Updated 5/28/13 – May 20th Oklahoma Tornado Donation & Assistance Guide

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*This post was updated last at 5:07 PM CST on 5/29/13. My goal is to provide at least 2 updates per day going forward as new information and resources become available to me. Follow the Twitter hash tag, #mooreisok for specific updates and changes to blog.

May 20th Oklahoma Tornado Forever Changed Me

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, you know that I’ve been posting live updates and information as I am aware  in relation to the devastating tornado in Moore, Oklahoma on May 20th, 2013. My house is 1 block from all the damage, and this morning (5/22/13) I was able to leave my house for the first time in 2 days. Since I am so close to ground zero, I have been helping in any way I can using my mobile phone to drive information and assistance. Yesterday, with the help of Blake, my community manager, I was able to blog about the events in Surviving Moore.

To understand how large the devastation really was and the large path of the tornado, you can click to view Google’s Crisis Map. Having just been able to drive my car through most of the affected areas, it hurts my heart. I often can’t tell what street I am on as their are no street signs or landmarks that would help me recognize. My daughter, who is 4 has seen the damage as we drove her to school. She told me that the tornado ate houses and after it was done, pooped everywhere including our yard. I think it’s an accurate description of what happened especially from a 4 year old. It’s unreal.

Today (5/22/13) was the first day we have been able to leave our home and I was able to see how close me and my family came to loosing our lives and our belongings. It’s likely that our storage unit we had just down the street and everything in it is gone, but I am very lucky. (*Update 5/24/13 – Our storage unit at SecureCare just east of 4th and Santa Fe is leveled. Not all storage units are damaged. SecureCare is letting in persons tomorrow, Friday, 5/25/13 starting at 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM.)

For those of you who are not in Moore and are looking to do something that will directly impact those who have been affected, please see the information below. For those of you who are looking for information or contact information in relation to the storm, donations and assistance, my friend Carrie Corbin has compiled a stellar list. I’ve updated to reflect what I know and will continue to make additions and updates as more information is available. Please feel free to leave a comment and share your own information or assistance in the comments and I will update for you.

Oklahoma and Moore Tornado Assistance Guide

LIFE ESSENTIALS (Important Updates for Residents) 

