Woodward tornado: Workshop organized to help storm victims rebuild

Agencies are teaming up to hold a free workshop Monday in Woodward to help residents affected by a tornado that ripped through the area April 15.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: May 2, 2012

— Oklahoma agencies are planning a free public workshop to help those affected by the April 15 tornado.

“Picking Up the Pieces After a Disaster” will provide information, support and resources to help residents recover and rebuild. It is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at the High Plains Technology Center, 3921 34th St.

The Northwest Center for Behavioral Health, the state Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and the American Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma are teaming up to host the event.

Nearly 100 Red Cross staff and volunteers from Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, Wyoming and others states were scattered across Woodward, Norman and Jackson County to help the hundreds of families affected by tornadoes and storms in April.

According to Red Cross damage estimates, more than 650 homes were affected by the storms and nearly 50 people took cover in a Red Cross shelter in the weeks after.

More than 240 people in the affected communities are getting one-on-one emergency assistance from the Red Cross.

Anyone with questions about the workshop can call (580) 571-3233. For Red Cross assistance call (580) 256-3828.

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