Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund

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Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund

Project Report | Mar 19, 2014
Long-term Recovery In Progress!

By Emily Pedano | Program Team Intern

Destruction in Moore
Destruction in Moore

In Moore, Oklahoma, the most destructive tornado of 2013 changed the lives of hundreds in a matter of minutes. 1.1 miles across at its widest, the disaster ripped through the community causing billions of dollars in damages and taking 25 lives. It’s times like this that bring a distraught community together to build a better future. This is exactly your donations are helping with, ensuring a bright future for the families whose homes were destroyed or whose loved ones were lost. GlobalGiving has teamed up with some amazing on-the-ground organizations who are serving those who lost everything. The two organizations are still building and working almost a year later. This dedication inspires us here at GlobalGiving! Here are just two examples of this inspirational dedication.

The first organization committed to helping those affected by the tornado is Do Your Part Inc. With the funds that they receive from GlobalGiving, Do Your Part has been able to buy and build fencing for peoples properties. These fences are vital to reestablishing animal pens which families use for their livelihood. Also, a small family of three was given a fresh start thanks to their new apartment which you helped fund! Thanks, for this family’s new beginnings and for countless others too!

The second organization which this GlobalGiving fund benefits is “Rebuild Moore -- Oklahoma Tornado Reconstruction” implemented by Architecture for Humanity. This project is hands on and absolutely committed to long term reconstruction. Right now their project is focused on creating lasting partnerships and building schools that will be safe in case of future such disasters. Two schools laid in the path of the Moore tornado and both were leveled to the ground.  Architecture for Humanity strives to build more tornado resistant buildings and they are teaming with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the state of Oklahoma’s Office for Emergency management (OKOEM) to help them.

The partnership will work on long term reconstruction efforts and will empower members of the community to actively engage in their own recovery programs. One of these programs is the Safe Schools 101 initiative which trains local architects and engineers in assessing the the ability of schools to withstand tornados. They are trained to recognize if the buildings are not up to FEMA regulatory standards and how to remedy this. This program has been implemented all over the state of Oklahoma and it can be available nationwide if you sign up here!

Clearly there is still ongoing recovery efforts, even so many months after the disaster. While this disaster was tragic and devastated hundreds of lives, the support that you have provided has given people hope and the brightest future possible! GlobalGiving thanks you on behalf of all those affected by the Oklahoma Tornados!

Working to Rebuild
Working to Rebuild
Digging for a Fence
Digging for a Fence
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Location: Washington, D.C. - USA
EIN: 30-0108263

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About GlobalGiving’s Disaster Response

When a disaster strikes, recovery efforts led by people who live and work in affected communities are often overlooked and underfunded. GlobalGiving is changing this reality. Since 2004, we've been shifting decision-making power to crises-affected communities through trust-based grantmaking and support.

We make it easy, quick, and safe to support people on the ground who understand needs in their communities better than anyone else.

They were there long before the news cameras arrived, and they’ll be there long after the cameras leave. They know how to make their communities more resilient to future disasters, and they’re already hard at work. GlobalGiving puts donations and grants directly into their hands. Because the status quo—which gives the vast majority of funding to a few large organizations—doesn’t make sense.

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