Local Disaster Recovery Center now open.

Shawnee—Those affected by the May storms and tornadoes continue to be assisted by the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project nearly five months after the storms. The project, a partnership of five non-profit agencies, dedicated its recovery office in Shawnee on Tuesday to a packed house.

“The office may be officially opening, but we’ve been working hard for months helping families” said Kami Kuykendall, Senior Director of Recovery with the American Red Cross. “We started reaching out to clients back in August for long-term recovery.”

The partnership is made up of the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, Society of St. Vincent DePaul and the Oklahoma United Methodist Church. It has offices in Shawnee, Moore and El Reno.

The Shawnee office will cover areas around Shawnee including Steelman Estate and Carney.

Residents with disaster related needs do not have to visit the office located at 322 North Broadway in Shawnee. Case managers will be mobile and will drive to make appointments more convenient for clients. For those still needing assistance, they should call 1-866-477-7276. For non-disaster related social service needs, call 211.

Across Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project current has over 400 open cases. It has identified 2,500 for long term needs. Case managers are actively reaching out to these individuals and families to let them know of the support available for long term.

The call center is still receiving, on average, 60 calls a day from all affected areas. These calls range from emergency needs to those intermediate needs as individuals and families begin their recovery. On a daily basis we are meeting immediate needs for families and individuals impacted by the storms through direct assistance and identification of appropriate resources.

Resource providers from the communities impacted by the May storms have formed long-term recovery committees to partner with the case management process in order to coordinate the long-term recovery needs for that particular area. The collaborative services provided by the case management and other nonprofit organizations through the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project will offer recovery assistance to survivors in all the areas impacted by the May tornadoes and floods occurring May 19 -31.

Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project is a collaboration of case management through American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, and The Oklahoma United Methodist Church, other nonprofit organizations, government, nongovernment, church and civic organizations in partnership with the United Way of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

For more information, please contact Ken Garcia (405) 202-0010.