Useful Links

Key links for information relating to Oklahoma Disaster Relief

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management

The mission of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (ODEM) is to minimize the effects of attack, technological and natural disasters upon the people of Oklahoma by preparing, implementing and exercising preparedness plans, assisting local government subdivisions with training for and mitigation of disasters, and by coordinating actual disaster response/recovery operations.


American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City

Heart of Oklahoma Chapter, Norman

Tulsa Area Chapter, Tulsa

Each year, the American Red Cross responds immediately to more than 67,000 disasters, including house or apartment fires (the majority of disaster responses), hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents, explosions, and other natural and man-made disasters.


Salvation Army Oklahoma Arkansas Disaster Services Heading

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.


Feeding America

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

Feeding America, the nation's largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization, was first involved with disaster relief in 1989 following Hurricane Hugo and the Loma Prieta earthquake that struck San Francisco and the Central California Coast. Since then, Feeding America nationally has taken an active role in recovery efforts following major disasters. On a state level, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma (Oklahoma City) and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma (Tulsa) are active members of OKVOAD and support relief efforts through logistics and food distribution expertise.


National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

National VOAD coordinates planning efforts by many voluntary organizations responding to disaster. Member organizations provide more effective and less duplication in service by getting together before disasters strike. Once disasters occur, National VOAD or an affiliated state VOAD encourages members and other voluntary agencies to convene on site. This cooperative effort has proven to be the most effective way for a wide variety of volunteers and organizations to work together in a crisis.



The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is now part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.


Central Oklahoma REACT

REACT is an Independent, Incorporated, Non-profit, Tax Exempt, Volunteer, Emergency Communications, Public Service Civic Organization" Radio Emergency Associated Communications Teams are volunteers who are organized internationally and use Citizens Band (CB) radios to provide public service communications for travelers and their local communities.


United Methodist Committee on Relief

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the not-for-profit international humanitarian aid organization of The United Methodist Church, active in many parts of the world bringing hope, providing relief from hunger and disasters, and teaching peace.


Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief

The Southern Baptist Convention North American Mission Board, along with state Baptist convention leaders, has taken the lead in organizing Southern Baptists to respond to disasters. They contribute manpower, ministry, and financial help during floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, earthquakes, and urban disasters. Southern Baptists have built 335 mobile mass feeding, recovery, child care, command, and other units to date.


Mennonite Disaster Service

Mennonite Disaster Service is a channel through which various constituencies of the Anabaptist church can respond to those affected by disasters in North America. While their main focus is on clean up, repair and rebuilding homes, this activity becomes a means of touching lives and helping people regain faith and wholeness.


Adventist Community Services

ACS Disaster Response is a voluntary service provided by Adventist Community Services to assist individuals, families and communities victimized by natural disasters and unforeseen tragedies.


Catholic Charities

In times of disaster, Catholic Charities is prepared and ready to help.  We recognize the value of coordinating disaster response and recovery through the sharing of resources, people, technical assistance and other support.


Feed The Children

When disasters hit at home or overseas Feed The Children responds immediately with food and other emergency supplies. Years of experience and a wide range of resources allow quick and efficient assistance to disaster survivors and relief workers.


Brethren Disaster Ministries

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) meets the needs of children by setting up child care centers in shelters and disaster assistance centers. Specially trained to respond to traumatized children, volunteers provide a calm, safe and reassuring presence in the midst of the chaos created by disasters. CDS also educates parents and caregivers on how to help children cope.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continually gathers donations of food, clothes, medical supplies, and relief items. The resources are then pre-positioned in key locations for shipping on short notice. Because of this preparedness, the Church is able to respond immediately in times of emergency. When the timing of response is critical, international relief agencies have come to rely on the Church for food and materials.



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