  • 30 Days Free Storage. U-Haul is offering tornado victims 30 days of free storage at this U-Haul location: 7525 SE 29th Street, Midwest City, OK 73110 or call (800) 522-4236. 
  • Free Call & Text Message Service to Victims. Tornado victims might be lost without their smartphone to be able to communicate or are worried about the cost of service especially if they are taking unpaid time off work to clean up their homes. Click here for information about CallMultiplier and the services they are offering.
  • Ice and Water Available. Ice available for residents at Southgate Baptist Church 740 SW 4th St. Moore, OK or Phone: (405) 799-8889. Deliveries into neighborhoods are trying to be coordinated. City recommends you don’t wait for delivery. Bring your ice chest to church. Available each day going forward during recovery and at no charge.
  • Access to Birth Records. Emergency access to birth records and important documents is available at no cost. Fees are waived and will remain in effect until June 30, 2013. Storm victims can apply for birth or death certificates at the Oklahoma State Department of Health office at 1000 Northeast Tenth Street in Oklahoma City. Information by clicking here.
  • HUD Offers Homeowners Foreclosure Protection for 90 daysClick here for information or call 1-800-CALL-FHA to see if your home is FHA insured.
  • Free Laundry Service. Tide is set up in the Wal-Mart parking lots on 19th street and Telephone offering free laundry services to tornado victims
  • Cell phone charging stations are set up in the parking lots of the Moore Home Depot also at 19th and Telephone
  • Getting Around Moore & Oklahoma City. As of 5/23/13, Telephone Road has reopened between 4th and 19th streets. 4th street is also open but Santa Fe is closed between 4th and 19th streets.
  • Food is available to residents and volunteers at Operation BBQ Relief. Check on their Facebook Page for updates on current locations and distribution times. As of 5/23/13, food is being served at Hillsdale Baptist College at 3701 S. Frontage Road, Moore, OK 73160 or call (405) 625-2462.
  • Mail Service. The Moore OK Post Office Branch, servicing ZIP Codes 73153 and 73160 sustained heavy damage Monday and the employees have been relocated. The letter carriers from Moore Branch are temporarily housed at the Airport Finance Unit located at 6500 Air Cargo Rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73195. Beginning, 5/23/13, Letter carriers for both Santa Fe and Moore will attempt delivery where possible. Customers that cannot receive mail at their residence in the impacted ZIP Codes of 73153 and 73160 may pick their mail up from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Airport Finance Unit (AFU). Impacted customers in ZIP Code 73170 can pick up their mail from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Santa Fe. Customers are required to provide their delivery address and a valid photo ID in order to pick up their mail. Nearby retail services are available at Penn 89 Station located at 9201 South Penn and are also available at the AFU. Click here to read the USPS press release.
  • For Pet Owners Wanting Temporary Housing. La Quinta Inns and Suites allows pets in their hotel rooms. Nearby locations: La Quinta Inn & Suites 2140 Riverwalk Dr. Moore, OK 73160 Phone: 1-405-759-7700 & La Quinta Inn Oklahoma City Del City 5501 Tinker Diagonal Del City, OK 73115-4613 Phone: 1-405-672-0067
  • Short Term Rental Rooms & Homes. Go to AirBnB.com. Download their mobile app. Some very affordable homes, rooms and options in the surrounding areas. I also encourage renters or home owners to have available rooms to list them here. Much more reliable than Craigslist and less likely to be scams
  • List of Where Emergency Aid Stations & Food Are. This page is updated for those who are looking for Red Cross assistance, food and where the stations, trucks and aid will be. Click here.
  • Photo and Personal Items Found Dropoff. Amy Innovations in Moore is collecting & cleaning photos found in the rubble. Studio Innovations address is 201 N. Broadway, Suite #104 Moore, OK 73160 (Inside the Moore Old School building), Phone 405-626-3686. They also have Facebook Fan Page
  • Unemployed or Unable to Work? Disaster Underemployed Assistance Program is available for those small business owners or workers who are unemployed because of the tornado. You can file a claim by calling OESC Unemployment Insurance Service Center at 1-800-555-1554 at Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to begin the claim process. More information can be found by clicking here. Access the OESC website.
  • Oklahoma Resources for Business Owners. From the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, you can connect with members, pool resources and ask for assistance by clicking here.
  • Housing, Utilities and Other Finance Resources. The Oklahoma Housing Authority is offering financial assistance with rent, utilities, hotel rooms and other home deposits. There are no income limits or requirements but you must have registered with FEMA (FEMA details listed below) Call 405- 419-8196 or visit their Facebook Page.
  • Steps to Take if Denied FEMA. FEMA denials are happening most often because persons are not providing the correct documentation. Read your denial letter carefully. Individuals can also resolve the problem at 800-621-3362 or a twww.disasterassistance.gov.

Resources & Information for Oklahoma and Moore Tornado Victims

HOUSING (subject to change quickly)

  • 4-6 houses ready to move in for anyone that is displaced. Let anyone you know to call 405-801-2293 we can get people moved in today. I know this is a tough time and we want to be available to help if you can’t get through or it’s after hours please call cell 405-209-5379
  • The Greens at Norman has immediate availability for all tornado victims. We are furnishing several apartments specifically for those that have lost everything. Please let everyone know!! We don’t want to sit in vacancy while people go without homes!
  • Remington Apartments in OKC are giving away free apartments for the people who lost their homes!! 125 South Santa Fe Avenue Oklahoma City, OK 73139(405) 634-2428
  • Short Term Rental Rooms & Homes. Go to AirBnB.comDownload their mobile app. Some very affordable homes, rooms and options in the surrounding areas. I also encourage renters or home owners to have available rooms to list them here. Much more reliable than Craigslist and less likely to be scams
  • Temporary Housing Listing in Metro. Great resource for those looking for temporary housing with a wide variety of types of homes available. Click here or visit the Facebook Group.
  • HUD Offers Homeowners Foreclosure Protection for 90 days. Click here for information or call 1-800-CALL-FHA to see if your home is FHA insured.
  • Housing Grant up to $2,000 per Household Available. Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency announced today the availability of grants for families impacted by tornadoes in Oklahoma in 2013. The grants, capped at $2,000 per household, may be used for housing related expenses including utility deposits, security deposits, hotel rooms and first month’s rent. There is no income limit attached to the grants.Call (405) 419-8196.
  • Housing, Utilities and Other Finance Resources. The Oklahoma Housing Authority is offering financial assistance with rent, utilities, hotel rooms and other home deposits. There are no income limits or requirements but you must have registered with FEMA (FEMA details listed below) Call 405- 419-8196 or visit their Facebook Page.
  • The Single Parent Support Network is offering single parents housing which includes first month rent free. They are also providing some furniture and furnishings.Visit their website for more details.

