Oklahoma Tornadoes One Year Anniversary

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The American Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma remains active in Oklahoma one year after powerful and deadly tornadoes struck our community.

The Red Cross provided hope, comfort and support immediately following the storms and today is helping individuals and communities rebuild their lives. We could not do the work we do without the support of generous donors and we can never thank them enough for their support. Learn more about how your donation dollars supported the Oklahoma community.

News Articles

Red Cross Efforts In Moore Schools

August 26th, 2014 | This is the second school year since the deadly tornadoes hit central Oklahoma in May 2013. However, it is the first year for students at Briarwood and Plaza Towers elementary schools to be in their new buildings. Read more.


Red Cross Announces $2 Million Grant to Oklahoma City Storm Shelter Program

August 25th, 2014 | The American Red Cross announced today a grant of $2.075 million to the City of Oklahoma City for its shelter rebate program. Read more.


Moore Family Moves Home One Year Later

August 19, 2014 | Red Cross helped Jamie Baker get her home rebuilt on the exact same spot a little over a year later. Read more.


Red Cross is Changing "Little" Lives in Canadian County

June 2, 2014 | Red Cross teaches students disaster preparedness just before the end of the school year. Read more.


Red Cross Preparedness Kits Touching Oklahoma’s Hispanic Community

May 29, 2014 | Red Cross providing preparedness kits to all tornado and storm affected communties in Oklahoma. Read more.


Moore, Oklahoma Students Support Red Cross

May 20, 2014 | The students decorated a paper box with a colored red cross and cut a hole on the top to pass around for donations. Students dropped in change wearing the biggest smiles. Read more.


Red Cross Helps "Rock the Block" with 150 Preparedness Kits

May 19, 2014 | On hand was the Red Cross with a team of volunteers and preparedness kits. Residents waited in line to get their weather radio, smoke detector, first aid kit, flashlight and have a one-on-one dialogue about what to do next time there is an emergency. Read more.


Red Cross Awards $6.5 Million in Grants for Storm Shelters in OK

May 15, 2014 | The American Red Cross is awarding $6.5 million in new grants to communities in Oklahoma to help homeowners affected by last May’s tornadoes install new storm shelters. Read more.


Red Cross Delivers Preparedness Class to Union City Schools

May 06, 2014 | The goal of the tornado preparedness class is to help children understand what tornadoes are and how they act as well as empower every student to be prepared in the event of one. Read more.


Red Cross Providing Hope and Help in El Reno

April 25, 2014 | A tornado was a sight 55 year-old Ron Percy had witnessed before, but on May 31st, 2013, it hit home. Read more.


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

April 24, 2014 | The American Red Cross awards a grant to the Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity for $48,000 for the installation of twenty storm shelters in newly built homes in communities affected by the 2013 spring storms. Read more.


Red Cross Holds Preparedness Event in OKC Hispanic Community

March 31, 2014 | In an effort to better reach the Hispanic community, the Red Cross launched a Hispanic outreach effort, the Cruz Roja, in the south Oklahoma City area. The event took place at Oklahoma City Community College in Capitol Hill. Read more.


Red Cross Delivers Preparedness Kits to Steelman Estates

March 24, 2014 | The pinging of an alert system echoes loudly throughout Dan Schnackenberg’s new home. The sound is coming from a weather radio an American Red Cross worker is programming in the corner of his kitchen. Read more.


Red Cross Provides Dinner and HOME Preparedness Kits to Little Ax, Oklahoma Storm Victims

February 24, 2014 | Dozens of Red Cross volunteers armed with preparedness H.O.M.E. kits provided one-on-one briefings with 60 households during the two-hour gathering. H.O.M.E. stands for Helping Oklahoman Manage Emergencies. Read more.


Red Cross in Oklahoma Delivers Preparedness Kits in Tornado Ravaged Bethel Acres

February 18, 2014 | Stoney Parkhill recently installed his new storm shelter close enough to get to it quickly and after the Red Cross delivered his H.O.M.E. Preparedness kit on Saturday, February 15, he has everything he needs inside as well. Read more.


The Red Cross Helps Moore, Oklahoma Schools on Road to Recovery

February 13, 2014 | Nine months after a devastating tornado destroyed two of the district’s elementary schools, the American Red Cross provided support as the final beams were raised on new construction. Read more.


Red Cross in Oklahoma Awards Grant To Moore Shelter Program

January 24, 2014 | 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. Read more.


Red Cross Helps El Reno Woman Into New Home Before Holidays

December 20, 2013 | This holiday, 68 year old Sandra Ellis will tell you, she has a lot to be thankful for. She’s ridden out numerous storms this season and survived. Read more.


Red Cross Continues To Assist Families in Shawnee

December 20, 2013 | As a family moved from disaster to recovery waves of assistance have come from the Red Cross. Read more.


Red Cross Provides Early Holiday Gift to Oklahoma School

December 04, 2013 | The American Red Cross delivered a brand new keyboard and amplifier to the Crutcho School District, continuing its promise to help schools rebuild following the May storms and tornadoes. Read more.


Red Cross Helps El Reno Resident With Recovery Needs

October 18, 2013 | The American Red Cross and partners are thrilled to officially opened the long-term recovery center in El Reno. Read more.


Oklahoma Red Cross and Partners Dedicate Shawnee Recovery Office

October 15, 2013 | The American Red Cross and its partners dedicated the recovery center in Shawnee on October 15 to a packed house. Read more.


Red Cross Helps OK Teachers Buy Personal Classroom Items

August 14, 2013 | Back to school is always a very busy time of year for school districts as teachers and staff are preparing their classrooms with supplies, decorations and other personal items. More often than not, these items come from a teacher’s wallet. Read more.


Red Cross Helps Woman Pick Up Pieces After Tornado

August 07, 2013 | A possible tornado was being tracked just south of their home, but Dora Tinsley thought they appeared to be in the clear. Read more.