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2013 Spring Storms

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The 2013 Spring Storms consisted of multiple tornados as well as wide spread flooding.  The geographic area encompassed El Reno to the west, Shawnee to the east and from south Oklahoma City to Norman.  Because of the number of storms and the territory involved the Oklahoma VOAD designed a pilot program (ODRP) where each of the partner agencies came together to do case managment, assessment and construction management to serve the nearly 4,000 disaster clients that had long term recovery needs.

The Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project (ODRP); was a collaboration of agencies, including but not limited to, American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, The Salvation Army, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Church of the Harvest, and the Oklahoma United Methodist Church to conduct disaster case management for individuals and families in need of long term recovery following the 2013 spring storms. The case management process included identifying resources in the community to meet the needs of clients. The ODRP partnership extended to all service organizations that have been and will continue to be here for the communities impacted and provided vital serices to individuals and families affected by the 2013 spring storms. Many agencies worked together in a coordinated effort to support our state during that difficult time.

The fall of 2014 was an exciting time as several new partnerships were initiated that strengthened the ability to serve survivors better. In August 2014, Lutheran Disaster Services assigned one of their full time staff members to work with OKUMC Disaster Response to help with volunteer teams that were still working in the homes of survivors. A partnership with Rebuilding Together OKC was formed as they begun new home construction for survivors who lost everything in the storms. Rebuilding Together OKC provided materials and project management for the new home construction while OKUMC, Church of the Harvest, and ServeMoore partnered to provide volunteers to assist in the actual construction activities. In December 2014, Christian Aid Ministries (a Mennonite home construction ministry) partnered with Rebuilding Together OKC to initiate another wave of home rebuilding. Another important partnership was with OKUMC and Rebuilding Together's national organization (partnering with Lowe's) to provide financial and volunteer assistance in the disaster affected rural community of Newalla and unincorporated portions of Pottawatomie County.

On June 30, 2015 ODRP transitioned into a single agency organization with Catholic Charities finializing the last of the 2013 needs through case management.  OKUMC Disaster Response shifted its focus to the 2015 spring storms where tornadoes and flooding affected nearly 84% of the state.  For over two years ODRP worked to help every family affected.  Staying until recovery is complete, thats church!

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