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Oklahoma United Methodist Disaster Response

The Oklahoma United Methodist Disaster Response in partnership with other OKVOAD members have come along side the communities affected by the Rhea and 34 Complex wildfires.  Over the last two months we have helped this NW Oklahoma area form the "Rhea 34 Complex Disaster Recovery Group".  Community leaders have stepped forward and the first official meeting of this long term recovery group will be held Wednesday June 13 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Johns Episcopal Church in Woodward.  A fiscal agent for this LTR is currently being identified to receive your donations that will go directly to the families impacted by this disaster.  Any donations received by our ministry by clicking the link below that are specified for the Rhea/34 Complex wildfires will also go directly to families impacted by this disaster.  Your assistance with financial donations as well as volunteering is needed and greatly appreciated.

Give to Help Wildfire Survivors,
2015 Spring Storm Survivors,
and other Families in Need!

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

     

Volunteer TodayTomorrow and the Next to HELP families in NEED!

Families across Oklahoma are enduring their 3rd year in a home that is not safe, sanitary, or secure. 2015 Spring Storm recovery is almost complete yet 21 families are still in need of home repairs. 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!

 

2018 DISASTERS

  • April 12 - 348,677 acres burned across western Oklahoma (286,196 acres Dewey County & 62,481 acres Woodward County).  An estimated 2,100 miles of livestock fence burned along with 27 uninsured homes.  SBA disaster assistance has been granted for the counties of Blaine, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Roger Mills, and Woodward.

 

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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