IMPORTANT: Donation, Volunteer, Shelter Information


Thursday, May 23rd 2013, 10:18 am
By: News 9


Thank you for your desire to help us with disaster relief efforts in Oklahoma. Our greatest need at this point is monetary donations, so we can purchase items to best serve Oklahoma tornado victims from May 19-20, 2013. Please click here to donate online. You can also call 405.604.7111 to make a donation over the phone, or text TORNADO to 32333 to have a $10 donation applied to your wireless bill. 

Other donations

For large scale palletized donations, please email fooddonations@regionalfoodbank.org. For all other disaster related questions or requests, please email disasterrelief@regionalfoodbank.org. Please be patient in waiting for a response, as we are processing an extremely high volume of communications at this time. We will do our best to follow up with you as soon as possible. 

If you would like to donate items, the most-needed food items are Gatorade (and similar drinks); healthy ready-to-eat, individual serving snacks, such as granola bars and cereal bars; and ready-to-serve pop-top canned foods, such as Vienna sausages. We ask that you drop off items at one of the locations listed below. If you know of another business or church acting as a drop site for food and other disaster relief items, please email skennedy@regionalfoodbank.org so they can be added to this list. 

  • Mathis Brothers Furniture (OKC)
  • First Baptist Church Moore (Moore)
  • All OKC and Tulsa LifeChurch.TV locations (OKC & Tulsa)
  • Eagle Heights Church (OKC)
  • JourneyChurch.TV (Norman)
  • Riverwind Casino (Norman)
  • St. Andrew's United Methodist Church (OKC)
  • Luther Town Hall (Luther, OK)
  • Brendle Corners (Little Axe)
  • Newcastle Storm Shelter (Norman)
  • Panera Bread

The following locations are accepting cash donations to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma's disaster relief efforts:

  • Jersey Mike's

Volunteers

Individuals who want to volunteer to help with disaster relief should register on the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps (OKMRC) website at www.okmrc.org. OKMRC is designed to bring together different healthcare-related organizations and members of the community, including physicians, nurses, public health workers, and other medical professionals. In addition, volunteers without a background in medical training are needed.

Shelters & Assistance

If you are a Moore resident needing help, please contact one of the following churches: 

  • First Baptist Church of Moore
    301 NE 27th St.
    Moore, OK
    (405) 793-2600
  • Journey Church
    3801 Journey Pkwy.
    Norman, OK
    (405) 292-2500

If you have been displaced as a result of the tornadoes, the locations below are available as shelters. 

  • First Baptist Church of Moore
  • Shawnee High School Athletic Center
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Moore Community Center
  • St. Andrew's United Methodist Church
  • Newcastle Storm Shelter
  • Carney Senior Center
  • Little Axe Resource Center

The State has launched a website, okstrong.ok.gov, to provide up-to-date information and resources. Individuals affected by the storm are urged report their whereabouts on the American Red Cross website, safeandwell.org

Recipients of SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program commonly known as "food stamps") whose households were impacted by the storms and have lost their food benefit cards should contact their county Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) worker and request a lost food replacement. Persons needing food assistance can apply for SNAP at their local county OKDHS office.

If you are looking for a lost pet you can check okclostpet.com.