Response Vehicles Driving Through Providing Hot Meals to Disaster Survivors
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, Tuesday, May 28, 2019 — American Red Cross disaster responders continue to provide relief and comfort to Oklahomans as they recover from the severe flooding and storms across the state. Eight shelters remain open and several others are currently on standby. More than 527 overnight stays have been provided and many more are visiting every day for hot meals and information about what help is available.
Trained Red Cross health and mental health workers are providing services to people at the shelters, including emotional support and replacing prescription medications and eyeglasses. Response vehicles are currently driving through storm-damaged neighborhoods, delivering food, water, and clean-up supplies such as bleach, mops, gloves, rakes and shovels.
“It’s heart-wrenching to see the destruction this storm has caused and that so many people have lost everything,” said Red Cross of Oklahoma Chapter Executive Lynn Horton. “Red Cross workers are here now, providing shelter, food and comfort, and we’ll be here in the days and weeks to come to help people begin to recover.”
Since Wednesday, May 22, 233 Red Cross workers have:
- Served 7,153 meals and snacks
- Distributed nearly 100 relief supplies including clean-up kits and comfort kits with hygiene items
- Provided 527 overnight stays in Red Cross shelters
- Made over 264 mental health or health-related contacts
- Hundreds of homes have been assessed for damage and Red Cross volunteers continue to seek out neighborhoods and other impacted areas for additional support.
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