OKLAHOMA CITY – In the wake of Monday's deadly tornado, both volunteers willing to help and victims seeking help have many options, thanks to the wide-spread community response.
If You Want to Help:
Volunteers Needed in Oklahoma County
Oklahoma County Brian Maughan said a large portion of the damaged areas are in unincorporated areas of Oklahoma County. These more rural areas do not have municipal emergency crews to help with the response. Maughan said the damage is so extensive that county crews will need help from the public.
Anyone who wants to help is asked to report to the Oklahoma County District 2 Barn, 7105 S. Anderson Road, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.
Financial donations are needed to support relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help anyone affected by the tornadoes to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMYand designate Oklahoma tornadoes. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by the storm. Undesignated donations are assigned by the zip code of the donor to the nearest Salvation Army location.
Financial donations to the Red Cross can be made by:
1. Text Red Cross to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the disaster relief fund
2. Log onto okc.redcross.org
3. Call 405-278-9500
The Harrah Church shelter at 101 S Dobbs is needing trash bags, plastic gloves, cheese and plastic spoons for the people that are staying there.
Salvation Army Donations
Donors can now text the word "STORM" to 90999 to make a $10 donation to Salvation Army's relief efforts for Tornado victims. A total of 100 percent goes to tornado relief efforts.
If You Need Help:
Tetanus Vaccinations Continue Through Saturday in Storm Damaged Areas
The Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) will continue to offer tetanus shots through Saturday at the Oklahoma County Barn, 7105 S. Anderson Road near I-240. OCCHD nurses will be giving tetanus shots on Friday and Saturday at Harrah Church, 101 South Dobbs Road in Harrah, as well.
Hours for both locations will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, and from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday. Tetanus shots are also available at OCCHD's main building, 921 NE 23rd Street in Oklahoma City. The tetanus vaccinations are free of charge.
Hotel Rooms Offered
The Comfort INN at Quail Springs will donate five rooms for one week to tornado victims. Call 405-286-2200 or 405-834-4255 for more information.
101 S. Dobbs (corner of Reno and Dobbs)
The Absentee Shawnee Tribe
The Resource Center, 1970 156th Avenue, Little Axe
Brendel Corner, Little Axe
Mobile Kitchen Set Up in Newalla
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief group have set up a mobile kitchen in Newalla to cook the meals the Red Cross is delivering to all affected neighborhoods and shelters.
Red Cross Shelter Change
The Seminole College shelter and Tecumseh's City Hall shelter have merged and moved locations. That shelter is now located at the Pentecostal Church in Tecumseh.
Red Cross Site
The American Red Cross has announced that it will continue to provide assistance to area storm victims through a site at the Haney Center at Seminole State College – at least through Friday evening.
The Red Cross, in partnership with the Salvation Army, will host a "Fixed Feeding Site" in Room 104, just inside the main lobby of the Haney Center. The organizations are also providing food to area residents in damaged areas through a "Mobile Feeding Unit."
According to Jake Peters, Director of the Red Cross for Seminole and Pottawatomie Counties, anyone who needs help or additional information may contact the Red Cross office at 405-273-8800.
Prague Shelter Opened
There will be a shelter open in Prague at 15th and Bluebell at the First Baptist Church. This will be for residents in southern and southeastern Lincoln County who are expected to be without power for a long time. The shelter will open at 4 p.m. Tuesday.