AARP participated in an open house and ribbon cutting at the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project Center in Moore. The center 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.
Watch a video of the ribbon cutting HERE
The hours of the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project Center, which is located at 1700 South Broadway in Moore, are: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (M-W-Th); 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Tuesdays); 8:30 a.m. to noon (Friday); and 9 a.m. to noon (Saturday).
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 and tornadoes.
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 after identifying 2,500 long-term cases. Currently, there are 357 active cases. Overall, a total of 512 cases have been opened.
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 call 1-866-477-7276. Those needing other social services help not related to the disaster are urged to call 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 process. AARP Oklahoma is participating in the long-term recovery committee.
Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project is a collaboration of case management through American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and the Oklahoma United Methodist Church, other nonprofit organizations, government, non-government, church and civic organizations in partnership with the United Way of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.