Volunteer.htm. Antioch Christian Church, 3616 SW 119, will distribute boxes of supplies to tornado victims beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday at the church. The boxes are from Project Gift of Atlanta. For more information, go to http://antiochokc.org/tornado-relief/. Missing persons reports related to tornado

If you need to report a Moore resident missing, contact the Moore Police Department at 799-4357. Reports of missing Oklahoma City residents can be made by calling 297-1129 or walk-in reports are taken at St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 2727 SW 119.

Find someone or register yourself safe

People can register on the Red Cross Safe and Well website at www.redcross.org by clicking on the “List Yourself or Search Registrants” link under “How to Get Help.” Those who can’t access a computer can call (800) RED CROSS — (800) 733-2767) — and one of the operators can help you register.

Needed items and supplies

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma has opened a Disaster Relief Distribution Center at 2635 N Shields in Moore. Individuals and disaster relief agencies can pick up supplies between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily. The Distribution Center is stocked with shovels, gloves, trash bags, safety goggles, paper goods, diapers, personal hygiene products, snacks, packing boxes, water and Gatorade.

City Rescue Mission is providing food, clothing for all ages and furniture for victims of last week’s tornadoes through its Donation Resource Center and Food Resource Center, 821 W California Ave. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 232-2709.

For the next three weeks, All Saints Catholic School, 4001 36th Ave NW in Norman, will be the distribution center for donations from Feed the Children. Items are available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Christ In Action and Convoy of Hope are set up at Crossroads Church at 8901 S Shields Blvd. to offer services like yard cleanup, tree removal and debris sifting to the affected community. In addition, the group is providing breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. People needing assistance should call (571) 358-9242.

If you need shelter, clothing, showers, water, food or hygiene items, wheelbarrows, shovels and other work gear, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, 304 SW 134 in Oklahoma City, between Santa Fe and Western, is offering these items from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Call 799-9799.

Infant Crisis Services has established several distribution sites throughout central Oklahoma families affected by this week’s tornadoes. The organization will be distributing diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, bottles and other baby items. Distribution times and sites include from Infant Crisis Services, 4234 N Lincoln Blvd.; the Multi-Agency Resource Centers in Little Axe School, 2000 168th Avenue NE, Norman; Journey Church, 3801 Journey Parkway, Norman; Bethel Acres Community Center, 18101 Bethel Road, Shawnee; Platt College, 201 N Eastern Ave., Moore; Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1451 E 45, Shawnee; New Hope Baptist Church, 37496 New Hope Road, Tecumseh; Lakeview Church, 15301 Oklahoma 102; Hilltop Baptist Church, 11710 E Stella Road; Highland Baptist Church, 2425 SE 4; Little Axe Tribal Resources, 1970 156 Ave. NE, Norman; A complete list of resource sites and donation drop-off locations can be found at www.infantcrisis.org/disaster-relief.

RescueNet, an international disaster relief team, is working with Emmanuel Baptist Church in McLoud to help victims of the Shawnee tornado by serving meals, distributing items and dispatching cleaning crews. For information, go to the church, 16901 S Fishmarket or call 273-0040.

Journey Church in Norman has a hub of supplies and volunteers supporting relief efforts. Go online to helpmoorerebuild.com to request assistance.

Clean clothes

The Tide Loads of Hope mobile laundry program will be in the Moore area to offer free laundry services to those who were affected by recent storms and in need of clean clothes. The program will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at the Moore Walmart, 501 SW 19. For information, call 790-0021.

Working with the American Red Cross, the Tide Loads of Hope mobile laundry program will provide free, full-service laundry to relief workers and Oklahoma residents who need support following the damage caused by the adverse weather. These residents and workers are encouraged to drop off their laundry to be washed, dried and folded, free of charge. No bedding, jackets, or other large pieces will be accepted.

People across the country can help support Tide Loads of Hope by purchasing a Tide Loads of Hope vintage T-shirt at www.tideloadsofhope.com. All profits from the T-shirts go toward helping families affected by disaster.

Medical help

Mercy Medical Center is set up in a medical tent on SW 134 between Santa Fe and Western, providing tetanus shots and treating minor injuries. The hospital is providing medications people may have lost in the tornado, such as insulin, inhalers and blood pressure medications. Staff from the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services will be available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through May 31 at the disaster relief location at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church, 2727 SW 119th and May Avenue, to take applications from people affected by the tornadoes whose disabilities are barriers to employment.

Fresenius Medical Care has set up a hotline at (800) 626-1297 for people who are on dialysis but are without power. Patients can call about local treatment options.

McBride Orthopedic Hospital Clinic is offering priority orthopedic care to all tornado victims. Call 230-9270.

The American Cancer Society wants to help cancer patients affected by tornadoes keep up their treatments. The group will help connect patients and services, help get patients to and from appointments, assist with lodging for those displaced, and offer information about local relief efforts that can assist with day to day needs. Call (800) 227-2345, anytime.

The JD McCarty Center, Durable Medical Equipment and Oklahoma Healthcare Authority are partnering with other medical industry companies to repair and replace damaged or missing medical equipment such as wheelchairs. Call the center at 307-2800 and ask for DME triage. Also, anyone with a child with special needs who may need temporary assistance should contact the center and ask for a social worker.

RX Open is an initiative of the biopharmaceutical supply chain to make sure medicine continues to flow to citizens in areas affected by major disasters. The Rx Open tool is now live at www.RxOpen.org.

Variety Care in Oklahoma City is offering to replace people’s medication lost in the Monday’s tornado. People should call 632-6688. Representatives will be at some of the shelters.

Active Care Chiropractic will provide free chiropractic care to all victims, volunteers and workers involved in the May 2013 tornadoes from now until June 30. The business has locations in Edmond and Midwest City. Call 478-1507 to schedule an appointment.

Medicare United Charitable Pharmacy at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in the Presbyterian Physicians Building, Suite 100, 711 Stanton L. Young Blvd., will fill prescriptions lost in the tornado destruction free of charge. Many brand name and generic drugs, insulin, inhalers and specialty drugs apply. For information, call 271-6278.

Vision Care

Three agencies have partnered to offer free eye glasses and treatment for any eye-related issues caused by the tornadoes.



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