EMPLOYMENT 

  • Disaster Underemployed Assistance Program is available for those small business owners or workers who are unemployed due to the tornados. You can file a claim by calling OESC Unemployment Insurance Service Center at 1-800-555-1554 at Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to begin the claim process. More information can be found by clicking here. Access the OESC website

FUNERAL SERVICES

  • West Haven Memorial Gardens is offering free burial and service

PRICE GAUGING

Sadly, I have already heard from friends of this occurring. Know your rights and who to contact.

  • From the Oklahoma Attorney General: If you experience price gouging w/ car rental, hotels or apartments, call the AG’s Office immediately at (405) 521-2029.

RELIEF ORGANIZATIONS

  • FEMA: 1-800-621-FEMA, visit their Facebook Page, how to get involved including fantastic tips and the FEMA website. The FEMA site has a robust mobile version to so you can sign up there directly and not have to wait on hold.
  • Assistance for FEMA Denials – FEMA denials are happening most often because persons are not providing the correct documentation.  Read your denial letter carefully. Individuals can also resolve the problem at 800-621-3362 or a twww.disasterassistance.gov.
  • RED CROSS (have shelters & are also working to provide food and supplies to first responders). THEY DO NOT NEED ANY MORE PHYSICAL DONATIONS. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10.00 (provides food, shelter, and emotional support services), 1-800-REDCROSS. To find a location or make an appointment to give blood near you in or outside of Oklahoma visit their website by clicking here. Check out the RedCross Facebook PageIf you’d like to donate directly to Red Cross Oklahoma Disaster Relief visit their website. 
  • CHRISTMAS CONNECTION:  (405) 634-2006 5728 S May OKC-closed toe shoes, lace up shoes, NO SANDALS, household items (dishes, small appliances, etc), hand sanitizer, wipes, work gloves, toiletries, Check out their Facebook Page.
  • OKLAHOMA BAPTIST DISASTER RELIEF: Monetary Donations only, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (provides listing of organizations who are helping). Click to visit their website.

SOCIAL MEDIA RESOURCES AND COMMUNITIES

  • Facebook Page just for Pottawatomie and Lincoln county volunteers and those affected by clicking here

LISTS OF SHELTERS:

  • Visit News 9′s website which has a comprehensive list by clicking here
  • Chabad Community Center of Southern Oklahoma just opened their doors on 5/22/13 to accept individuals. Click here for more information

PETS & ANIMALS (supplies needed here too for shelters)

  • https://www.facebook.com/okhumane
  • https://www.facebook.com/PORC247
  • https://www.facebook.com/animalresourcecenter
  • Lost Pets: www.okclostpets.com
  • Home Depot (Moore) is helping with animal rescue (405) 895-6064
  • Other donation items for pets: Crates and Kennels are also needed and can be dropped off at: 1) Cleveland County Fairgrounds at 615 E Robinson St 2) Norman Animal Shelter at 3428 S. Jenkins Ave 3) http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/how-to-help-animals-affected-by-the-oklahoma-tornado?WT.z_mod=HPDL 4) Second Chance Animal Shelter 4500 24th Ave NW Norman, OK 73069 (405)321-1915 for Fostering (360) 201-6222- NEEDS: Purina One Lamb and Rice, Purina One Puppy, Purina Cat and Non-Clumping litter 5) Horse Donations (623)776-3533
  • Displaced horses can be temporarily housed with Yvette Fees. Contact her at 405.589.0833 or email at yvettefees@alo.com

