Oklahoma

Disaster Recovery (Moore, Oklahoma City)

Contact:  Pam Small, UCC Disaster Ministries' Registrar, Oklahoma Tornadoes
Email:  psmall66@gmail.com 
Phone:  812.453.3995 (Cell)
Website:  http://www.ucc.org/volunteer/disaster-recovery-volunteers 

The Disaster Event:  Ten tornadoes moved through central Oklahoma between May 19th and June 2nd of 2013.  The May 20th tornado that struck the heavily populated town of Moore was categorized as EF5.  The tornado was 1.3 miles (2.1 km) wide at its peak.  It stayed on the ground for 39 minutes over a 17-mile (27 km) path.  Deaths resulted and property damage was wide-spread.

Project/Focus:  Long-Term Diaster recovery from Oklahoma Tornadoes of May-June 2013.  Projects include home rebuilding.

Educational/Advocacy Components

  • Preparation for the trip: "Mission Trips That Matter" by Don C. Richter, Upper Room Books
  • On-Site Reflection:  "Meeting God in the Ruins: Devotions for Disaster Volunteers" Free copies may be ordered from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by calling 800.638.3522 ext. 2580 (ISBN 6-0001-6788-1); pay shipping only.
  • Follow-Up Action:  Help your local community prepare for possible disaster and response.  Be sure your congregation has a plan in case of local disaster (View sample plan).  Get to know your UCC Conference Disaster Coordinator and stay involved.

Time:  Long Term recovery work begins in March 2014.  Arrive Sunday afternoon and depart Saturday morning.  Work Monday - Friday.

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:5

Accommodations:  Housing provided in local United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregations for groups under 15.  UCC Registrar will make arrangements for your group upon receiving your on-line registration.  Bathrooms, showers and access to kitchen facilities and utensils are available.

Cost:  $75.00 per person per week to offset costs related to organizing and housing groups.  Costs for building materials and tools and construction supervision provided through case management system of local long-term recovery committee.  Your donations to One Great Hour of Sharing® help make possible the local work of the Long-Term Recovery Committee.

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Rev. Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115
216-736-3214
blaufusm@ucc.org