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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
Three agencies have partnered to offer free eye glasses and treatment for any eye-related issues caused by the tornadoes.
The clinic, offered by online eyewear company Coastal.com, Essilor and the Oliphant Institute for Integrated Learning Advanced Family Eye Care, will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday at Graceway Baptist Church, 1100 SW 104. An appointment is not necessary, although people must show proof that they are victims of the May 19-20 tornadoes.
Dr. Kenneth Guthrie, 13421 N Pennsylvania Ave., is offering free eye exams for victims who lost glasses or contacts or had eye injuries. For information, call 753-9006.
Eyemart Express is making and donating free glasses.
The Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians and its members are partnering with The Vision Council and the American Optometric Association to create the Optometry Strong Tornado Relief Project. OAOP has created a network of doctors who will perform no-cost eye exams and provide free glasses or contacts for tornado victims in need. The project runs now through Aug. 30, and exams will take place at the office of a participating Doctor of Optometry located in or close to the affected communities.
Hearing or hearing aid loss
Economy Hearing Aid Centers and Starkey Hearing Foundation are offering free assistance to those who may have suffered hearing loss or lost their hearing aids during the storms.Individuals affected by the tornadoes should contact the Starkey Hearing Foundation. The Foundation will provide hearing aids for storm victims. Economy Hearing will make sure they are serviced and cared for, free of charge. For assistance, contact the Starkey Hearing Foundation at (866) 354-3254 or email email@example.com.
Mental health services
The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services has established an emergency response center within the tornado disaster zone in Moore. This center will be located in the Cleveland County Health Department at 424 S Eastern Ave. in Moore, and will provide walk-in services in addition to coordinating mobile crisis response teams to be deployed throughout the affected area.
Parents, teachers, and other community members are invited to participate in the workshop, which will explore how children perceive disasters, common reactions in children to disasters, what happens in our brains after a disaster, simple strategies to calm your child’s fears after a natural disaster and how to discuss this disaster or any trauma with kids. Space for this free workshop is limited, so go online to sunbeamfamilyservices.org/register-for-workshop or call 528-7721 to reserve your seat.
Southern Hills Baptist Church is hosting a free vacation Bible school and after care activities June 3-7, and leaders welcome the children living in tornado damaged areas. Evening meals will also be offered daily to tornado victims and their families. For more information or to register for the program, call 682-1636 or go to myshbc.com.
These camps are for students at Plaza Towers and Briarwood elementary schools:
Camp DaKaNi in Oklahoma City is offering a free session of camp for children who have been displaced because of the tornado that caused widespread damage in Moore and Oklahoma City. Camp DaKaNi sessions are held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in June and July. Sessions are open to kids ages five to 13. Free aftercare will also be provided along with snacks and water. For more information or to register call 254-2080.
Oklahoma Christian University is also offering free soccer camps to those affected directly by the tornado. Sessions run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. June 10-13 on Oklahoma Christian’s campus at 2501 E Memorial Road in Edmond. Camps will be staffed by OC soccer coaches and men’s and women’s players. Campers will receive a camp soccer ball and T-shirt. All students ages 5-12 are welcome, although registration is required. Contact Robison at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 314-6141 for more information.
A summer camp at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1032 NW 12, in Moore, has more than a dozen scholarships available for children of storm victims, an organizer said Monday. Karen Karner, a disaster response coordinator at the church, said the day camp is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through July 26. The camp, which includes lunch and snacks, began Monday, June 3, at the church. It is geared for children age 2 through sixth grade. For more information, call 794-5462.
Housing or shelter
The University of Oklahoma Housing and Food is providing housing and food for displaced families, working with the Red Cross. To get help, call 325-2511 or come to Walker Tower 126 on campus.
The Oklahoma Association of Realtors has created a Facebook group to help those displaced by recent tornadoes find temporary and long-term housing solutions. For more information, call 848-9944. People can also post their needs at www.facebook.com/groups/okhomeaid. Realtors regularly monitor this page and are ready to help. People interested in donating water, sports drinks, diapers, wipes, baby formula, hand towels, individually wrapped snacks, work gloves, hand sanitizer or sunscreen can drop them off at 9807 N Broadway Extension, 1212 S Air Depot or 3131 Northwest Expressway.
Titan Factory Direct has committed to making sure tornado victims receive top priority in receiving homes from Champion Homes factories in Texas. Applications for relief and immediate housing solutions can be made at Titan’s model center at 8308 Shields Blvd. or by phone at 635-6314.
Fuel for rescue workers
Sun Coast Resources Inc. is providing fuel for first responders and rescue and recovery vehicles, as well as generators for police, firefighters and other emergency personnel. If you are without power and fuel, call the emergency line at (800) 677-FUEL (3835), Ext. 567 or email at email@example.com.
Lost photographs and items
The nonprofit National Disaster Photo Rescue has joined with other local groups like the Moore Chamber of Commerce and local businesses to help collect lost photographs related to the Moore tornadoes and return them to their owners. For information, go online to https://www.facebook.com/OklahomaPhotoRescue. Official photo dropoff locations include Arvest Banks, Walgreens, Dental Depot and Studio Innovations.