How You Can Help Moore Oklahoma Tornado Victims

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Other volunteer efforts:

  • www.teamrubiconusa.org
  • Samaritans’ Purse (Granbury TX – deploying efforts to Oklahoma) http://spvolunteernetwork.org/projects/oklahoma-tornado-response.aspx

LOOKING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS & PETS 

MONETARY DONATIONS

Just a reminder that CASH is always the most cost-effective way of donating through an established organization (either directly through a formal organizations website or via a text donation) because the food banks and other non-profits can purchase items tax-free at reduced rates and can provide entire meals for less than what we can donate – and you also ensure that people who actually need the help, receive it.

AGENCIES PROVIDING RESOURCES FOR SPECIFIC FAMILIES 

There are a number of agencies that assist with providing families items or donations.

  • National Disaster Adoptions. This is not an official non-profit but provides individuals who are looking to help others with a way to adopt those who have qualified for FEMA. Visit their Facebook Group

DONATING TO INDIVIDUALS

Personal Fundraising. Contact Mary Yap at mary@crowdtilt.com. They are waiving all credit card fees and can help get national donations for supplies or for local church/organization relief efforts as well. http://bit.ly/FundraiseForOklahoma. You are welcome to list your individual fundraising campaign in the comments section. I will update them as I learn of more as well.

DONATING BLOOD 

The blood banks are asking that you begin to schedule donations for July and into the fall. The response has been overwhelming for them. Oklahoma Blood Institute: www.obi.org (405)-278-3100-Wants blood donations later in the week call for times. Red Cross: To find a location or make an appointment to give blood near you in or outside of Oklahoma: www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation.

ALL OTHER DONATIONS: (SEE EXTENSIVE LIST BELOW) 

Most organizations are requesting specific items to be donated and do not want to be the place just for everyone’s cast off items that would end up in a garage sale or thrift shop.  Please call ahead before donating if you do not know the specific items that are needed.

FUNDRAISERS

My friend Leslie Spears has a nice list of fundraisers and events happening in the OKC Metro to benefit the tornado victims and community. To learn more click here.

OTHER DROP-OFF LOCATIONS *By City*

MOORE:

  • Moore Community and Development (405)793-5053-Heavy Machinery for cleaning debris
  • Home Depot (Moore) is helping with animal rescue (405) 895-6064

EDMOND: 

  • Crawford Family Funeral Service – call 405.340.2333
  • Memorial Road Church of Christ: 2221 East Memorial Road, 405.478.0166
  • Juice Blendz at 1200 West Covell Road in Edmond (405-285-0133)
  • All Edmond High Schools have drop-off’s. Edmond Memorial High School (405) 340-2850-Clothing, Edmond North (405) 340-2875-Bottled Water, Edmond Santa Fe (405) 340-2230-Canned Food

OKLAHOMA CITY: 

  • New Direction Ministries – 10109 N. Western Avenue (405-242-4692)
  • The Gate Church is accepting: Water, Sunscreen, Baby Items, Toiletries, Gloves, etc. 7700 North Council Road (405-728-7700)
  • 50 Penn Place: Clear Channel station in 50 Penn Place will accept donations at the west entrance. N.W. 50th and Penn West entrance
  • LifeChurch.tv is partnering with Convoy of Hope: Drop off information: http://www.facebook.com/lifechurchtv,  Locations: www.lifechurch.tv/locations
  • McNellie’s OKC and Norman-Water, Gatorade, clothing, baby supplies, paper towels
  • Carl’s Auto Repair (405) 677-7446-All Items
  • Home Depot metro area you can buy items for donation at store an they will deliver to Moore
  • Chili’s Metro Locations-Can drop off any items at any of their locations
  • Catholic Chairities (405) 523-3000
  • Science Museum Oklahoma (405) 602-6664-Bottled water, Gatorade, wipes, baby formula, canned food
  • David Stanley Dodge (405) 737-3700 7609 SE 29th St OKC-Everything but clothing
  • Council Road Baptist (405) 495-2727 Mon-Fri 7am-530pm 2900 N Council OK-All donations
  • Asbury Medical Supplies (405) 858-0097 9am-5pm 3401 N May-Any Donations
  • Trinity Clinic (405) 848-7246 4236 NW Expressway Ste 115 OKC-Any Donations

