Oklahoma Tornadoes

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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 Helps Students in Moore, Oklahoma Prepare for Storms
May 09, 2014 | The students of Briarwood Elementary have been using a church as their make-shift school for the last year. Today is no different except in one renovated office nearly two-dozen fourth graders are huddling together to answer questions about tornadoes. Read more.

Red Cross Delivers Preparedness Class to Union City Schools
May 06, 2014 | The sound of a dozen kindergartener voices ring through the gymnasium at the Union City schools. “Why is a flashlight in our preparedness kit?” asks the American Red Cross leader to the group of six year olds. Adults likely know the answer, but this class, taught by the American Red Cross, is designed specifically for younger ones. 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. He had been outside snapping pictures of the twister when it turned and headed right for the El Reno home he shared with his wife of 39 years. 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 | The American Red Cross works with people of all different backgrounds, nationalities and circumstances. 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. 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 | It was nearly standing room only in the Little Ax Baptist Church meeting hall Saturday, February 22, as more than 100 people packed in for dinner and a kit at the invitation of the American Red Cross. Read more.

Red Cross in Oklahoma Delivers Preparedness Kits in Tornado Ravaged Bethel Acres
February 18, 2014 | The red dirt still looks freshly moved outside 67 year old Stoney Parkhill’s home in Bethel Acres. He 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. Unfortunately she can’t say the same for her home. But thanks to the American Red Cross all that has changed in time for the holidays. Read more.

Red Cross Continues To Assist Families in Shawnee
December 20, 2013 | It is not the threat of winter weather Robert Kerstetter worries about right now. Instead he still focuses on the thirteen inches of rain that forced flood waters into his family homestead last May. The spring storms dumped days of rain in the creek that runs behind his house. Read more.

Red Cross Provides Early Holiday Gift to Oklahoma School
December 04, 2013 | The holidays arrived early for a small school district east of Oklahoma City. 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 | Five months have passed since May storms and tornadoes. 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 | Those affected by the May storms and tornadoes continue to be assisted by the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project nearly five months after the storms. 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.

Two Months Later Red Cross Recovery Efforts Continue in Okla.
Friday, July 19, 2013 | Two months after the deadly tornadoes hit Oklahoma, the American Red Cross continues to provide help and comfort to people in need now. Read more.

One Month Later, Red Cross Continues Okla. Relief Effort
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 | Red Cross caseworkers and other disaster volunteers continue to help and comfort Oklahomans with food, relief supplies, health services and emotional support. Read more.

The Road to Recovery: An Oklahoma Story
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 | On May 20, Gina Janzen, a second-grade teacher at Briarwood Elementary School in Moore, Okla., was told by school administrators that there was going to be a tornado and to begin implementing the school’s tornado plan. Read more.

Two Weeks Later Oklahomans Still Getting Red Cross Help
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 | The American Red Cross responded almost immediately and is still in the affected communities, making sure people have a safe place to stay, food to eat, access to relief items and cleaning supplies, health services and emotional comfort. Read more.

Red Cross Responds to Tornadoes, Flooding, Wildfires
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 | The American Red Cross is helping people across several states affected by flooding, severe weather and wildfires while continuing to help people in Oklahoma impacted by last week’s devastating tornadoes. Read more.

Red Cross Delivers Relief Supplies and Hot Meals throughout Okla.
Sunday, May 26, 2013 | This holiday weekend, Red Cross disaster workers are continuing to support shelters, kitchens, community centers and emergency aid stations where people can find a safe refuge, food and snacks, emotional support, relief supplies, health care services and information about what other help is available. Read More.

Okla. Residents Get Vital Services, Support at Red Cross Shelter
Saturday, May 25, 2013 | Moore Community Center, which initially opened as a Red Cross shelter immediately after the tornado hit, has worked closely with community agencies to provide tornado victims with important resources and services. Read More.

Red Cross Tornado Relief Will Continue Over Holiday Weekend
Thursday, May 23, 2013 | Emergency aid stations and shelters will be open and disaster workers will be handing out food and relief supplies to those affected by this week’s devastating storms. Read more.

Red Cross Ramps Up Relief Efforts in Oklahoma
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | Already this week, more than 200 Red Cross disaster workers in Oklahoma have opened shelters, kitchens and emergency aid stations. Read more.

Red Cross Helping Tornado Victims With Shelter, Food, Supplies
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | The American Red Cross is working around the clock to help people in Oklahoma after Monday’s devastating tornadoes with shelters, food, water and supplies, and more workers, supplies and equipment are moving into the area today. Read more.

Red Cross Statement on Oklahoma Tornado
Monday, May 20, 2013 | The American Red Cross issued the following statement following the tornado in Oklahoma. Read More.

Red Cross Helping Tornado Victims Across the Midwest
Monday, May 20, 2013 | The American Red Cross is helping people in the Midwest with shelter, food, relief supplies and emotional comfort after tornadoes over the weekend destroyed homes and left thousands without power. Read More.

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