The Moore American

September 25, 2013

Recovery project dedicates center

American Staff
The Moore American

MOORE — 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, 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. Saturdays. The center will stay open until 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, and will keep later hours on Tuesdays, serving clients until 7 p.m. Friday hours are 8:30 to noon and Saturday hours are 9 a.m. until noon.

Clients do not have to come to the centers for assistance, as 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.

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

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

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.