We’ve fielded some questions today about how people can and should donate to help yesterday’s tornado victims in Moore, Okla. and the Oklahoma City area.
It’s a two-part answer, and it depends on your intent as a donor.
If you are interested in donating to the relief effort, for immediate needs and expenses, your best bet is to donate to a reputable agency with expertise in these areas, like Convoy of Hope or the American Red Cross.
However, for intermediate and long-term recovery needs, consider the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s Tornado Recovery and Community Emergency Fund. The fund was opened by the OCCF in 1999 following another tornado, and is designed to help with longer-term needs that will include rebuilding homes and schools, city infrastructure repairs and other problems that will remain long after immediate-relief agencies have left town.
As CFO and the Ozarks learned with the 2012 Branson, 2011 Joplin, and 2003 Stockton tornadoes (as well as with other disasters), long-term funds are necessary to help a city rebuild and recover, a process that will take years.
If you do wish to give to the initial relief effort, please do not collect items like clothes, cleaning supplies or even food and water; the agencies on the ground in Moore, like the ones listed above, will best know what is needed and how to obtain and manage it in the days and weeks to come.