OK Storm Resources
A list of businesses offering assistance to people affected by the May 2019 flooding.
The storms that have hit Oklahoma in the past week are record breaking. Along with the rest of Tulsa I was glued to watching the local meteorologists. I have been friends with Mike Collier since 4th grade. Even then he knew he wanted to be a Meteorologist. It was amazing watching him work all week on no sleep. Yet he kept everyone informed, stayed professional and compassionate. Huge shout-out to Mike and all of the meteorologists, behind-the-scenes staff, local emergency officials…and the list goes on. There are truly people who are working nonstop to continue to help families in Oklahoma.
As soon as the storms hit I started hearing about companies assisting others. This is no surprise, since the kindness shown in Tulsa is always present. Below are a list of resources for individuals wanting to know more on how to help the victims of the storm. We know over time that there will be new resources and companies providing services. Currently these are all that I know about. If you hear of any please contact me (email firstname.lastname@example.org) so I can update the list.
Ways to donate money and items:
Humane Society of Tulsa, City of Tulsa Animal Welfare and Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps are setting up a temporary pet shelter in the Pavilion at the Tulsa Fairgrounds. They are in need of donated supplies, pet food, blankets, toys, comfort. Items, bottled water and snacks for volunteers. The shelter is open for pet and donation drop off from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. everyday until Sunday.
Most of the local media outlets are all working on drives and opportunities to donate money. We will update that information on here when those details are released.
Mazzio’s is donating 50 percent of their proceeds from their lunch and Tuesday night dinner buffets May 27-31 to United Way’s Tornado and Flood Relief Fund.
Philbrook Community Supply Drive. “Philbrook is teaming up with Sand Springs Community Services to collect essential items for those impacted by rising flood waters. Bring supplies to the main Philbrook location (2727 S. Rockford) Sunday 5/25 through 6/1 to enjoy free museum admission. Pass it on!
1. Trash Bags
2. Gloves (Latex type and/or Work Gloves)
3. Face Masks
4. Magic Erasers and/or Sponges
5. Toilet Paper
6. Paper Towels
7. Bottled Water
8. Cleaning Supplies” https://www.facebook.com/events/672636429854141/
“Victory Church is partnering with Convoy of Hope and other local ministries to bring hope and restoration to our city and state. If you want to get involved, email email@example.com, or donate to [Victory’s disaster relief efforts here.]”
Utica Square, in partnership with The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, will be collecting non-perishable food items and taking monetary donations at the Summer’s Fifth Night concert May 30, 5-9 p.m.
- Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma: As this disaster is unfolding, the Food Bank is providing material support to organizations who react as first responders. The Food Bank remains in contact with 360 Partner Agencies in 24 counties to provide uninterrupted service in meeting the needs of individuals affected. The Food Bank has three options for people to offer aid to Oklahomans in need during this long-term recovery effort.
MONETARY DONATIONS remain the most helpful allowing for an efficient response and targeting specific needs.
VOLUNTEER to sort, pack, and prepare Food Bank distributions and recovery supplies.
FOOD AND FUND DRIVES with coworkers or friends encourage community while helping the many Oklahomans in need.
Most Needed Items:
- Peanut Butter
- Canned fruit
- Grain items
- Boxed meals
- Canned entrees
- Canned meats
- Pasta sauce
- News on 6 Healing the Heartland Live Telethon: Tune in to News on 6 on June 6 at 7 p.m. for a live telethon raising funds for those affected by the recent severe weather. The Griffin Radio Stations–KFAQ-AM 1170, KHTT-FM 106.9, KVOO-FM 98.5, KXBL-FM 99.5 and KBEZ-FM 92.9–will also be participating.
- Reasor’s In-Store Food Drive: From June 1-14, Reasor’s will be holding an in-store food drive to help those affected by the recent floods and severe weather. Those interested in participating can simply make a cash donation at any Reasor’s location when checking out. This will go to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.
- YWCA Tulsa: “The YWCA is gathering donations for HIGH NEED items to be delivered to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Emergency Infant Services, and encouraging our community to give monetary donations to the American Red Cross.” Donation locations:
- Patti Johnson Wilson Center (1910 S Lewis Ave, Tulsa, OK 74104)
- East Community Center (8145 E 17th St, Tulsa, OK 74112)
Businesses offering discount on services:
Aloft Tulsa Downtown is offering a special rate to all flood victims at $69. To obtain this rate call 918.947.8200.
Sky Fitness has some amazing gestures for anyone who is without power or is temporarily displaced. You have access to get a free guest pass and use their locker rooms to shower, dry your hair, or power your phones. Of course you can workout too! https://www.facebook.com/pg/skytulsa
Livi Lee’s Daylight Donuts – Their Sand Springs location is offering free breakfast to anyone who is unable to be in their home and first responders. We do not know how many days they will do this. But it is amazing they have offered this for the past 2 days! https://www.facebook.com/pg/Livi-Lees-Daylight-Donuts
- AT&T: AT&T is offering AT&T wireless and AT&T prepaid customers affected by the Oklahoma floods unlimited talk, text and data access from May 24-28. Get details about what zip codes qualify and other important information here.
- Tulsa Health Department: Tulsa Health Department is offering free tetanus shots to people affected by the recent severe weather. Go to tulsa-health.org/vaccines for more information.
- Park Plaza Church of Christ: Park Plaza is distributing disaster supplies from May 27 through at least the end of the week. Learn more about available supplies and who qualifies here.
- Mazzio’s Tulsa: “Mazzio’s will be donating 50 percent of proceeds from the lunch buffet and Tuesday night dinner buffet from May 27 – 31.”
- Iron Gate Tulsa: Iron Gate provides hot meals daily to people in need from 8:30-10:30 a.m. They also have a pantry service on Wednesday (12-1 p.m.), Friday (12-1 p.m.) and Saturday (11 a.m.-12 p.m.). These services are open to anyone who needs them–documentation and proof of income not required. If you’d like to support Iron Gate, you can donate here or call 918-359-9001.
- HCS Roofing & Restoration: Offering $500 off a new roof OR a free carpet cleaning with a new roof. Mention TulsaKids to get the discount!
HCS Roofing & Restoration is the premier roofing and restoration solution for your home or business. Serving Tulsa and the surrounding areas as a licensed, insured, bonded roofing and restoration company available 24/7. Call now and we will provide a free consultation in the same day, 918. 876-3344 or email info@hcsroofingandrestoration.
- The Coffee Blues is offering “filtered water, coffee, iced coffee or iced tea at no charge to any person or family affected by the flood waters, any first responders, or any volunteers that are helping with the incredible act of nature.”
Special Shout Outs:
Mayor GT Bynum for being one powerful leader. He is thoughtful, kind and someone we are lucky to trust during emergencies.
Earlier this week Ruhl Construction had 70 tons of sand delivered to a neighborhood in Bixby. They allowed anyone to come and get sand to create sandbags to protect their homes and businesses. What an amazing way to give back!