Various agencies continue to offer support to victims of Oklahoma's tornadoes. Here are key locations where help is available, as well as websites and phone numbers:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management now have a single Disaster Recovery Center to help people get the federal assistance they need, although businesses can get additional help at the U.S. Small Business Association Disaster Loan Outreach Center and the separate Business Recovery Center. Here are details:
The Disaster Recovery Center for individuals is located at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, 304 SW 134th and is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Sundays, although it closes at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays.
The U.S. Small Business Administration Loan Outreach Center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays at Jenk Simmons Fieldhouse, 214 N Country Club Road, El Reno.
The Business Recovery Center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at Moore Norman Technology, 13301 S Pennsylvania Ave.
Deadline to apply for FEMA assistance has been extended to Aug. 19. Apply by phone between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily by calling (800) 621-3362 or online at DisasterAssistance.gov. Type m.fema.gov on a smart phone.
Official Red Cross shelters
The Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) located at Westmoore High School has closed, and he Red Cross and other agencies have now transitioned over to long-term recovery efforts.
Help from American Red Cross will remain available to individuals and families in all affected areas.
A call center has been set up to field calls for those seeking Red Cross support at (866) 477-7276.
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.
The Salvation Armycontinues to offer assistance to those in need and has set up a call center now that the Multi-Agency Resource Centers have closed. Casework teams will be available to respond to people who call (866) 477-7276, which is also the number people can call for Red Cross assistance.
For the latest Salvation Army news, check out disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org, www.salvationarmyaok.org, www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOK, www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOKEDS or www.Facebook.com/SalArmyAOK
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.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. 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.
People affected by recent storms and tornadoes can shop for and personally select items they need in the Christmas Connection Inc. store at 5728 S May Ave. There is no cost to shop for available items such as cookware, bedding, housewares and more. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Those needing long-term help can register for the Crisis Relief program, in order to shop for up to one year while they rebuild. Call 634-2006 or visit christmasconnection.org for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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