The Oklahoma City-based Candid Color Photography is collecting photos found in the tornadoes’ aftermath and scanning them in so victims can browse through them. For updated information about how to drop off photos, go online to www.candid.com/tornado.
A Facebook page called “Moore Oklahoma Lost and Found” has been established as a place for posting lost or found items. Check out https://www.facebook.com/#!/MooreOklahomaLostAndFound for information.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health is issuing a temporary waiver of the fees for birth and death certificates for victims of the May 19 and 20 tornadoes. The waiver will remain in effect until June 30 for people whose homes were located in the path of tornadoes in McClain, Cleveland and Oklahoma counties, and the cities of Carney and Shawnee.
Storm victims can apply for birth or death certificates at the Oklahoma State Department of Health office at 1000 NE 10 at no charge. Bring photo identification or other documents that demonstrate your home address.
In addition, the OSDH is setting up a temporary vital records station at the Moore branch of the Cleveland County Health Department at 424 S Eastern Ave. in Moore. Through early next week, including Memorial Day, storm victims can stop by the Moore Health Department from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and apply for a birth or death certificate.
The Oklahoma Bar Association’s Disaster Relief program is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division to offer free, disaster-related legal advice to people affected by recent storms in Caddo, Cleveland, Comanche, Creek, Garfield, Grant, Greer, Kiowa, Lincoln, Logan, McClain, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Pawnee, Payne and Pottawatomie counties.
People seeking legal advice can visit www.okbar.org to complete a legal assistance form or call toll-free (866) 341-8416 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Those seeking assistance are asked to provide as many details about their situations in the online form as possible.Applications of victims seeking help will be reviewed to determine the areas in which they need assistance and then paired with a volunteer attorney who has experience in those areas of the law. This free service begins immediately. Aid will be provided free of charge regarding insurance claims, landlord-tenant law, repair contracts, consumer protection, mortgage foreclosure, legal document replacement and more, all related to the tornadoes.
The Pep Boys — Manny, Moe & Jack announced it will offer free automotive services to those in the tornado-affected areas. The free safety inspection includes: Checking tire condition and tread depth, checking and setting tire pressure to manufacturer specification, tire rotation, brake system inspection, checking bulbs, wipers and air filter, checking fluid levels, visual under-car inspection and visual inspection of belts and hoses. No applications, coupons or codes are needed; the free services will be applied automatically at checkout. The services will be offered at stores local to affected areas. To find a Pep Boys store in Oklahoma and North Texas, go online to pepboys.com and click “Find a Store” in the upper right corner.
Veterinary care and lost pets
With the help of a $10,000 donation from the American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery to the Oklahoma State University Animal Relief Fund, the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is offering free veterinary medical care to animals injured during the tornadoes. “Here at Oklahoma State University’s Veterinary Medical Hospital, we have taken in five horses, two cats and a donkey so far,” said Dr. Jean Sander, dean of the veterinary center. “We expect to see more as the cleanup efforts continue.” Owners and referring veterinarians can make arrangements for veterinary care at the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences by calling (405) 744-7000. To donate to the OSU Animal Relief Fund, go to: www.cvhs.okstate.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=853&Itemid=124.
To find displaced animals, a website has been set up where found animals and their locations will be listed. Go online to www.OKClostpets.com.
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is continuing to reunite animals with their owners. All displaced animals are located at the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Shelter, Animal Resource Center and Cleveland County Fairgrounds. Those searching for pets can access the animal photos on Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/ovhgchb and will be provided with an identification number as well as location and contact number of the facility.
Banfield Pet Hospitals, the veterinarians inside PetSmart stores, are waiving all office visit costs for tornado victims.
Central OK Humane Society is accepting donations to be used to help animals hurt or displaced in the storm. To donate, go online to OKhumane.org.
Animal Resource Center is taking in stray pets. The center is in need of supplies (dog food, etc). 7941 S I-35 Service Road (I-35, east of Shields), 604-2892.
Organizations that provide support for dogs and owners affected by the tornadoes can receive assistance from the American Kennel Club and AKC Companion Animal Recovery Canine Support and Relief Fund. Pet owners and shelters in need can call (212) 696-8228 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. People who would like to donate to the relief fund can go to www.OKCdogs.org.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, at the request of Central Oklahoma Humane Society (OK Humane), has initiated a cat-trapping program for the families in the tornado zones. Code 3 Associates Animal Disaster Response in Longmont, Colo., also is assisting.Pet owners who haven't already called are encouraged to contact OK Humane at 532-4216 to report lost cats and request tracking assistance. The dispatcher will require pet owners to provide an address where responders should set traps, a general description of the cats and the pet owner's contact information. OK Humane will provide temporary shelter and daily care for cats found through the program until they are reunited with their families. The cat trapping program began May 29 and has been extended to run through June 10. In addition to setting up cat traps requested by individual pet owners, OK Humane, ASPCA and Code 3 Associates will set traps throughout the area to find any additional animals displaced by the disaster. OK Humane urges Moore-area pet owners who are searching for a lost cat or dog to call 672-0064, or visit www.okclostpets.com or 2901 SE 29 in Oklahoma City.
