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Oklahoma United Methodist Disaster Response

PLEASE ​VOLUNTEER

Volunteers make Recovery possible.

MUCH help is needed from rebuild and repair teams. Work includes hanging insulation and sheetrock, laying flooring, installing cabinets, roofing... Volunteers of all skill level are needed.  Experienced Project Managers will be onsite with tools and materials needed for each task.

1) Please register your team today online using DIRRT (Disaster Information Respond & Recover Tool)

2) If you want to be a Volunteer Site Coordinator to help 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 405-698-8610.

3) If you are an Individual Volunteer please call 405-802-0904 to join an existing team.

2016 DISASTERS

  • March 31 - Tornado touches down in Tulsa. State of emergency declared for Craig, Mayes, Nowata, Osage, Rogers, Tulsa, and Washington counties. SBA allowed to offer low-interest loans to Creek, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Rogers Wagoner, and Washington counties.
  • April 26 - Tornados touch down in Bixby, Blue Jacket, Braggs, Broken Arrow, Byng, Colcord, Cookson, Davis, Jones, Luther, Muldrow, Mustang, Oklahoma City, Spavinaw, Strange, Twin Oaks, Tulsa, Vinita, Wyandotte.
  • April 29 - Tornados touch down in Cyril, Elgin, Fletcher, and Ninnekah.
  • May 9 - Tornados touch down in Atoka, Bennington, Boswell, Bromide, Connerville, Davis, Elmore City, Fitzhugh, Katie, Norman, Roff, Stillwater, Sulphur, Wapanucka, and Wynnewood. State of emergency declared for Atoka, Bryan, Choctaw, Cleveland, Coal, Comanche, Garvin, Johnson, Kay, McCcurtain, Murray, Noble, Payne, Stephens and Tillman counties.  SBA allowed to offer low-interest loans to Carter, Garvin, Johnston, Murray and Pontotoc counties.
  • June 12 - Flooding warrants state of emergency for Caddo, Carter, Comanche, Cotton, Garvin, Grady, McClain, Murray and Stephens counties. SBA allowed to offer low-interest loans to Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Grady, Kiowa, Stephens and Tillman counties. FEMA denied the request for individual assistance.
  • July 13 - Following tornadoes, flooding and straight-line winds a state of emergency is called for the counties of Adair, Beckham, Caddo, Canadian, Cherokee, Craig, Creek, Garfield, Grady, Grant, Haskell, Kay, Kingfisher, Latimer, LeFlore, Lincoln, Logan, Mayes, McCurtain, McIntosh, Muskogee, Noble, Nowata, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Payne, Pittsburg, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Rogers, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington.

CHURCHES

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.

SURVIVORS

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.

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