On the Ground in Oklahoma: One Year after Deadly Tornadoes


Almost a year has passed since tornadoes devastated several communities in Oklahoma. In May of 2013, the American Red Cross was there with shelter, food, relief items, mental health support and whatever else residents needed to get back on their feet.

As the news cycle moved on in the following months, the nation’s attention turned away from the destroyed homes and disrupted lives of those affected by the storms. But people were still recovering, and the Red Cross has helped sustain recovery efforts throughout the past 12 months.

Tornadoes are all too frequent in Oklahoma, so the Red Cross has stepped in with preparedness education to help people of all ages and backgrounds stay safe during future storms. A series of videos helps capture Red Cross recovery programs:

  • Oklahoma Preparedness
  • Oklahoma Recovery
  • Oklahoma Pillowcase Project
  • Oklahoma Community Outreach
  • Oklahoma Rebuilding
  • Oklahoma Storm Shelters
  • Oklahoma Children's Cards
  • Today, the Red Cross continues to help people and communities recover in Oklahoma — and the work isn’t complete. Trained Red Cross caseworkers are still meeting one-on-one with thousands of people to help them take the next steps in rebuilding their homes and lives

    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. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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