Red Cross work continues in Oklahoma

May 22, 2013. Moore, Oklahoma. Soldiers from Tinker Air Force Base take a much needed break from cleaning up tornado debris to enjoy meals from the Red Cross.

May 22, 2013. Moore, Oklahoma. Soldiers from Tinker Air Force Base take a much needed break from cleaning up tornado debris to enjoy meals from the Red Cross.

Our work in Oklahoma continues today, as more than 300 volunteers run shelters, aid stations and offer emotional support to those affected by the tornado.

  • Meals are being prepared and distributed from two kitchens supported by the Southern Baptist Convention. More than 16,000 meals and snacks have been served.
  • More than 2,800 relief items have already been distributed including comfort kits containing personal toiletries and recovery supplies including coolers, buckets, gloves, dust masks, trash bags, flashlights, tarps, shovels, rakes and blankets.
  • We have 30 Red Cross emergency response vehicles distributing food and relief supplies throughout the affected neighborhoods.
  • Shelters are open in Moore and Shawnee in Oklahoma and in Texas. More than 420 people sought refuge in Red Cross and community shelters Tuesday night in the two states.
  • Red Cross health services volunteers are working with the Medical Reserve Corps to visit the injured in local hospitals and offering services at the emergency aid stations like helping people replace prescriptions and other medical items.
  • Mental health workers are providing emotional support in shelters and emergency aid stations.
  • Many families have been affected by this horrific storm and Red Cross Spiritual Care Teams are working with partners to comfort those affected.
  • The Red Cross is working with Save the Children and Children’s Disaster Services, visiting shelters, community centers, churches and after-school programs to assist with the needs of children in the community.
  • In the coming days, Red Cross workers will meet with many affected families to help with emergency needs and connect people with other resources and tools to support their recovery.
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