September 19, 2013
On September 18, 2013, the American Red Cross dedicated its long-term recovery center located in Moore. Joined by its partner agencies, local elected officials and the Moore Chamber of Commerce, the long-term recovery project officially launched with a ribbon cutting.
While the pomp and circumstance of a dedication officially opened the office, case managers from the Red Cross, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Oklahoma United Methodist Church started working a month earlier.
With the Red Cross leading the way, case managers have identified 2,500 potential long-term cases. They are actively reaching out to these clients and assessing their needs. The call center housed in Moore is averaging about 60 calls per day with those still needing emergency and intermediate needs. Currently, there are 357 active cases. One of those is Melissa Snyder of Oklahoma City.
Snyder and her husband were living in an RV when it was damaged by hail on May 20. Eleven days later, the hail finished the job, making their RV not longer livable and filled with mold. Like many of the clients the Red Cross met with following the tornadoes, she filed with FEMA. However, after many missed meetings with FEMA due to her visits to the VA hospital, she and her husband were denied assistance. Not sure what to do, Snyder turned to the United Way who put her in contact with the Red Cross.
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June 7, 2013
The American Red Cross has served more than 320,000 meals and snacks to people affected by tornadoes in Oklahoma. Red Cross worker, Todd James, visits with volunteers at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Bethel Acres where lunch and dinner are being delivered every day by the Red Cross for people affected by the storms.
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June 5, 2013
Story written by Red Cross worker Anna Kate Twitty.
Red Cross mental health worker Charlotte Taylor provides support to father and baby at the Red Cross shelter located at Moore Community Center.
More than two weeks after devastating tornadoes hit Oklahoma, people are still coming to American Red Cross shelters to seek a safe and positive place to stay, like the Hueso family whose home was severely damaged in Moore. After staying with relatives for nearly two weeks, Jesus Hueso and his young family decided to seek additional help by coming to the Red Cross shelter at Moore Community College.
“I’m originally from Arizona and didn’t even know what a tornado was,” said Hueso. “And I certainly did not know what all the Red Cross did to help until I actually needed it.”
Jesus and his family have been spending some time with Red Cross volunteers while staying at the shelter. His family has formed a special bond with mental health volunteer, Charlotte Taylor.
“Everyone here is super nice and helpful,” said Hueso, “I can’t walk 10 feet without someone asking if we need help.”
When talking about the shelter and how the Red Cross is helping, Taylor said that, “people know when they come in that no matter how hopeless or helpless they feel, we care about them. We line them up with counselors, case works and health services.”
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June 4, 2013
American Red Cross worker, Anna Kate Twitty, gives a two week service delivery update from Moore, OK. Since the first tornadoes hit Oklahoma on May 19th, the Red Cross has served over 200,000 meals, distributed over 37,000 relief supplies and has had over 4,000 overnight stays in Red Cross shelters. For more information about Red Cross service delivery, visit Redcross.org or follow @Redcrossokc.
May 30, 2013
Photo: Ken Garcia
Story: Ken Garcia
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” she said. “All of the four buildings on my 40 acres are gone”.
Kelly came to the Carney Senior Center where the American Red Cross has set up a distribution center for residents impacted by the tornado. Along with her mother-in-law, Janet Young, they were able to get some gloves and personal hygiene items. Kelly is just one of the thousands of Oklahoman being helped by the Red Cross in Carney, Wellston, Luther, Shawnee, Bethel Acres, Little Axe and Moore.
“Everywhere you look, they’re there,” she said. “They’ve given us food and water. The Red Cross took care of us. I can’t thank them enough.”
Both Kelly and Janet said when they get things rebuilt, they’re going to help their local Red Cross.
“They’ve gone above and beyond and have thought of things I never even knew I would need,” she said.
For more on what the Red Cross is doing in Oklahoma for tornado relief, visit www.redcross.org.
May 29, 2013
More than 200 people have been evacuated from Galena by the Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) due to severe Yukon River flooding. Evacuees with friends and family in Anchorage and Fairbanks to stay with were flown out on Monday. Those who had to quickly leave their flooding homes before being able to retrieve necessary medications were also evacuated by the TCC. They are being assisted with shelter and immediate needs by the American Red Cross of Alaska in Anchorage and Fairbanks.
UPDATE: Two Red Cross shelters are operating in Fairbanks for Galena evacuees:
University Community Presbyterian Church- 3510 College Road
Fairhill Community Church of God- 101 City Lights Blvd
Red Cross and other officials are urging Galena evacuees to register their well being at redcross.org/safeandwell. Safe and Well is a Red Cross program that helps to reconnect families and loved ones after disaster.
Once flood waters recede, Red Cross will be able to conduct damage assessment in Galena and begin to distribute cleanup supplies to affected homes.
More ice jams threaten the Lower Kuskokwim River communities as Spring Breakup continues in Alaska’s interior. Communities have been contacted by Red Cross staff and volunteers to review preparedness and emergency plans. Volunteers are on standby to open a shelter in Bethel in the coming days in the instance that these communities must evacuate.