A few key links for information relating to Oklahoma Disaster Relief:
A site maintained by the State of Oklahoma for information regarding assistance and recovery.
The mission of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (ODEM) is to minimize the effects of attack, technological and natural disasters upon the people of Oklahoma by preparing, implementing and exercising preparedness plans, assisting local government subdivisions with training for and mitigation of disasters, and by coordinating actual disaster response/recovery operations.
The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is now part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.
National VOAD coordinates planning efforts by many voluntary organizations responding to disaster. Member organizations provide more effective and less duplication in service by getting together before disasters strike. Once disasters occur, National VOAD or an affiliated state VOAD encourages members and other voluntary agencies to convene on site. This cooperative effort has proven to be the most effective way for a wide variety of volunteers and organizations to work together in a crisis.
Three different Weather Service Forecast Offices cover Oklahoma's 77 counties. Below are links to each office for information on your area.
Each year, the American Red Cross responds immediately to more than 67,000 disasters, including house or apartment fires (the majority of disaster responses), hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents, explosions, and other natural and man-made disasters.
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma (Eastern 24 Counties)
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma (Central and Western 53 Counties)
Feeding America, the nation's largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization, was first involved with disaster relief in 1989 following Hurricane Hugo and the Loma Prieta earthquake that struck San Francisco and the Central California Coast. Since then, Feeding America nationally has taken an active role in recovery efforts following major disasters. On a state level, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma (Oklahoma City) and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma (Tulsa) are active members of OKVOAD and support relief efforts through logistics and food distribution expertise.
When disasters hit at home or overseas Feed The Children responds immediately with food and other emergency supplies. Years of experience and a wide range of resources allow quick and efficient assistance to disaster survivors and relief workers.
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the not-for-profit international humanitarian aid organization of The United Methodist Church, active in many parts of the world bringing hope, providing relief from hunger and disasters, and teaching peace.
Oklahoma United Methodist Disaster Response exists to help fill the volunteer and construction voids that long term recovery brings to disaster survivors. Our focus is on four aspects of a disaster; Preparation, Response, Recovery and Mitigation.
The Southern Baptist Convention North American Mission Board, along with state Baptist convention leaders, has taken the lead in organizing Southern Baptists to respond to disasters. They contribute manpower, ministry, and financial help during floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, earthquakes, and urban disasters. Southern Baptists have built 335 mobile mass feeding, recovery, child care, command, and other units to date.
Mennonite Disaster Service is a channel through which various constituencies of the Anabaptist church can respond to those affected by disasters in North America. While their main focus is on clean up, repair and rebuilding homes, this activity becomes a means of touching lives and helping people regain faith and wholeness.
ACS Disaster Response is a voluntary service provided by Adventist Community Services to assist individuals, families and communities victimized by natural disasters and unforeseen tragedies.
In times of disaster, Catholic Charities is prepared and ready to help. We recognize the value of coordinating disaster response and recovery through the sharing of resources, people, technical assistance and other support.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continually gathers donations of food, clothes, medical supplies, and relief items. The resources are then pre-positioned in key locations for shipping on short notice. Because of this preparedness, the Church is able to respond immediately in times of emergency. When the timing of response is critical, international relief agencies have come to rely on the Church for food and materials.
Heartline 2-1-1 Central Oklahoma (40 Central and Western Counties)
HeartLine’s information and referral line for health and human service needs. HeartLine answers this line for 40 counties in central and western Oklahoma 24 hours a day, seven days a week. HeartLine’s database of over 3,000 partner agencies and 6,000 individual services connects Oklahomans with help, hope, and information.
2-1-1 Helpline Easten Oklahoma (37 Eastern Counties)
2-1-1 is a free and easy-to-remember phone number that streamlines the process of matching critical health and human services with the clients who need them. The 2-1-1 call center based in Tulsa, Oklahoma serves an 37-county area, operates 24 hours a day, and receives approximately 15,000 calls per month.
Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) meets the needs of children by setting up child care centers in shelters and disaster assistance centers. Specially trained to respond to traumatized children, volunteers provide a calm, safe and reassuring presence in the midst of the chaos created by disasters. CDS also educates parents and caregivers on how to help children cope.
The goal of Convoy of Hope Disaster Services is to give people help and hope in times of great need, by responding to more than 225 disasters and have had the opportunity to bring food, water, ice, emergency supplies and long-term solutions to families reeling from tragedy.
Every disaster is different – the needs of each community, along with resource availability, guide LSSDR’s response. Through coordinated partnerships with other nonprofit agencies and groups, service gaps are filled and no response efforts are duplicated. Our long-term roles historically include: Preparedness, Emergency Hardship Grants,Emotional and Spiritual Care, Disaster Case Management,Volunteer Coordination and Repair & Rebuilding Assistance.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic event.
The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, in partnership with Episcopal Relief and Development, is committed to preparing its 70 churches for disasters, to integrating those churches into the mainstream of disaster recovery and to offering the victims of Oklahoma disasters comfort by being visible in MARCS and organizing short term recovery for families as well as being involved in Long Term Recovery Groups throughout Oklahoma.
Please feel free to visit these links; however, Oklahoma VOAD is not responsible for their content.