NORMAN:

  • Journey Church in Norman I-35 & Tecumseh in Norman
  • McNellie’s OKC and Norman-Water, Gatorade, clothing, baby supplies, paper towels
  • OU Housing and Food (405) 325-9900 Donations accepted at the Main Walker Tower on campus 1406 Asp Ave in Norman- Diapers, baby supplies, toiletries, phone chargers, dog and cat food, board games and DVDs, new clothes for both adults and kids
  • Second Chance Animal Shelter 4500 24th Ave NW Norman, OK 73069 (405)321-1915 for Fostering (360) 201-6222- NEEDS: Purina One Lamb and Rice, Purina One Puppy, Purina Cat and Non-Clumping litter

MUSTANG: 

  • Mustang Brewing Company Headquarters – Open 5/21 at 7:00 a.m. Several thousand square feet of warehouse space opened up. Will get it to those who need it. 520 North Meridian Avenue, Oklahoma City. (405) 943-0100-Water, non-perishable food, baby supplies, clothing and home goods

MIDWEST CITY: 

  • Beta Delgado at Door Christian Fellowship 405.705.1919

CHOCTAW: 

  • Choctaw Road Baptist Church – collecting water, diapers, toiletries, snack foods, work gloves, gatorade, sunscreen, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, ibuprofen. PLEASE NO CLOTHING. Between 8:15 am and 4:15 pm Tuesday and Wednesday. 14971 East Reno, Choctaw (405-390-9002)

SHAWNEE: 

  • Shawnee Mall (405)275-7253 4901 N Kickapoo St Center court in front of Jc Penny-Any Donations
  • Shawnee Expo Center: Any donations including clothing. Call (405) 481-5871 05/22 after 10am for details. They are taking things to Moore, Carney etc as needed.

BARTLESVILLE: 

  • Bartlesville Professional Firefighters, Local 200 accepting the same as my original list above, plus clothing and shoes.

EL RENO: 

  • Lucky Star Casino, Event Tent — a trailer is set up for donations from 7:00am till 3:00pm Tuesday and Wednesday (Event Tent on the West Side of the Casino). A cashier will be available for monetary donations. Necessary items, water, gatorade, non perishable foods, diapers, formula and wipes, hand sanitizer, gloves, trash bags, rakes, shovels, flashlight and batteries, suntan lotion, pre packed snacks. No clothes, bedding or household items at this time, as Red Cross has no storage or distribution center set up for these items at this time. Will be needed in the very near future though. EL Reno, Oklahoma (405-422-6500)

ELK CITY: 

  • Culver Electric: filling trailers with water, diapers, wipes, formula, gloves, hand tools, sunscreen, Gatorade, and all needed items on the salvation army and red cross list. 1823 West 20th in Elk City

LOCAL MEDIA: 

  • KYIS 98.9 (405)848-0100 4045 NW 64th St (64th and Wedgewood)-Everything but clothing
  • www.News9.com (405)-843-6641 7401 N Kelly Ave OKC-Accepting anything but clothes
  • www.Newsok.com
  • www.Kfor.com
  • www.Okcfox.com
  • Clear Channel station in 50 Penn Place will accept donations at the west entrance. N.W. 50th and Penn West entrance

OTHER DONATIONS: (not sure of location)

  • Twisted Route Art (580) 512-5191-Clothing

VOLUNTEERING

Please stay out of the affected areas until search and rescue and emergency crews have said it’s safe and so that traffic doesn’t stay congested. As a victim, it’s so hard to be stuck trying to get to and from your home (or what’s left of it) because there are so many people in the area coming to sight see or to try and volunteer before they are needed.

