The Norman Transcript

September 19, 2013

Recovery project dedicates center

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The nonprofit community, along with the Moore Chamber of Commerce, hosted an open house and ribbon cutting at the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project center in Moore last week.

The center at 1700 S. Broadway Ave., Suite G, in Moore is one of three offices open to provide case management and long-term recovery for all communities affected by the May storms and tornadoes. Other offices are located in El Reno and Shawnee.

The center in Moore opens weekdays at 8:30 a.m. and at 9 a.m. on Saturdays. The center will stay open until 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and will keep later hours on Tuesday, serving clients until 7 p.m. Friday hours are 8:30 to noon, and Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to noon.

Case managers will be mobile. Hours for Shawnee and El Reno are still being finalized. Client assistance is available for these communities and those nearby affected by the storms and tornadoes.

From these centers, case managers will be assigned to individuals and families by five nonprofit agencies. Case managers have started community outreach across all disaster areas in Oklahoma.

Case managers will work to develop a recovery plan fitted to meet the needs of the survivors and their families in collaboration with services provided by other nonprofit organizations.

The call center set up in Moore is receiving, on average, 60 calls a day. These calls range from emergency to intermediate needs as individuals and families begin recovery. The call center is open, and storm survivors needing disaster-related assistance are encouraged to call 1-866-477-7276. Those needing other social service help not related to the disaster are urged to call 211.

Resource providers from the communities impacted by the May storms have formed long-term recovery committees to partner with the case management process to coordinate long-term recovery needs.

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 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, non-government, church and civic organizations in partnership with the United Way of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.