Oklahoma tornado response
Hospitality and local volunteers
PDA deployed National Response Team (NRT) members into Oklahoma shortly after the May 2013 tornadoes struck the state. Part of their assignment was to begin the process of finding churches and other sites that are interested in hosting volunteer work teams.
Once this list is completed, another group of NRT members will go in and train, assess and assist sites that wish to become a PDA Volunteer Village. This process, as usual, will probably take a couple of months. One of the things that takes time is finding meaningful, case-managed work for our volunteers. As you know, PDA is a long-term recovery responder, and it takes time to set up Long-Term Recovery Groups and for the groups to hire case managers, etc.
You can contact PDA’s National Call Center at (866) 732-6121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest in leading a work team to that area. Your contact information will be taken, and you will receive an email when Volunteer Villages begin opening and case-managed volunteer work team opportunities become available.
In the interim, if you live close enough to make a day trip or if you have a place to stay without becoming a burden on the community’s already depleted resources, the following agencies have communicated that they can use volunteers to help with immediate needs such as cleanup, etc. None of the agencies are directly affiliated with PDA, and each group has its own unique way of finding and assigning jobs.
You can contact Samaritan's Purse at (405) 432-6737 or Urban Mission at (405) 946-1556 to learn about the immediate needs in Moore. Or visit the links provided to learn more.