The American Red Cross, along with partner agencies, will be taking another step toward long-term recovery in Oklahoma following the May tornadoes. The Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) located at Westmoore High School will be transitioning to long-term recovery on July 3.
The transition does not mean assistance from the Red Cross is ending. Caseworkers will be available to meet those still needing assistance.
“The transition of the Multi-Agency Resource Center is a positive as it indicates people are getting the emergency help they need,” said Janienne Bella, CEO of the Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma. “The Red Cross will be here to help the community recover for years to come.”
The MARCs in Carney, Little Axe, Shawnee and El Reno have already transitioned over to long-term recovery. The Red Cross will continue to reach out to clients who have not been able to meet with caseworkers. This will be done in different ways including going door-to-door and sending outreach teams.
To date, the Red Cross has assisted over 19,000 clients through casework. This includes a number of things, such as assistance with transportation, minor home repairs, security deposits for new housing, storage of salvaged belongings, connecting people with social service programs, helping them fill out paperwork for assistance or insurance claims, getting them counseling or identifying child care resources.
One of those clients helped by the Red Cross is Jamie from El Reno. She and her family lost everything in the May 31 EF 5 tornado. Jamie met with trained Red Cross workers who helped provide her assistance for her emergency needs. The Red Cross also provided her with diapers, water, personal hygiene items, gloves, shovels, rakes and much more. All of this made possible thanks to generous donors.
Thanks to those donors across the country, the Red Cross has received approximately $28.4 million in donations and pledges for its response to the Oklahoma tornadoes.
The Red Cross has already spent or committed more than $8 million for its emergency response and initial assistance to families in Oklahoma, and estimates that this will grow to $9 million.
Working together with local, state and federal partners, the Red Cross is drawing up additional plans on how it will continue to support Oklahoma communities. This will be done through Long Term Recovery Committees. While needs may change, the Red Cross at present is prepared to support funding in five areas:
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. To learn more go online to www.redcross.org/okc.