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Resources for Those Affected by the April 25-28 Severe Weather Event

Apr 29, 2024 | Community

Last updated 5/3/24 @ 2 p.m.

Between April 25-28, several tornadoes touched down across the central Oklahoma region. While Oklahomans are no strangers to severe weather, it does not make the incident any less strenuous.

Working with leading organizations like OKVOAD, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation has identified several resources available to those affected by this severe weather event.

FEMA Assistance Application - Hughes, Love, Murray Counties

FEMA designation delivers assistance for housing repairs or temporary housing, low-interest loans for individuals and businesses from the US Small Business Administration to repair or replace damaged property, disaster unemployment assistance, and grants for serious needs and necessary disaster expenses not met by other programs.

Learn more and apply here or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

Red Cross Shelters, Volunteer Coordination and Reunification Centers

Shelters available in the following locations:

  • Sulphur – Crossway First Baptist Church Sulphur, 2108 W. Broadway Ave.
  • Ardmore – Christ Community Church Ardmore, 2620 Mount Washington Road

Mass care and feeding responses are ongoing, as well.

For the most up-to-date shelter information, please visit redcross.org/shelter

Oklahoma Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (Sulphur, Ardmore & Marietta)

Providing meals, debris removal, chainsaw teams, roof covering, and volunteer coordination.

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)-trained chaplains are also available for affected residents and first responders.

To request help, go to okdisasterhelp.org

The Salvation Army (Emergency Responder Support)

Providing first responders in Murray and Love Counties with meals as of 4/28.

Each service will run until no longer needed.

Emotional and spiritual care workers are also available. The Salvation Army is determining need for clean-up kits and other supplies today, 4/29.

Medical Equipment and Supply Replacement

Contact Shelley Gladder at [email protected]

National Disaster Distress Helpline & 211 (Heartline)

If you are experiencing emotional distress related to a natural disaster, you are encouraged to call or text the National Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990. This line is available for anyone seeking compassionate listening support, including first responders, survivors, and relief workers – you may call for yourself or on behalf of someone. Options for Spanish speakers and deaf or hard of hearing are available.

211 is available for non-emergency-related disaster relief.

  • A statewide resource used to connect individuals to local resources whether it’s food pantries, clothing closets, diapers + food for kids, utility assistance, rental assistance, etc.
Oklahoma Disaster Legal Help

“If you were impacted by the April 2024 storms, you may have disaster-related civil legal issues. Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Indian Legal Services provide free civil legal services to eligible disaster survivors. More information can be given through the LASO Disaster Hotline or by applying online.”

Legal Aid Disaster Hotline: 888-602-8494

Apply Online

Chickasaw Nation Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund
“If you were impacted last night by the tornado in Sulphur (or elsewhere), you might be eligible to receive financial assistance through the Chickasaw Nation Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.
Please contact your respective Chickasaw Nation area office tomorrow for details:
Ada Area Office: (580) 436-7256
Ardmore Area Office: (580) 226-4821
Duncan Area Office: (580) 470-2131
Oklahoma City Area Office: (405) 767-8971
Pauls Valley Area Office: (405) 207-9883
Purcell Area Office: (405) 527-4973
Sulphur Area Office: (580) 622-2888
Tishomingo Area Office: (580) 371-9512
We at the Chickasaw Foundation are here to help.”
Oklahoma Insurance Department

The Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID) is available to help residents with issues they may have with their insurance claims.

For more information, click here or call 1-800-522-0071.

Oklahoma Attorney General - Consumer Protection Unit

The Emergency Price Stabilization Act prohibits an increase of more than 10% for the price of goods and services after a declared emergency. If you suspect price gouging is occurring in a disaster area, please contact the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office at 833-681-1895.

Citizen Potawatomi Nation - Disaster Relief

Members of the Potawatomi Nation impacted by the tornado outbreak are encouraged to call 405-275-3121 for resources and assistance.

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management - Damage Reporting Link

“Information collected here will help local and state authorities understand locations impacted by disaster. Please fill out the survey more than once if you have sustained damage to homes, businesses, or agriculture in the same location. This survey is not in any form an application for or guarantee of assistance.” – ODEM

To complete this survey, click here.

Oklahoma Gas and Electric - Outage Reporting

You can quickly report an outage online or text OUT to 32001 if you’re signed up for myOGEalerts. You can also call 405-272-9595 (OKC) or 800-522-6870 (all other areas).

Operation BBQ Relief Mobile Kitchen - Sulphur

Walmart Supercenter 2705 Broadway Ave. Sulphur, OK 73086

Meal distributions will take place at both 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. while supplies last.

Small Business Administration

SBA loans are available for eligible businesses of all sizes, Renters, Homeowners, and Private and nonprofit organizations located in a declared disaster area.

MySBA Loan Portal

Developmental Disabilities Council of Oklahoma

For disaster survivors seeking resources for people with disabilities. Includes information on accessing services, support and advocacy, transportation, adaptive technology, planning, and caregiver support and training.

Learn more here or call 405-521-4984.

OK Department of Rehabilitation Services

Resources and information for disaster survivors who are deaf or hearing impaired and their families.

Learn more here or call this video phone line – 405-543-2646.

OK Department of Human Services: Aging Services Division

Information and resources for older people, including Adult Day Services, Advantage Services, legal services, long-term care, nutrition, and transportation.

Senior Info Line:  800-221-2116

Abuse Hotline: 800-522-3511

Oklahoma Farm Services Agency

Farmers & ranchers in the declared area with damages may be eligible for assistance.

Learn more here or call 405-742-1130.

For individuals able and looking to volunteer, we ask you to follow the guidelines set forth by OKVOAD at okvoad.org/volunteer/.

UPDATE LOG

5/3 @ 2 p.m.

  • Re-added 211 after a miscommunication leading to the removal in a previous update.
  • Added additional resources:
    • FEMA Assistance Application – Hughes, Love, Murray Counties
    • Operation BBQ Relief Mobile Kitchen
    • Small Business Administration
    • Developmental Disabilities Council of Oklahoma
    • OK Department of Rehabilitation Services
    • OK Department of Human Services: Aging Services Division
    • Oklahoma Farm Services Agency

4/30 @ 3 p.m.

  • Removed Heartline resource (doesn’t cover disaster events or southern Oklahoma), leaving the National Disaster Distress Helpline.
  • Added additional resources:
    • Chickasaw Nation Disaster Relief & Recovery Fund
    • Oklahoma Insurance Department
    • Oklahoma Attorney General – Consumer Protection Unit
    • Citizen Potawatomi Nation – Disaster Relief
    • Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management – Damage Reporting Link
    • Oklahoma Gas and Electric
  • Added update log.

4/29@ 1:30 p.m.

  • Created page.
  • Added initial resource list