Organizations open resource center, help victims from tornado in Texoma

Published: May. 12, 2019 at 7:05 PM CDT
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A community affected by last week's EF-3 tornado that took two lives and left others with an uncertain future, on Saturday got a glimmer of hope.

More than 70 homes were damaged in Bryan County, and 27 more in Atoka after last week's deadly tornado touched ground in Texoma.

A state of emergency declared by Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt remains in effect for these and 64 other Oklahoma counties.

On Saturday a massive effort to help those victims began at Rock Creek Elementary in Blue.

"There is a number of groups here that are helping folks that were affected by the tornado's, they all kind of come together as a one stop shop kind of arrangement so that they don't have to track these groups down."

Mike Mlynek is the Executive Director for the Red Cross in southern Oklahoma.

The Red Cross along with 14 other agencies and organizations like the USDA and churches, spent the day providing and analyzing what needs victims were in need of.

Ranging from health vaccines to financial assistance, and even legal help.

"We're here to respond to the recent storm that hit here, we're with the VOAD, Oklahoma VOAD," said John Bloomberg.

The MARC or Multi-Agency Resource Center was filled with volunteers through the Oklahoma VOAD or Voluntary Active in Disaster.

John Bloomberg is part of 21st Century Santa, their goal is to bring a smile to children's faces.

"Give them a couple of toys to place with and then we follow up with them throughout the year and see how we can help them," added Bloomberg.

"There are a lot of groups here that just come out on their own volunteer time to help those affected and we're very grateful for that," said Mlynek.

The resource center is only available Saturday, but if you need help and missed out on the event, information for those agencies will be available at the school.

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