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National Tornado Foundation $10,000 Gift to Oklahoma Red Cross

OKLAHOMA CITY — The National Tornado Foundation makes a $10,000 donation to American Red Cross for disaster preparedness and response in Oklahoma allowing the organization to be ready to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“We are honored to receive this donation to benefit the continuing care of disaster victims in Oklahoma,” stated American Red Cross regional Chief Executive Officer, Janienne Bella. “Every day trained Red Cross Disaster Responders stand ready around the clock to care for Oklahomans after disasters such as residential fires, storms and winter weather. Support for disaster preparedness by partners like the National Tornado Foundation ensures our responders remain equipped for the next call for help.”

The gift was presented at a preparedness rally in Moore on November 15. At the rally, the Red Cross provided 160 emergency preparedness kits to families impacted by the May 2013 tornado as well as weather radios to those not directly impacted by the tornado. This donation from the National Tornado Foundation will help the Red Cross continue preparedness programs like this across all of Oklahoma.

“We are thrilled to be able to make this donation,” said National Tornado Summit Committee Co-Chair Kim Decker. “The Red Cross shares our mission of preparing communities for disaster before it strikes, as well as helping them recover quickly when it does happen. We are particularly humbled to be able to make this donation in Moore, a community that embodies strength, resilience and recovery.”

The American Red Cross responds to weather related and man-made disasters across Oklahoma every day, primarily residential fires. For more information on Red Cross care in Oklahoma, visit

Photo Caption: American Red Cross of Oklahoma Regional CEO Janienne Bella accepts a $10,000 donation from the National Tornado Foundation to help support Red Cross preparedness and disaster relief services.

About the National Tornado Foundation:

The National Tornado Foundation is a national forum leader in improving disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery and proponent of saving lives and property. The National Tornado Foundation organizes the National Tornado Summit in Oklahoma City.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies 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