Central U.S. Tornadoes Response
“So the people of Moore should know that their country will remain on the ground, there for them, beside them as long as it takes…And what they can be certain of is that Americans from every corner of this country will be right there with them, opening our homes, our hearts to those in need. Because we're a nation that stands with our fellow citizens as long as it takes. We've seen that spirit in Joplin, in Tuscaloosa; we saw that spirit in Boston and Breezy Point. And that’s what the people of Oklahoma are going to need from us right now.” -- President Barack Obama, May 21, 2013
National Service Deployments
How to Help
Interested volunteers should contact the Bethel Acres Volunteer Reception Center (VRC), which is serving the Shawnee, Little Ax, and Carney areas. The Bethel Acres VRC is located at 18101 Bethel Acres Rd, Bethel Acres, Okla. and can be reached at 405-275-4128. The United Way of Central Oklahoma is also accepting volunteers.
Affiliate with existing non-profit organizations before coming to the disaster area. Immediately following a disaster, a community can become easily overwhelmed by the amount of generous people who want to help. Working with an established organization will help to ensure that you are appropriately trained to respond in the most effective way.
Be patient: Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many months, often years, after the disaster -- especially when the community enters the long-term recovery period.
Don't Self-Deploy or Send Unsolicited Donations
- Stay Safe
There continues to be a risk of severe weather in the Plains and Midwest. Listen carefully to instructions from local officials and monitor local radio or TV stations or the National Weather Service. For more information about how to prepare, respond to, and recover from any type of disaster, visit www.ready.gov.
- Find Friends and Family
Phone lines are frequently overloaded after a disaster and communication can be challenging. Let your family and friends know that you’re safe by registering with Safe and Well after a disaster: https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php.
- Receive Updates
FEMA on Twitter, Facebook and the agency's blog
American Red Cross Newsroom and Twitter
Research and Reports