Moore Tornado Resources – How You Can Help
OK State Official Tornado Website:
Many have asked Firestorm how they can contribute to efforts to those in Moore, Oklahoma.
While the following is in no way complete, we have compiled a list of resources and contacts.
Let’s walk alongside those affected by the Moore tornado as they begin their difficult journey. You can find ways to help today by downloading the paper Connecting with those in Crisis – a Post-Moore, Oklahoma Brief.
Note: As with any disaster, there are those who would take advantage of the situation. Please be alert to scams and solicitations of funds and donations.
Oklahoma City — Gov. Mary Fallin announced today that the White House has approved the state’s request for disaster assistance for five Oklahoma counties hit hard by this week’s deadly tornadoes.
The disaster assistance benefits individuals and business owners impacted by the severe storms that occurred May 18 and continuing in Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie counties. Gov. Fallin noted with additional damage assessments other counties could be added to the declaration.
The announcement comes in the wake of three days of tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding, which killed more than 50 people and injured more than 120.
“We very much appreciate the support and quick action of President Obama in approving Oklahoma’s request for federal disaster assistance in the wake of today’s devastating storms,” Governor Fallin said.
To apply for disaster assistance individuals and business owners may call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or go online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
The designation ensures federal assistance for housing repairs or temporary housing, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest loans for individuals and businesses to repair or replace damaged property, disaster unemployment assistance, and grants for serious needs and necessary disaster expenses not met by other programs.
Additionally, the declaration grants public assistance for state and local governments in the five counties to assist with debris removal and emergency protective measures to include overtime for first responders. The declaration also provides direct federal assistance in the form of bottled water, blankets, meals-ready-to-eat and other bulk supplies.
Feed the Children has taken over the distribution of many distributed items since the organization has both the capacity to store the items and to transport them to the greatest areas of need.
In addition, the Salvation Army reported Thursday that it had obtained a 100,000-square-foot warehouse space to collect and sort items like food and water and hygiene products to distribute to people in Moore. As the focus in Moore moves from search and rescue to clean up, The Salvation Army will be providing assistance – food, hydration and spiritual counseling – as needed to everyone involved.
With much of the city still blocked by debris, Salvation Army canteens, or mobile kitchens, are roving through the impacted area to ensure food and hydration is provided to everyone. Monetary donations are the most critical need for many organizations as supplies and personnel are sent to the affected areas.
For those still collecting items, Feed the Children has established nine locations in Oklahoma City to accept donations that will aid victims of the Moore tornadoes. They are: Feed The Children McCormick Distribution Center, 29 N McCormick; First Baptist Church, 1201 N Robinson; KOCO-TV, 1300 E Britton Rd.; Faith Tabernacle Church, Interstate 40 and Portland; TLC Garden Center, 105 W Memorial Rd., Continental Resources, 20 N Broadway; Bob Moore Parking Lot, 412 W Reno; Thermal Windows, 6405 NW 23, Bethany; and Cornerstone Church, 9900 SE 15, Midwest City.
Items that will be accepted at these locations are diapers, canned goods, nonperishable food and snack items, water and sports drinks. Cash donations are also welcome, especially since Feed the Children’s agreements with retailers allow the group to buy items for less cost than the general public, said spokesman Erin Engelke.
Cash donations to help with Feed the Children’s relief efforts can also be made by phone at (800) 627-4556, online at www.feedthechildren.org/disaster, or by texting “DISASTER” to 80888.
Many organizations are collecting supplies to aid with relief and recovery from the tornado, and they are providing locations for people to drop off their items. Top needs are bottled water, Gatorade-type sports drinks, work gloves, individually wrapped snacks, but each group lists slightly different things.
In addition to Feed the Children, mentioned above, here are the sites along with dropoff times and locations:
Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52, is serving as a drop-off point for relief donations, including bottled water, Gatorade-type sports drinks, diapers, baby wipes, baby formula and canned foods at the museum box office during operating hours. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.
