The Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project (ODRP) is a collaboration of agencies, including but not limited to, American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, The Salvation Army, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Church of the Harvest, and the Oklahoma United Methodist Church to conduct disaster case management for individuals and families in need of long term recovery. The case managemebt process includes identifying resources in the community to meet the needs of clients. The ODRP partnership extends to all service organizations that have been and will continue to be here for the communities impacted and provide vital serices to individuals and families affected by the Spring 2013 storms. Many agencies are working together in a coordinated effort to support our state during this difficult time and will be here over the months and years to come.
The fall of 2014 is an exciting time for us as we have initiated several new partnerships that will strengthen our ability to serve survivors better. Starting in August 2014, Lutheran Disaster Services assigned one of their full time staff members to work with OKUMC Disaster Response to help with volunteer teams that are still working in the homes of survivors. We are also partnering with Rebuilding Together OKC as they begin new home construction for survivors who lost everything in the storms. Rebuilding Together OKC is providing materials and project management for the new home construction while OKUMC, Church of the Harvest, and ServeMoore have partnered to provide volunteers to assist in the actual construction activities. In December of this year, Christian Aid Ministries (a Mennonite home construction ministry) will also partner with Rebuilding Together OKC to initiate another wave of home rebuilding. Another important partnership is with OKUMC and Rebuilding Together's national organization (partnering with Lowe's) to provide financial and volunteer assistance in the disaster affected rural community of Newalla and unincorporated portions of Pottawatomie County. Long Term Recovery is the time following a disaster in which agencies and organizations help affected persons and communities to develop and implement plans and structures for an extended recovery over a period of time. Recovery to each disaster is unique and the long-term recovery (going beyond the relief and initial cleanup to major repairing and rebuilding of homes and lives) may last weeks or years. Five Long Term Recovery Committees (LTRC’s) have developed in various local communities involved in the 2013 spring storms. These LTRC’s enabled the local communities to take ownership in their communities recovery. The ODRP was developed to serve these LTRC’s, their communities and the disaster survivors. One of the biggest VOIDS and challenges in long term recovery is the availability and coordination of adequate resources and skilled labor to repair and rebuild survivors homes. The Oklahoma United Methodist Church Disaster Response Ministry(OKUMC-DR) has developed a Volunteer Coordination & Construction Project Management Team to serve as a resource to the ODRP disaster case management collaborative and the five Long Term Recovery Committees (LTRC’s). The OKUMC-DR Team’s purpose is to help fill the volunteer & construction VOIDS that long term recovery brings to disaster survivors. OKUMC-DR will be the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project’s Construction & Volunteer Management Team. If your organization wants to serve the disaster survivors in Oklahoma there are “buttons” at the right of this page to help guide you to the area of service that best fits you and your organization or team. Thank you for your willingness to serve those in need!