The Edmond Sun

June 6, 2013

OC joins Red Cross efforts in helping communities’ needs

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Families displaced by the May 19-20 storms have been living on the Oklahoma Christian University campus waiting for permanent lodging to be made available.

According to Neil Arter, dean of students, OC has hosted as many as 50 family members displaced from those storms. As of Monday, OC is hosting 34 family members from about six families while they work to secure more long-term housing.

“Just last night OC took in a family with a special needs child that had been without a home since May 20,” said Josh Watson, OC spokesman. “In addition, OC’s Honors House, which has 82 beds, has stayed at capacity for a week and a half now as OC has hosted a number of volunteers helping with clean-up and recovery. Volunteer groups include the Austin Disaster Relief from Austin, Texas, and the Disaster Response Communications team out of Minnesota.

The groups were assisting victims of the tornado with paperwork at Westmoore High School on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Oklahoma Christian campus is busy this week with 200 additional students on campus attending a Love OKC Service Camp. Watson added while the camp was scheduled before the storms, it has become a storm-focused service week.

This weekend officials expect 75-100 students to join faculty and staff for OC’s Love Your Neighbor storm recovery efforts June 7-11.

“That outreach was organized by OC’s Office of Student Life,” Watson said. “Unfortunately, OC does not have much more room because of the number of summer camps filled throughout the rest of the summer.”

American Red Cross opens new shelters

The Red Cross responded within hours to Friday night’s severe weather outbreak, serving the needs of the people. New shelters were opened in El Reno and Yukon in response to tornadoes and in Henryetta for residents evacuated as a result of widespread flooding.

Shelters are open at:

• Redlands Community College, 1300 S. Country Club Road, El Reno;

• St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 2727 S.W. 119th St. Moore;

• Moore Community Center, 301 S. Howard Ave., Moore and

• Midwest City Parks & Recreation Dept., 200 N. Midwest Blvd., Midwest City.