By Debby Hampton
The Moore American
MOORE — Between 2001 and 2011, there were 76 presidential and disaster emergency declarations made in Oklahoma. Perhaps more remarkable is the fact that Oklahoma is the only non-coastal state listed among the top five states with the greatest number of disaster declarations, ranking third behind California and Texas and ahead of Florida and New York.
Moore residents are all too familiar with natural disasters, and being prepared is critical to staying safe in emergency situations. United Way of Central Oklahoma donor dollars fund programs that provide disaster relief assistance, as well as programs that prepare Oklahomans for disasters, including life-saving CPR and First Aid Training. Additionally, Partner Agencies assist with education on how to create basic disaster preparedness kits, family emergency and home safety plans.
In 2010-2011, approximately 33 percent of the total clients served by American Red Cross, a Partner Agency, were residents of Moore. Individuals may recall recently, the American Red Cross responded to a house explosion in south Oklahoma City. They quickly arrived to provide mass care to approximately 50 fire fighters plus gas line workers who were on the scene. The American Red Cross also worked with the homeowners who were impacted to ensure individual emergency needs are met.
In light of the individuals and community needs that arise in times of disasters, United Way of Central Oklahoma is compelled to support disaster response and recovery efforts as part of our Community Preparedness focus area. In doing so, we assist with the coordination of community resources and volunteers like the American Red Cross, to serve many communities including Moore. This is a role we take very seriously, and we stand ready to partner with other local agencies to support our communities through any means necessary.
For more information about United Way of Central Oklahoma, visit www.unitedwayokc.org or contact 405-236-8441.