4/3/15: Oklahoma-City Moore Tornado Update

Good Afternoon,

It has been a privilege to see partnerships at work over the last week of response! Please note with these updates, information will change as partners reallocate resources to best support the community – call 2-1-1, visit websites, and Follow organizations on social media for the most up-to-date info. Please see click this link for instructions on checking information about your agency, registering, and updating existing entries on the 2-1-1 database.

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 collect, purchase, or transport items.

General:

  • The AMERICAN RED CROSS OKC/Moore Service Center closed yesterday @ 7pm. Individual Case Work will be conducted on a case by case basis by appointment or walk in to the Norman American Red Cross (1205 Halley Ave, Norman, OK 73069; 405.321.0591; Hours: 11:00-6:00 pm). See also www.twitter.com/RedCrossOK  www.facebook.com/AmericanRedCrossOklahoma)
  • City of OKC: Information on debris removal in storm-damaged areas is available at the City’s website. If you have questions about bulk waste or storm debris, please call Utilities Customer Service at 297-2833. Emergency Mgmt completed preliminary damage assessment click here to visit www.okc.gov for more detailed information or email Franklin Barnes.
  • City of Moore: See the City’s website for information on the Debris Removal Plan or call the City Managers Office at 793-5200. Preliminary Damage Assessment has been completed click here and the file can be found at the bottom of the page.
  • The Moore Police Department’s new Community Service Unit is available to help solve community problems that may arise. Please feel free to contact 405-793-4661 or email roblein@cityofmoore.com.
  • Oklahoma Insurance Department has 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 info 405-420-5398.

Emotional and Spiritual Care

  • OKStrong is available with teams canvasing the impacted areas ensuring they are doing okay and connecting them to resources they may need, call 405-703-0368
  • Moore Youth and Family Services, Project Moore Hope: Although our primary funding for disaster recovery services is related directly to the May 2013 storms, we can serve anyone who was affected by 3/25/15 who was in the community during the 2013 tornado. Our phone number for services is 703-8772 (620 N.W. 5th St, Suite E-1)

Feeding:

  • Call 2-1-1 for information on local food pantries and resources such as the Moore Food Resource Center (2635 North Shields, Moore, OK 73160) which 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.

Volunteers:

The Oklahoma United Methodist Church, Serve Moore, and Church of the Harvest are actively sharing work orders and collaborating to assure timely (as possible) and efficient care for each home or need. Work Orders are going smoothly and they are moving to a shared database.

  • Oklahoma United Methodist Church: Volunteers are available through Wednesday Apr 8th.  Homeowners with needs should contact Serve Moore to register for assistance in the OKC metro area.
  • Serve Moore: See http://www.servemoore.com/serve Response to the 3/25/15 Oklahoma City-Moore Tornado will be ongoing through the Spring and Summer. On Sat, April 4th, we will run a HALF DAY of volunteering. Please arrive to HQ at 224 S Chestnut Ave at 9am for briefing and team assignment; teams will run until 1pm focusing on  debris removal and sorting for residences and public areas. Please carpool to keep traffic to a minimum. Gloves, tools, debris bags, water provided. On Monday, April 6th, Serve Moore will no longer accept spontaneous volunteers. All volunteer teams must be pre-registered when arriving at HQ for checkin. If you can rally a few friends, church members, civic group buddies, coworkers, anyone, please visit our website to register and let us know your group is coming.Activation of an AmeriCorps NCCC Team was delayed due to housing shortages during the holiday. Katrina with CNCS is working with us to bring the team mid to late next week.

LARC will continue to send info as needed – let us know what is most helpful to receive or send, update us on your activity and how you are available to coordinate with existing partners, or if you need info or other resources. The most helpful updates will 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, website, and Heartline 2-1-1 to increase access to services and provide situational awareness to partner agencies.

Thank you all and have a wonderful weekend!

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

www.oklarc.org
https://www.facebook.com/larcoklahoma
https://twitter.com/OK_LARC

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