MUSKOGEE, Okla — Agencies such as the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Catholic charities gathered on Saturday afternoon to help those affected by the recent flooding in Muskogee.
The aim of the one-stop-shop event is to share the resources and assistance available to those affected by the recent floods.
Kim O’Brien, disaster program specialist for the American Red Cross, told 2 News: “Each agency showcases a particular service. They bring gift cards. They can bring resources and community resources. They bring referrals to other agencies. or they can bring manpower to work”.
The American Red Cross said volunteers went outside to assess damage from the severe storms that struck on May 4.
Floods and tornadoes stretched from southwest Seminole to the Arkansas border south of US 412.
They see a need for repairs to floors, walls, furniture, replenishment of clothing and basic household items.
One common thing that most people don’t realize they can get help with is medical needs.
Janet Cordell, chief of disaster health services for the American Red Cross, said, “You ask people if you’ve lost your meds? Well no, I haven’t actually lost the meds. I don’t take prescription drugs. with your ibuprofen and your Tylenol? Oh yeah”.
Cordell said they can refund you even if you’ve already bought medicine.
They can even help with dentures, first aid kits and glasses.
Cordell said people feel a sense of relief when they realize the Red Cross can help them with these needs.
The American Red Cross said eleven homes were destroyed, seventy-one have major damage, one hundred eighty-one have minor damage and three hundred eighty-two have what the organization calls impacted damage; for example, missing shingles or siding.
So far, they’ve had nearly 60 families receiving help.
O’Brien said, “There are a lot of people who have been overwhelmed with having to start over and go through the work of having to work with insurance companies, and I’ve seen stories of joy and hope and a positive outlook”.
If you have been affected by the recent floods or tornadoes and need assistance, there will be another multi-agency aid center on Monday, May 16.
The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Reynolds Wellness Center in Seminole.
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