Red Cross Continues to Assist Areas Hit Hard By Tornadoes

After multiple towns were hit Sunday night by severe weather, the Red Cross has been on the scene helping the people most affected.

Tuesday, February 28th 2023, 8:56 pm



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After multiple towns were hit Sunday night by severe weather, the Red Cross has been on the scene helping the people most affected.

The tornadoes may have passed but for many, the rebuilding process is only beginning.  

News 9 spoke to the Disaster Program manager for the Red Cross who said hundreds of homes across our state sustained some level of damage.  

They want people to know they are there for Oklahoma before, during, and after disasters.   

“One thing to know is there is that immediate stage, but there will be a longer recovery for some folks and just understanding that there may be needs for a while out and not just at this immediate time,” said Mary Jane Coffman, the Disaster Program Manager for the Red Cross.  

The Red cross surveyed damage the morning after the tornadoes hit. They are continuing to drive through hard hit neighborhoods handing out cleaning supplies. 

Coffman said Norman, Cheyenne and Shawnee saw the most damage.  

“At this point there are up to almost 500 homes that we have assessed for damage to some level or another. That could be anywhere from relatively minor, where someone could be missing shingles that kind of thing, to sadly those homes that are basically destroyed,” said the Disaster Program Manager.  

Those in the cleaning phase are warned to do so with caution. It is a good idea to wear long-sleeves, use gloves, and check tools and appliances before using them.  

“Also, if you’re having others come and help, that you are ensuring that it is someone who is reputable, someone you can trust and that kind of thing,” she said.  

If you still need cleaning supplies, you can reach out to the Red Cross by calling them at 1-800-RED-CROSS or going to their website.

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