Several agencies are helping those affected by the May 4 floods and tornadoes

MUSKOGEE, Okla — Agencies like the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and Catholic charities came together Saturday afternoon to help those affected by recent flooding in Muskogee.

The purpose of this one-stop event is to share the resources and assistance available for those affected by the recent floods.

Kim O’Brien, disaster program specialist for the American Red Cross, told 2 News, “Each agency brings a particular service to the brand. They bring gift cards. they can contribute resources and community resources. They bring referrals to other agencies or they can bring labor to work.”

The American Red Cross said volunteers were out to assess the damage caused by the severe storms that took place on May 4.

Flooding and tornadoes extended southwest from Seminole to the Arkansas border south of US 412.

They see a need to repair floors, walls, furniture, restock clothing and basic household items.

One common thing that most people don’t realize they can get help for is medical needs.

Janet Cordell, disaster health services manager at the American Red Cross, said: “Are you asking people if you lost any medicine? Well no, I haven’t really lost any medication. I don’t take prescription drugs. Well, what about your ibuprofen and your Tylenol? Oh yeah”.

Cordell said they can even reimburse you if you’ve already repurchased medication.

They can even help you with dentures, first aid kits and glasses.

Cordell said people feel a sense of relief when they realize the Red Cross can help them meet those needs.

The American Red Cross said eleven homes were destroyed, seventy-one have major damage, one hundred and eighty-one have minor damage and three hundred and eighty-two have what the organization calls affected damage. ; for example, missing shingles or siding.

So far, nearly sixty families have received assistance.

O’Brien said: “There are a lot of people who have been overwhelmed with having to start over and having to go through the work of having to work with insurance companies, and I’ve seen stories of joy and of hope and a positive attitude”.

If you have been affected by recent flooding or tornadoes and need help, there will be another multi-agency resource center on Monday, May 16.

The event will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Reynolds Wellness Center in Seminole.

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