As the initial needs of survivors are met — namely food, clothing and shelter — families will begin to transition into a life of normalcy, moving into semi-permanent housing, returning to work and starting to plan for the future. Already, long-term, unmet needs committees are forming to begin discussing long-range planning.
“Rebuilding people’s lives is tough work,” Raglow said. “These tornadoes will likely impact the region for years to come.”
He said CCOKC is still working with families affected by the 2012 Woodward tornado.
“We are thankful for the assistance of countless Catholic dioceses and various communities from across the country that have donated goods and sent monetary contributions to assist us,” Raglow said. “With God’s help and the generosity of others, we will get through this disaster and care for the needs of people affected by these terrible storms.”
CCOKC has opened a disaster relief site at All Saints Catholic School, 4001 36th Ave. NW in Norman, to aide everyone affected by the recent tornadoes with immediate needs.
Household items, food, baby items, personal hygiene and cleaning supplies are available. Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.