In addition, residents of Shawnee and Moore who were displaced by the tornadoes will be given free museum admission through Friday. For more information, call 602-6664 or www.sciencemuseumok.org.
The Tuttle FFA is having a donation drive from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Old Williams Parking Lot on Main Street. People are asked to bring bottled water, Gatorade, diapers, work gloves, baby wipes, individually wrapped snacks, baby formula, hand towels and nonperishable items.
Crossings Community Church, 2208 W Hefner, is now a donation site for bottled water and energy/sports drinks; nonperishable items, including protein and granola bars, diapers and work gloves. Drop off items between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays. Also, financial donations can be made online at crossingsokc.org/giving. Sign in or create an account, select “missions” and then select “disaster relief fund” to send your donation directly to tornado relief.
Crossings is also working with the the international humanitarian relief organization Convoy of Hope, which has sent a team to Moore with supplies from its World Distribution Center in Springfield, Mo., and is accepting additional items at Crossings’ south Oklahoma City location at 8900 S. Shields Blvd. Drop off items from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. To make a contribution to Convoy of Hope, go online to www.convoyofhope.org. Donate $10 via cellphone by texting the word CONVOY to 50555. Read More
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Operation BBQ: Operation BBQ Relief will be deploying to Moore, OK. Many of you have expressed interest in deploying. Please register at http://operationbbqrelief.org/
Operation BBQ Relief is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation founded in May, 2011 in response to a need for relief efforts in tornado-stricken Joplin, Missouri. In the wake of this nearly unprecedented destruction, competition barbecue teams from eight states answered the call to help feed displaced families and police, fire, National Guard and emergency personnel. The group, headed by Stan Hays (County Line Smokers), Jeff Stith (Big Creek BBQ) and Will Cleaver (Sticks N Chicks BBQ), was able to serve over 120,000 barbecue meals in less than two weeks during the operation in Joplin. They will now provide the same, much needed service to Moore.
Tornado Relief drop off locations: (Go to end of post for complete list)
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma says it is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. Text FOOD to 32333 to donate $10 to the group.
Contributions to the Moore & Shawnee Tornado Relief Fund can be made online to the Tulsa Community Fund at www.TulsaCF.org. Donations can also be mailed to TCF offices at 7030 S. Yale, Suite 600, Tulsa, OK, 74136.
The Official City of Moore Twitter Page.
@MooreEOC for Emergency Management
Twitter hashtags for Moore, OK
#OKMissing #OpOK #Moore
Do Your Part has launched a Facebook page for the devastating Tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma on Mon. afternoon, May 20th, 2013. They are providing vital, active severe weather alerts that are ongoing, directing people to shelters, relief, and important information vital to residents.
Click on link below to go directly to Do Your Part Resource Directory for
Moore Oklahoma Tornado Info, Relief & Recovery; also found on facebook link above.
Each section below has a number of resource links within each category
DISTRIBUTION (AND OTHER ASSISTANCE/WHERE TO GET HELP) – http://tinyurl.com/Distribution-Get-or-Give-Help
DONATION COLLECTION SITES ~ http://tinyurl.com/Moore-OK-Donation-Sites
EMERGENCY SHELTER – http://tinyurl.com/Moore-OK-Emergency-Shelters
EVENTS ~ http://tinyurl.com/Moore-OK-Events
FACEBOOK PAGES ~ http://tinyurl.com/Moore-OK-Facebook-Pages
IMPORTANT NOTICES ~ http://tinyurl.com/Moore-OK-Important-Notices
MEDICAL ~ http://tinyurl.com/Moore-OK-Medical
MISSING PERSONS ~ http://tinyurl.com/Moore-OK-Missing-Persons
VOLUNTEER ~ http://tinyurl.com/Moore-OK-Volunteer
The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army says it is activating disaster response teams and mobile feeding units to help residents and rescuers in Moore. To donate for the Salvation Army’s tornado relief in Oklahoma please visit: https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/eds/aok
This organization says donations will “go straight to help those in need providing tree removal services, laundry services and meals to victims of disasters.” It is requesting monetary donations (It says clothing is NOT needed). For more information, and to donate, visit .
