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Centers Now Open - Nonprofit Agencies collaborate to assist May storm survivors

The nonprofit community continues to meet the needs of those communities affected by the May tornadoes and floods through coordinated case management under an unprecedented disaster recovery model called Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project.

Nonprofit agencies will partner with government, nongovernment, church and civic organizations to provide long-term recovery services to the survivors of the May storms from three Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project Centers located in Moore, El Reno and Shawnee. The hours of the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project Centers are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday at the following locations:

401 South Grand Avenue – Open
El Reno, OK

1700 South Broadway, Suite G - Open
Moore, OK

322 North Broadway – Opening date TBA
Shawnee, OK

A news conference will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at the United Way of Central Oklahoma office located at 1444 NW 28th, Oklahoma City.

From these centers, case managers will be assigned to individuals and families in need by five nonprofit agencies providing these services. These case managers will work to develop a recovery plan fitted to meet the unique needs of the survivors and their families in collaboration with services provided by other nonprofit organizations.

In an effort to coordinate services effectively, the following phone number is the centralized point of contact to request assistance through the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project with the agencies involved in case management. All storm survivors in need of assistance are encouraged to call 1-866-477-7276. Assigned case managers will also help survivors register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as the deadline has been extended to August 19th to register for federal disaster assistance.

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.