OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, Friday, June 7, 2013 – The American Red Cross continues providing food, shelter, relief items, health services and emotional comfort as people pick up the pieces after the devastating Oklahoma tornadoes hit several communities on May 19, 20 and 31.
“Over 1,500 Red Cross volunteers from across the country are working around-the-clock to help the people of Oklahoma,” said Janienne Bella, regional chief executive officer, American Red Cross, Central and Western Oklahoma Region. “Recovering from a disaster is not a sprint, it’s a marathon, and we will work for weeks and months to come to help our community recover and rebuild.”
Below is an update of Red Cross service delivery since the first tornadoes hit on May 19, 2013.
MULTI-AGENCY RESOURCE CENTERS (click here)
Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARC) remain open throughout the affected areas where hundreds of families are visiting for help from the Red Cross and dozens of additional community organizations. Trained Red Cross caseworkers are also meeting one-on-one with people who need extra help with unmet emergency needs and recovery planning. The following centers are open from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
MOBILE KITCHENS AND FEEDING (click here)
The Red Cross has served more than 320,000 meals and snacks. In partnership with Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief, the Red Cross is supporting the operation of a mobile kitchen at First Baptist Church of Moore, located at 301 NE 27th Street in Moore, where thousands of meals are cooked each day and distributed into highly affected communities on mobile feeding trucks.
MENTAL HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (click here)
The Red Cross has provided more than15,400 health services and mental health contacts. Teams of nurses and trained mental health workers are meeting one-on-one with people to make sure their medical needs are met and that they have comfort and counseling to cope with the aftermath of the storms.
SHELTERING (click here)
The Red Cross has provided 4,302 overnight shelter stays. The following shelters remain open in Oklahoma:
HOW TO GET HELP (click here)
If people affected by recent tornadoes and flooding still need assistance, they can call (405) 228-9500 or they can click here to get help from the Red Cross.
HOW TO HELP (click here)
Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations help provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/OKC or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossOKC.
NOTE TO EDITORS:
Please contact Ken Garcia at (405) 202-0010 if you would like to set up an interview at any of the Red Cross service delivery sites listed above. Ken would be happy to arrange an on-camera interview and/or provide members of the media with a tour at the sites. Please feel free to use the following photos courtesy of the American Red Cross.