Journey Church in Norman has a hub of supplies and volunteers supporting relief efforts. Go online to helpmoorerebuild.com to request assistance.
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 tornadoes. People should call 632-6688. Representatives will be at some of the shelters.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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
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.
The Norman Family La Leche League, a breastfeeding support group, has breast pumps, breast pads, burp cloths, breastfeeding clothing, nursing bras, nursing slings, milk storage supplies and numerous other items for breastfeeding mothers who have lost these things due in the recent tornado activity.
Hygeia Medical Group, Inc. has sent two new Hygeia electric breast pumps and five Personal Care Kits so that mothers in a shelter can share a single breast pump, or these can be used by an individual mother. Other individuals and groups from California, Indiana, New Jersey and Ohio, as well as individuals in Oklahoma, have donated other electric and manual breast pumps as well as many other items for individual mothers.
All are available free to help breastfeeding mothers impacted by the tornadoes to maintain or rebuild their milk supply and continue breastfeeding during this time of stress.
Currently, all items are being held by Sandy Moore-Furneaux, as other agencies do not have space. All items are free to breastfeeding mothers impacted by the tornado. To gain access to these items, mothers or support agencies may go online to the Norman La Leche League’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LaLecheLeagueNormanOK?fref=ts, email Moore-Furneaux at LLLSandy@yahoo.com or call 579-4667.
If you are, or are aware of any OSU graduates who lost an Oklahoma State University diploma during the destruction caused by this spring’s storms and tornados, OSU will replace those free of charge. To request a replacement diploma from OSU contact W. Stephen Damron, assistant dean, Academic Programs College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at 136 Ag Hall, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078; or by phone at 405-744-5395.
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