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Oklahoma Ends Last Year, Starts New Year With Severe Weather Response

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If you’ve lived in Oklahoma even for a short time, you understand that severe weather can happen during any month.

If you’ve lived in Oklahoma even for a short time, you understand that severe weather can happen during any month.

This year has been no exception, with a variety of severe weather causing loss of life and damage to property starting before Christmas.

American Red Cross workers have been providing needed disaster relief, care and comfort to neighbors affected by winter weather and power outages in western counties; floods and severe storms starting before Christmas through January.

Trained Disaster Teams have been providing needed services in affected communities from emergency shelters, warming stations, food, disaster supplies, health services and emotional support plus other assistance to begin their recovery.

During this response the following care was provided:

  • More than 13 Red Cross response vehicles activated to deliver food, water and disaster relief supplies in areas affected by severe weather.
  • Operated or supported 13 emergency and warming shelters, with more than 100 overnight stays, providing safe and warm places for those affected by winter weather.
  • Served more than 12,600 meals and snacks to affected residents impacted residents.
  • Conducted damage assessment identifying 184 homes either destroyed or with major damage from severe weather.
  • Delivered more than 7,900 disaster clean up supplies including comfort kits with personal toiletry items and cleanup kits with shovels, rakes and gloves.
  • Provided health and mental health services to more than 243 individuals, including emotional and first aid support.
  • Mobilized 180 Red Cross workers who have been tirelessly delivering services to impacted communities.
  • To be prepared for the next round of severe weather, download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive more than 30 weather alerts as well as tips on what to do for each before, during and after. For more info on the Emergency App click here.

    To help support the around the clock free disaster relief and care provided by the Red Cross click here.