“Everybody's just doing what they gotta do,” he said. “It's not new anymore; it's just what we're doing.”
Across the street, Rachel Dean and her 2-year-old son, Deacon, spent the day helping clean up the homes of fellow congregation members from Oakcrest Church of Christ in Oklahoma City.
The work and the evidence of progress, just a few short days after utter destruction, is enough to make most of the homeowners and volunteers remember how to smile, Dean said.
“It's horrific, but today you see all the love,” she said. “It's pretty cool just to see all the people reaching out and helping each other.”
Kelly Cain, spokeswoman for the state Department of Emergency Management, said more than 3,900 people have registered for disaster aid so far and nearly $3 million in aid has been approved.
She said folks who experienced property loss or damage are asked to call (800) 621-FEMA or register online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
There are several other outlets for assistance, Cain said, ranging from the U.S. Small Business Administration to voluntary assistance agencies like the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
“There's still a lot of, you know, trying to recover lost items and all that, and that's still very important,” Cain said. “But from a state perspective we are working hard just to try and get the word out about the assistance.”
President Barack Obama is expected to tour some of the neighborhoods affected by the storm Sunday, and a public memorial service is scheduled for 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Moore.