Oklahoma reels from more tornadoes; World Vision responding

World Vision is moving quickly to expand its tornado response beyond the earlier target of 25,000 people in Moore, Shawnee, and Noble, Oklahoma, and Granbury, Texas.

By Kathryn Reid, World Vision U.S.
Published June 1, 2013 at 12:00am PDT

Less than two weeks after a deadly EF5 tornado flattened Moore, Oklahoma, more tornadoes — coupled with severe rain and flooding — struck central Oklahoma on May 31.

The massive thunderstorm system hit Interstate 40 during the late afternoon rush hour, downing power lines and overturning vehicles. Nine people are believed to be dead.

World Vision expanding Oklahoma tornado response

Speaking from Dallas, Texas, where World Vision’s domestic disaster response team is headquartered, director Phyllis Freeman says the organization will move quickly to expand its tornado response beyond the earlier target of 25,000 people in Moore, Shawnee, and Noble, Oklahoma, and Granbury, Texas.

“We’re heading into the affected area with tarps, buckets of clean-up supplies, water, and personal hygiene kits. And we’ll shuttle more supplies from the two response centers we have set up in Moore,” she says.

On May 31, Freeman had announced that World Vision’s tornado response was moving into the recovery and rebuilding phases, with building supplies scheduled for delivery.

Learn more

Read about our tornado response in Moore, Oklahoma.

Check out a list of frequently asked questions about how World Vision responds to disasters in the United States.

How you can help

Please pray for Oklahoma children, families, and communities affected by the multiple rounds of recent tornadoes, especially those who have lost loved ones or whose homes have been destroyed.

Make a one-time donation to our U.S. Disaster Response Fund. Your gift will help position us to respond quickly and effectively to disasters that occur right here in the United States, like the recent tornadoes in North Texas and Oklahoma.

Or, make a $10 donation via your mobile phone. Text “Tornado” to 777444. (Messaging and data rates may apply.)