The American Red Cross announced this week it has awarded a grant to the City of Moore, Oklahoma for $3.75 million for the city’s storm shelter program, ShelterMoore.
The grant comes from the $51 million donated to the American Red Cross following the May storms and tornadoes.
“Generous donations that came in following the tornadoes allowed us to help fund this program for our neighbors to recover and be better prepared for future disasters,” said Central and Western Oklahoma regional CEO Janienne Bella. “The Red Cross is committed to helping the impacted areas and we want them to know we are here for them.”
Linda Danes lived in Moore, Oklahoma. She rode out the storm with her daughter, sister and three grandchildren in an underground storm shelter. Her house took a direct him from the tornado and was leveled. She is moving back into the community into a different home without a shelter and says one of the first things she is doing is applying with the shelter program.
“I think everyone needs a storm shelter because without it things would have turned out very different for me and my family,” Danes told the Red Cross. “The Red Cross has been so helpful and I’m so thankful donors provided the funds to make this type of a program available because there’s no way I could afford this on my own.”
The Red Cross is in discussions with other communities impacted by the storms for similar grants.
The Red Cross is helping lead recovery efforts across all communities affected by the May storms and tornadoes through long-term case management as part of the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project.