Volunteers = Help!
Oklahoma United Methodist Disaster Response. Staying until Recovery is Complete…that’s Church!
Families from statewide flooding in 2015 and 2016 are still in need of recovery. We have families in multiple locations across the state that need volunteers to make recovery possible. Teams experienced in or willing to learn are needed for hanging insulation and drywall, laying flooring, installing cabinets, roofing, painting… The 2017 ice storm has left a lot of debris that needs to be cleaned up. Volunteers are needed!
Our experienced Project Managers will teach/train volunteers to be successful on the project as well as providing all tools and materials needed for completion. Anyone interested in volunteering is urged to contact us at 405-802-0904 or email.
If you are interested in helping volunteer teams by serving as a Volunteer Site Coordinator who’s role is to visit work sites when volunteer teams are on location to help pick up and deliver materials to the work site, ensure teams have bottled water, and work in coordination with the Project Manager to meet any additional team needs please call 405-802-0904.
If you want to volunteer but no team from your church is being formed for the time you are able to serve please call 405-802-0904 or email to join an existing team.
- January 14-16 - Ice Storm in northwest Oklahoma. State of emergency declared for all 77 counties in the state prior to the storm. February 2nd the Governor's Office requested a major disaster declaration from the federal government for 10 counties; Beaver, Beckham, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, Major, Roger Mills, Texas, Woods, and Woodward.
- March 6-9 - Wild fires across the state. State of emergency declared for 22 counties; Alfalfa, Beaver, Blaine, Cimarron, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Grant, Harper, Kay, Kingfisher, Logan, Major, Noble, Osage, Payne, Pawnee, Roger Mills, Texas, Woods and Woodward. Estimates to date report over 700,000 acres have burned.
If you are interested in housing volunteer teams or handing out disaster kits to affected families please contact our Volunteer Management Coordinator.
Please make a DONATION to help all those in need.
If you are experiencing emotional distress related to a disaster help is availalbe. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides crisis counseling and support. This helpline will put you on the path to recovery. Call 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. You can find more information on their website.
Flood insurance is available to residential homeowners/renters and commercial owners/renters. Insurance subsidies and discounts are availalbe for communities with high flood protection standards. Apply online with the National Flood Insurance Program offered through FEMA.
If you are able to begin the clean up process in your home or business and would like to learn how please watch these very important videos from North Dakota State University BEFORE you begin cleanup. If you need a cleaning bucket please request one via email from OKUMC-DR.
If you are going to hire a contractor to assist with your recovery needs check them out with the Oklahoma Insurance Commission / 800-522-0071 anti-fraud division first. For information on how to avoid scams and fraud please read the OK Attorney General Tips or read the FEMA Fraud News Release.
Insurance information following a disaster can be obtained from the Oklahoma Insurance Department.
For water well safety and septic system inspections please contact Department of Environmental Quality "DEQ" Richard McDaniel at 405-388-3763.
Contact your local county Emergency Manager before, during or after a disaster.