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Oklahoma United Methodist Disaster Response

Give to Help Families in Need!

"In everything I have shown you that, by working hard, we must help the weak.
In this way we rem
ember the Lord Jesus’ words: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" ~Acts 20:35

          

Volunteer RIGHT here RIGHT now to HELP families in NEED!

Families statewide are facing their 3rd winter in a home that is not safe, sanitary, and secure. Home repairs are still needed for 209 families across the state. The interactive map shows locations of homes waiting to be repaired so you can pick a project or pick a location. We encourage you to find a project and register today to help!

What will your Response - Ability be to those in need?

Teams are needed for hanging insulation and drywall, laying flooring, roofing, siding, painting, installing cabinets… 

Families need a safe, sanitary and secure home A.S.A.P!

Anyone interested in volunteering is urged to contact us at 405-802-0904 or email.

Volunteer teams of 3-20 are needed in the following two ways:

Self Sustained Team: If you have experienced team leaders, home repair skilled volunteers… then you can choose your project from our Project List.  We will coordinate with you in purchasing the materials.  Your team would assess the project and make a materials list, deliver materials, supply the tools, and find your own lodging.

Project Managed Team: We will set up your lodging and purchase materials.  One of our project managers will make the materials delivery, provide tools needed and will also be onsite to provide project knowledge.  This option is available only in certain areas of the state.

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 don't have a team you are able to serve with please call 405-802-0904 or email to join an existing team.

Oklahoma United Methodist Disaster Response.  Staying until Recovery is Complete…that’s Church!

 

2017 DISASTERS

  • 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. This disaster received a Presidential Disaster Declaration (DR-4299)
  • 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 1.6 million acres burned.  This disater received a Fire Management Assistance Declaration (FM-5177).
  • April 28-May 2 - Massive storm delivered widespread rain, 3 tornadoes including 1 EF2 near Cameron, snow fall and high winds across much of the state.  Governor declares state of emergency for all 77 counties.  A major disaster declaration from the federal government has been requested for 18 counties.  SBA assistance to homeowners and business owners was awarded to Adair, Cherokee, Delaware, Haskell, Latimer, LeFlore, Mayes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Pittsburg, Sequoyah, and Wagoner Counties. FEMA has been approved for public assistance for Adair, Beaver, Caddo, Cherokee, Cimarron, Craig, Delaware, Dewey, Haskell, Kiowa, Linocln, Logan, Mayes, Muskogee, Ottawa, Pawnee, Pittsburg, Rogers, Sequoyah, Texas, and Washita counties.
  • May 16-20 - 38 tornados reported to include 3 EF2 tornadoes near Elk City, Hanna and Muskogee. Severe storms caused extensive flooding across much of the state. FEMA was approved for Public Assistance only for Alfalfa, Beckham, Cherokee, Coal, Cotton, Delaware, Johnston, LeFlore, Murray, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Roger Mills, and Washita counties.  Individual Assistance from SBA was approved for low-interest loans for homeowners and businesses in Beckham, Custer, Greer, Harmon, Kiowa, Roger Mills, and Washita counties.
  • Aug 5-6 - Four tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding impact eastern Oklahoma.  Governor declares state of emergency for Mayes, Rogers, Sequoyah, Tulsa, and Wagoner counties. SBA declaration approved for Creek, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Rogers, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington counties.

CHURCHES

If you are interested in housing volunteer teams (typically 1 week at a time) 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. The Emergency Price Stabilization Act (price gouging statute) goes into affect during a declared State of Emergency and for 30 days following.  This act prohibits an increase of more then 10 percent for the price of goods and services after a State of Emergency has been declared. Go online to file a Citizen Complaint. 

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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