United Way of Central Oklahoma: A disaster relief fund is being activated as of May 21 so that individuals can specifically donated to tornado relief-and-recovery efforts, the organization says on its site. “Financial contributions are the best way to help unless otherwise requested.” Donations can be made online at United Way of Central Oklahoma’s Disaster Relief Fund is open. Donations may be made . Checks, with a notation of “May Tornado Relief” can also be sent to the United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK , 73101
link to donate to the Red Cross’ tornado relief in Oklahoma . Or use your cell phone to donate: Support #OKwx efforts – give online @SalvationArmyUSA.org or text “STORM” to 80888 2 make $10 donation #tornado
Safe and Well. The site is: www.safeandwell.org. People can enter their information on the site or use a search feature to see if their loved ones are listed.
Moore Tornado Lost and Found: Connect with loved ones on this Facebook page in the wake of the May 20, 2013 Moore tornado. Let them know you’re OK or ask for assistance from others in locating someone https://www.facebook.com/MooreTornadoLostAndFound
Twitter Hashtags: Twitter is also being used as a tool to help find loved ones and aid in the immediate recovery. The hashtag #OKMissing is being used to communicate information about missing people, while #OpOK is being used to tell people about where to find shelter and how to volunteer assistance, as well as other information people want to communicate.
Other hashtags urging people to keep tornado victims in their thoughts trended throughout the day Monday, including #Oklahoma #okc #moore and #PrayForOklahoma.
The Now or Never Horse Helper (facebook page) – they are asking for foster homes to house the surviving horses from the Orr Family Farm that is no longer standing.
The ASPCA has set up a website to help people find their lost pets: http://okclostpets.com/
Contact the Moore Animal Control Division (the site’s access is shaky due to high traffic) – or call (405) 793-5190 to report lost/found pets; donations.
St. Andrews United Methodist
2727 SW 119th St
Moore Community Center
201 S Howard
Newcastle Storm Shelter
851 N Carr
Absentee Shawnee Tribe Little Axe Resource Center
Carney Senior Center
301 E Maple
Shawnee Athletic Center
(Shawnee High School)
1001 North Kennedy
Feed the Children donation center (donations) – Feed The Children is preparing emergency disaster relief supplies to aid victims of the Moore tornadoes and will be accepting donations from the public on Tuesday, May 21, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the McCormick Distribution Center (29 N. McCormick). Items that will be accepted are diapers, canned goods, non-perishable food and snack items, water and sports drinks.
Salvation Army at KFOR-TV studios (supply drop-off) – Items needed: Bottled water, Gatorade, Wipes, Diapers, Baby formula, Hand towels, Individually wrapped snacks, Work gloves. Financial donations can also be made to the Salvation Army. Text “storm” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
All Edmond High Schools have drop offs. Edmond Memorial: Clothing — Edmond North: Bottled Water — Edmond Santa Fe: Canned Food
Crawford Family Funeral Service in Edmond is taking donations. Please call 340-2333
OU Equipment at 180 West Brooks in Norman – accepting supplies
Memorial Road Church of Christ at 2221 East Memorial Road in Edmond (405-478-0166)
Net Church of Oklahoma City – donations at our location until 12 noon. Location: 2200 N Bryant, Oklahoma City (405-427-5600)
New Direction Ministries – 10109 N. Western Avenue (405-242-4692)
Choctaw Road Baptist Church – collecting water, diapers, toiletries, snack foods, work gloves, gatorade, sunscreen, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, ibuprofen. PLEASE NO CLOTHING. Between 8:15 am and 4:15 pm Tuesday and Wednesday. 14971 East Reno, Choctaw (405-390-9002)
Mustang Brewing Company Headquarters – Open 5/21 at 7:00 a.m. Several thousand square feet of warehouse space opened up. Will get it to those who need it. 520 North Meridian Avenue, Oklahoma City
