Oklahoma City-Moore Tornado Situation Update #1: 3/27/15

Good Afternoon,

Thank you all for your support! Below is a consolidated list of info, some publicly available, some from LARC partners who communicated with us directly. Please note, information will change as partners assess services in impacted areas and reallocate resources to best support the community while reducing duplication. Visit websites and Follow organizations on social media for the most up-to-date information. 

Additionally, IMMEDIATE ATTENTION REQUIRED, members of OK Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and other organizations are actively encouraging clients to call Heartline 2-1-1 for recovery assistance. IF YOUR ORGANIZATION OR PROGRAM IS NOT ALREADY REGISTERED WITH 2-1-1, CLIENTS WILL NOT BE DIRECTED TO YOU FOR DISASTER RECOVERY SERVICES. The 2-1-1 database is 100% online, so check your agency’s information on the website and contact 2-1-1 to register or update existing information (see Blogpost and subsequent email for more information).

Donations:

As supplies are distributed, monetary donations allow organizations flexibility to purchase items as needed. Also, buying supplies locally builds resilience in local businesses and economy. Several orgs are taking specific donations from neighboring Oklahomans but please visit their website, social media, & call to confirm the need is not already met before you purchase or transport items.

General:

  • National Weather Service Norman released a Preliminary Damage Survey yesterday: website or Twitter or Facebook
  • OGE for electrical outages see www.oge.com >> Outage Center or Twitter or Facebook
  • City of OKC: Emergency Mgmt preliminary damage assessment of residences and businesses is ongoing across approximately 60 square miles; Public Works debris removal and traffic signal repair is progressing; one street is still closed (N. Council from Reno to NW 10th); updates to the 2 main areas of damage in OKC will be available (SW 119 from S. May to the Moore city limits; N. Council to N. Rockwell from Reno to NW 10th)
  • City of Moore Emergency Mgmt is conducting damage assessments.
  • City of Moore Debris Removal Plan: MOORE, OK 3/27/15: The City of Moore will begin storm debris pick-up Monday, March 30th. Storm debris needs to be: Moved to the edge of your curb, not covering your water meter, separated (separate tree limbs from the rest of the debris; separate refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioning systems as well; refrigerator/freezer doors must be removed. Several passes will be made through the damage area but please make every effort to have all storm debris at curbside as quickly as possible.
  • The Moore Police Department’s new Community Service Unit and is available to help solve community problems that may arise.  Please feel free to call anytime at 405-793-4661 or email me at roblein@cityofmoore.com.
  • Oklahoma Insurance Department reports 1,100 claims filed across the state so far. They are distributing fraud awareness signs and the anti-fraud division patrolling areas in marked SUVs that say “OK Insurance Anti-Fraud” – they are CLEET certified and can write citations or check out contractors. Contact Amanda Riddle for more information 405-420-5398.
  • Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project (ODRP) Case Managers are calling May 2013 clients. They are seeing a need for Emotional and Spiritual Care, debris, and tarping across areas. They connect clients with local resources identified through OK VOAD. As they receiving call and walk-ins from new families impacted by the March 2015 storms ODRP helps to redirect them to local resources.

Emotional and Spiritual Care

  • OKStrong has members at the Community Renewal Center (224 S Chestnut) and out in affected areas; or call 405-703-0368
  • Oklahoma Conference of Churches Credentialed Spiritual Care Team will be out in the area today call 405-315-1528 for more information.
  • OK VOAD, Emotional and Spiritual Care Committee has a conference call scheduled for this afternoon at 3:30 central time

Feeding:

  • The Moore Food Resource Center (2635 North Shields, Moore, OK 73160) is open normal hours (MWF 11-4, TH 1-6, 3rd Sat of each month 10-12), will continue to serve clients as usual, and will also assist those who lost food due to extended power outages or structural damage. Denisse Marti takes calls at 600-3183 for general inquiries and organizations trying to contact us, can reach me (Tyler Geohagan) at 405-600-3140
  • The Salvation Army mobile feeding unit and canteen were in the NW 10th and I-35 area this morning but have redeployed at 312 N. Janeway Youth & Family Services. They may utilize the catering truck & all terrain vehicles for mobile outreach in the neighborhoods.

Volunteers:
The Oklahoma United Methodist Church, Serve Moore, and Church of the Harvest are actively sharing work orders and collaborating.

  • Oklahoma United Methodist Church has flood buckets, tarps, furring strips, and plywood at their Volunteer Reception Center at Moore First Methodist. They are taking phone calls from homeowners, doing work order scouting, and have a few teams coming this weekend. Methodist volunteer teams can call 405-388-5589 to volunteer. Home owners of all backgrounds can call for assistance 405-568-9935 or 405-445-2577. Accepting donations of OSB and tarps and have available furring strips, tarps, OSB, and volunteers; home owners can pick up flood buckets.
  • Serve Moore had 230 volunteers yesterday who worked on damaged public property. Today around 100 volunteers are doing debris removal in the Southgate area, local parks, and assisting Moore Public Schools. Volunteers may report to the Community Renewal Center at 224 S Chestnut. Call 405-735-3060 with questions or visit Facebook page. We have moving boxes and packing tape for disaster impacted families who need them. And, have accepted requests for space at the Community Renewal Center from the Oklahoma Insurance Commission and Better Business Bureau. Visit servemoore.com or call 405-735-3060 for more information.
  • Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Disaster Relief is currently working out of the OKC office has chaplains, chain saw, skid steer, tarping, and recovery crews ready for anyone that needs help; assessors out surveying the damage and signing home owners up; they have 3 phone numbers to for assistance (OKC and Tulsa) 405-443-7583; 405-388-6912; 405-415-5261
  • The Cleveland County Health Department has tetanus shots available that include pertussis (whooping cough) –  two-for-one deal at no charge at all -locations, including the Moore office on the NE corner of 4th & Eastern, in the shopping center – open 8am-5pm M-F (arrive by 4pm if possible); (405) 794-1591 if you have questions; For a full list of services please see http://cleveland.health.ok.gov

LARC will continue to send info as it is available – let us know what is most helpful to receive or send. Update us if your organization is active, if your organization is available to coordinate with existing efforts, or if you need information or other resources. The most helpful updates will arrive before 8:00 am and include point of contact, links to website and social media, the information that you would like released and to whom.The most helpful organizations will regularly update social media and website information to increase access to services and provide situational awareness to partner agencies.

Thank you all and have a wonderful day!

Caroline Wiegman
LARC Program Coordinator
Office: 405-759-1900

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