The Greater Oklahoma City Back to Business Initiative has launched an effort to support businesses in Moore and south Oklahoma City damaged by recent tornadoes. The initiative, which is a partnership between the City of Oklahoma City, the City of Moore, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and the Moore Chamber of Commerce, will allow physically-damaged businesses to report their needs following the storm and get connected with resources to help them return to business. For information, go online to www.greateroklahomacity.com/backtobusiness.Bulk shopping, charging stations, batteries and cellphones
Central Oklahoma Sam’s Clubs are temporarily waiving membership requirements to support residents and communities affected by the tornadoes. The clubs are establishing free power stations to recharge mobile devices, laptop computers and other electronic devices. Locations are: 3400 W Main in Norman; 5510 SW 5, 9000 NW Passage and 1900 Memorial in Oklahoma City; and 6521 SE 29 in Midwest City.
CPR- Cell Phone Repair, an electronics repair company, is assisting those affected by the recent storms by helping them reconnect with loved ones by repairing liquid damage on phones and tablets, offering charging stations and providing refurbished phones free of charge.
CallMultiplier has donated free unlimited service to everyone impacted by the Moore tornado, as well as everyone involved with the recovery effort including local schools, churches, charities, nonprofits, police and rescue groups. The company's automated calling and texting service can be used free for 90 days.
AT&T is offering charging stations for electronic devices. Locations include: AT&T Store, 2670 S Service Road, Moore; AT&T’s Mobile Sales Store at the Moore Community Center, 301 S Howard; Westmoore High School, 12613 S Howard; Target, 770 SW 19 in Moore; Moore Walmart, 501 SW 19; Walmart Neighborhood Market, 640 SE 4, Moore; Best Buy, 2700 S Service Road, Moore; and at the Little Axe and Shawnee Red Cross shelters. AT&T internet “cafes” are open at the Moore Public Library, 225 S Howard; St. Andrews Church gymnasium, 2727 SW 119; the Gordon Cooper Technology Center in Shawnee; Carney High School and Westmoore High School.
Verizon Wireless is deploying multiple charging stations equipped with emergency phones, Internet access, laptop computers and charging capability. Locations are: Red Cross Shelter, 201 S Howard in Moore; Home Depot parking lot, SW 19 and Telephone Road in Moore; Shawnee High School, 1001 N Kennedy, Shawnee; and Walmart parking lot, 501 SW 19. A 53-foot mobile support unit for residents of Moore and surrounding areas will be located at the Red Cross Shelter at 201 S Howard in Moore. This unit is equipped with emergency phones, charging stations and Internet capability.
U.S. Cellular has set up two mobile charging units to provide a power source for charging wireless devices, offer phone calls and provide free Internet access. Charging station locations include Sam’s Clubs, 9000 NW Passage and 1900 W Memorial; Walmart locations, 196 Shawnee Mall Drive in Shawnee, 501 SW 19 in Moore, and 3300 Tri City Drive in Newcastle; and Abundant Life Church, 777 SW 19 in Moore. The mobile charging locations also will be giving away chargers and batteries for those in need. Customers with questions can call customer service by dialing *611 from their cellphones or (888) 944-9400 from a land line.
Rosh Pinah, a Messianic Jewish congregation in Oklahoma City, is offering free cellphones with a month’s worth of unlimited talk and text to tornado survivors. To get one, sign up at roshpinah.org/tornado.
The Oklahoma City-County Health Department is offering free bacterial testing of water from private wells that may have been contaminated by floodwaters. The free testing is available to anyone in Oklahoma City-County who suspects that floodwaters may have inundated a wellhead or infiltrated well water. Water testing kits are available at 921 NE 23. The laboratory is located in room 105 and is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Water well testing requires that you use a sterile container provided by the department and that you collect 100 milliliters of water. Bring the sample to the lab within 24 hours of collection. Results will be available 48 hours after receipt and you will be notified by phone with positive results. For questions concerning water testing, contact the laboratory at 425-4340. Digital and computer restoration
A group of data and forensics professionals calling itself “The Computer Rescue Team” is working to help people recover digital data, such as family photos and other personal files, from devices damaged in the recent tornadoes. Devices include desktop, laptop and tablet computers, cellphones, digital cameras and more. The team includes local computer experts, Moore Public Library and premier data recovery labs. The group urges cleanup crews that find digital devices to set them aside carefully. It they are wet, they should leave them wet and seal them in a plastic bag to prevent oxidation. Computers and other damaged devices may be dropped off at the Moore Public Library, 225 S Howard Ave., for processing. For information, go online to www.computerrescueteam.org.
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