Please consider contacting any number of the organizations listed below or anyone who you know is organizing efforts to help. You don’t have to be in the zone to be impactful.

  • Please call organizations before showing up to volunteer unless they have asked otherwise.
  • The County Commissioner for the area is Brian Maughan and once search and rescue is wrapping up, his county crew will be working on clean-up and will needs lots of manpower and for well past this weekend. Please follow him for updates https://www.facebook.com/commissionerbrianmaughan

PETITIONS: (Shelters in Schools) 

Those of you may know that two schools were leveled in the storm and a number of children’s lives were lost because there was not a shelter, safe room or basement in the school. I picked up my own daughter at her school just minutes from when the tornado hit. Ryleigh’s school was spared. I watched the tornado desend from the sky and we narrowly missed our lives being taken. Please consider signing these to support the addition of shelters in all schools in Oklahoma.

Supporting Each Other. Supporting Oklahoma

Please feel free to leave a comment below and add to the list. We will work to keep the list updated but it’s up to you. Let’s work together to help overcome this obstacles. Let’s support Oklahoma.

Photo Credit @stormcoker.

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Comments

  1. Hi, My name is melissa charest, I live in Westport, Ma. My daughter wanted to donate a bunch of games/puzzles and any kind of supplies. Also we have some brand new clothing to donate. Most websites are either saying no clothing or brand new only. I have some clothing pretty much brand new in excellent condition. I was wondering if there was some specific familes in need that lost everything. I am willing to mail anything needed to oklahoma.
    for girls clothing i have sizes 7/8, 6/6x
    baby boy clothing anything under 2t

    Thank you
    melissa charest

    Melissa Charest |
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    • Many of the smaller surrounding areas of the tornadoes were pretty much dropped after the big one in Moore. It is a normal military response during mass casualty. However, there are many in little Axe, Shawnee, Bethel, Carney and Prague still needing all kinds of supplies. Check on https://moore.recovers.org

      Shannon Whaley |
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  2. Hi Jessica! I am an Okie born and raised, and I just wanted to take a minute to tell you “thank you” for putting this list of resources together. I am going to post the URL for this post on my blog and Facebook page. (I hope that is okay) The more people who see it the better.
    Thank you again for your help! God Bless xo

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  3. Jessica,

    Amazing list and communications! Thanks for also telling us about your friends so we can donate to them. So sorry you are going through such trying times and praying for your entire community.

    Your Friend in Westport Connecticut
    Sandra Long

    Sandra Long |
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    Sandra Long
  4. Can you please add Infant Crisis Services to your list of relief organizations? Infant Crisis Services has diapers, formula, baby food, wipes, car seats, playpens and any other baby related items to distribute. Please call 405-778-7618 if a family needs help.

    Thank you!
    Becky

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  5. We have 20 or so never used quilts from baby to king size. If you know anyone who lost everything in the tornado who could use them.

    The Little Quilt Shop |
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  6. Thanks, Jessica, for taking up this project. It is in good hands! Look forward to seeing the list grow. This is a real blessing. You may need to pull in a couple volunteers to help you as the resource list grows and offers come in to your blog!

    Wouldn’t it be great too if some of the TV station interviews of agency officials (talking about what they have to offer and how to contact them) could be edited and loaded to a YouTube account related to the Oklahoma tornadoes? (just a thought).

    Blessings & shalom -

    Jean Warner |
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    • Anyone who knows who lived at 13th off telephone please let me know, I have been looking for the person who lost their cat and she did not leave enough contact information for me to contact her about her cat Sophia, if anyone knows where the owner of this residence is now please let me know so I can get her reunited with her cat, thank you very much. I tried and tried to find her but she did not leave any contact information except for this address and she lost everything so she has to be staying somewhere else now. thank you.

      Maureen Steele |
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  8. How do I get help being affected by the tornado fe ma helped but roofing company took advantage of me and my granddaughter that’s 13 IM raising my trailer is in bad shape now thank you Barbara Holland 2401 SE 44 lot 1 ttimr7 old 73129 also having bad times my electric got cut off and can’t have Christmas for my grandiose .thank you 779-8182

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