From American Red Cross:
A month after the deadly tornadoes hit Oklahoma, the American Red Cross is providing help and comfort with food, relief supplies, health services and emotional support - and we will be there for people in these communities in the months ahead.
Trained Red Cross caseworkers are also meeting one-on-one with people who need extra help with unmet emergency needs and recovery planning.
Now, more than a month later, a Multi-Agency Resource Center remains open in Moore, OK where people from throughout the affected areas can obtain help. Residents who live outside Moore can call (405) 228-9500 for help.
This is a large response spanning multiple communities. Over the past month, more than 1,800 Red Cross workers have been part of our response and nearly 770 workers are assigned there now. The work of the Red Cross has included:
- Serving nearly 460,000 meals and snacks.
- Distributing nearly 400,000 relief items like sunscreen, ice chests, buckets, gloves, dust masks, flashlights, tarps, shovels and rakes.
- Providing 6,300 overnight stays in disaster shelters. Our last Red Cross shelter has closed as people found other places to stay; two community shelters remain open with a total of 80 people on Monday night.
- Opened more than 4,600 cases and provided services to more than 5,000 families through the Multi-Agency Resource Centers.
Donations to the Red Cross are being used to provide immediate help to people in need right now. Working together with local, state and federal partners, the Red Cross is drawing up additional plans on how it will continue to support Oklahoma communities. While needs may change, the Red Cross at present is prepared to support funding in five areas:
- Emergency Response: The Red Cross has already spent or committed more than $6 million for its emergency response and initial assistance to families, and we estimate this will grow to $7 million to $9 million. Our focus right now is on meeting the immediate needs of people in these communities and making sure they have the resources they need.
- Case Management: Red Cross plans to allocate another $3-5 million to provide assistance for families who need extra help from trained caseworkers with unmet emergency needs and recovery planning. This could include assistance with transportation needs, home repairs, security deposits for new housing, storage of belongings, etc.
The remainder of the donations to the Red Cross will be used to support the long-term needs of the affected communities including:
- Individual and Community Resilience such as support for building safe rooms in homes, schools and communities
- School Preparedness programs that include disaster drills, storm-ready programs and First Aid kits
- Community Rebuild projects such as repairs to buildings and infrastructure.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelter, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.