Contributed by Cindy Fuller and originally posted in The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services website.
The Salvation Army continues to provide long-term recovery services to residents in Central Oklahoma following a series of EF3, EF4 and EF5 tornadoes on May 19, 20 and 31 in 2013 that created catastrophic circumstances for many individuals and families. Although it has been two years this week, serving those impacted remain a focus for The Salvation Army.
Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams immediately responded to the storms and provided food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders. Thanks to generous support from the American public, corporate donors, and philanthropic organizations, The Salvation Army raised $18.2 million for response and recovery efforts. The long-term recovery of storm survivors, with their many and varying needs, is an ongoing focus for the Army, and is where the bulk of donated funding is committed.
Of the total donated, The Salvation Army spent $2.4 million (more than 13%) on response operations, including the deployment of 28 mobile kitchens and the opening of a 100,000 sq. ft. distribution center. During response operations, The Salvation Army provided:
The Salvation Army continues to support families affected by the storms and to help rebuild communities. The Salvation Army committed the balance of the total donated (nearly 87%) to long-term recovery, including the following:
The Salvation Army was a founding member and participating agency of the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project (ODRP), a multi-agency case management partnership. The case management process involves working with affected individuals and families to help identify their needs, develop their long-term recovery plans, connect them with available community resources, and help meet their long-term recovery goals, one step at a time. Through May 15, 2015, ODRP has 519 open cases and has closed 3,409 cases.Tags: Uncategorized, Disaster Services