A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) is in Oklahoma, USA, assessing the need for emergency shelter and other lifesaving supplies following a two-mile wide tornado that left a path of destruction through the city’s suburbs.
SRT members Wayne Robinson (US) and Jeff Deatherage (US) were deployed soon after the disaster and have been able to travel quickly to Moore, the most affected area, to carry out assessments of unmet needs among impacted families and communities.
‘Neighbourhoods have been flattened leaving thousands of people displaced,’ said Wayne Robinson (US). ‘We will be arriving late on Tuesday evening but will begin making our assessments at first light on Wednesday.
‘As seen with Hurricane Sandy, these situations often require non-food items like blankets. We were able to assist families living in New York and New Jersey impacted by the storm by providing these items. It may be the same case in Oklahoma.’
The tornado battered Moore for 45 minutes and since has been upgraded to the most powerful level of twister.
State of emergency
As US President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in the city on Tuesday, emergency workers pulled more than 100 survivors from the ruins of homes, schools and a hospital.
‘The people of Moore should know that their country will remain on the ground there for them, beside them as long as it takes for their home and schools to rebuild.’
‘Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this catastrophe,’ said Emily Sperling, ShelterBox USA president. ‘In the following days, our team will be focusing on the most impacted areas to identify unmet shelter and non-food needs.’
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