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Red Cross Awards $48,000 Storm Shelter Grant to Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity

Moore, OK – The American Red Cross will announced Thursday, April 24th, 2014, a grant to the Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity for $48,000 for the installation of storm shelters in newly built homes.

The Red Cross grant covers the purchase and installation of twenty storm shelters meeting FEMA specifications, in newly built Habitat homes in communities affected by the 2013 spring storms.

“This partnership between the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity affirms the goals of both agency’s to help individuals and communities as a whole be more resilient in the face of future disasters,” said Central and Western Oklahoma regional CEO Janienne Bella. “This is one more way we can get people prepared and this collaboration will no doubt be a model for the rest of the country.”

The grant covers Habitat homes built for storm affected individuals and families from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2015. The two year program will assist twenty families who were uninsured and/or underinsured during last year’s storms.

“We are grateful to the American Red Cross for providing these storm shelters to ensure the safety of our families for future years, said Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity CEO Ann Felton. “We look forward to working with them over the next two years as we continue to build for families affected by these devastating storms.”

Other locations of Habitat homes being built after the storms are Bethel Acres, Carney, Blanchard, Faith Landing near Mustang and in Moore, Oklahoma.

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 .

About Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity
Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that provides affordable housing for hardworking, limited-income families. The organization has built more than 700 new homes in central Oklahoma since 1990, all sold at cost and with no interest charged. For more information, visit or call (405) 232-4828.