Lucky Star Casino, Event Tent — a trailer is set up for donations from 7:00am till 3:00pm Tuesday and Wednesday (Event Tent on the West Side of the Casino). A cashier will be available for monetary donations. Necessary items, water, gatorade, non perishable foods, diapers, formula and wipes, hand sanitizer, gloves, trash bags, rakes, shovels, flashlight and batteries, suntan lotion, pre packed snacks. No clothes, bedding or household items at this time, as Red Cross has no storage or distribution center set up for these items at this time. Will be needed in the very near future though. EL Reno, Oklahoma (405-422-6500)
First Baptist Church Nicoma Park – donation and drop-off location
Juice Blendz at 1200 West Covell Road in Edmond (405-285-0133)
The Gate Church is accepting: Water,Sunscreen,Baby Items,Toiletries,Gloves, etc. 7700 North Council Road in Oklahoma City (405-728-7700)
Journey Church in Norman I-35 & Tecumseh in Norman
Culver Electric: filling trailers with water, diapers, wipes, formula, gloves, hand tools, sunscreen, Gatorade, and all needed items on the salvation army and red cross list. 1823 West 20th in Elk City
Zimmer Radio Group: will have a truck/trailer located in their parking lot accepting donations. When one truck fills up, it will be sent and bring in another one to fill. Location: 2702 East 32nd Street in Joplin, Missouri (417-624-1025)
50 Penn Place: Clear Channel station in 50 Penn Place will accept donations at the west entrance. N.W. 50th and Penn West entrance
Calvary Temple Church: open form 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. accepting donations at 1801 S. Kelly in Edmond
Integrity Promo: will accept most anything for families to rebuild and rescue worker relief at 1105 S Fretz Ave. in Edmond
Science Museum Oklahoma: accepting Work gloves, Gatorade, Bottled water, Canned goods, Diapers, Baby wipes, Baby Formula. Donation times 9-5 Tuesday – Friday, 9-6 Saturday at 2100 NE 52nd Street in Oklahoma City
Rose State College in Midwest City: Phi Theta Kappa chapter will be accepting donations for Moore between 9am to noon in the student center. Needed: Bottled water, Gatorade, Wipes, Diapers, Baby formula, Hand towels, Individually wrapped snacks, Work gloves, NO clothing please.
Fusion Fitness and Yoga: If street parking in unavailable then access the alley behind Pawn Plus off of Porter. We will be able to unload items directly from your vehicle into the building. (405-650-8023) Located at 323 E Main St. in Norman
Indulge Event Center: Collecting everything to help families directly affected; Hygiene, Tampons, Clothes, Toys. Will pick up and take to any desired donation location not just ours (405-215-9444) Located at 3116 North Portland Avenue in Oklahoma City
Cricket Wireless: 10:00 am to 7:00pm for the remainder of the week. My team will gratefully accept whatever you can give. 4553 NW 23rd Street in Oklahoma City (405-942-0045 option #4)
Serendipity: partnering with the Salvation Army by collecting donations of water bottles, Gatorade, wipes, individually wrapped snacks, hand sanitizer, diapers, baby formula, hand towels, work gloves, and sunscreen. 13813 North May in Oklahoma City
STAY AT HOME MOMS: Several stay at home moms collecting whatever you want to bring we will be dropping it off at KFOR: 721 South 6th Street in Chickasha (405-222-8022)
Watonga Church of the Nazarene: accepting non-perishables, blankets, toothpaste, etc. today-Wednesday at 9:00 am at East Highway 33 in Watonga
How Sweet It Is: accepting necessary items listed from Red Cross: Gatorade, non perishable foods, diapers,water, formula and wipes, hand sanitizer, gloves, trash bags, rakes, shovels, flashlight and batteries. Please No clothes, bedding or household items at this time. 420 E Grant Street in Pauls Valley (405-238-1522)
Oakcrest Church of Christ: Accepting non-perishable food items, water, diapers, formula, gatorade, pre-packaged snacks. (No clothes). 1111 SW 89th St, Oklahoma City (405-631-5534)