Last week the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma faced historic and dangerous flash-flooding that has caused crippling flood damage, sinkholes and erosion. Just prior to the storms in mid-May, several staff members of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta visited Tulsa for a conference. They were welcomed by a beautiful, thriving city that now suffers from waterlogged businesses and homes. Our hearts go out to area residents as flooding and rain continue to ravage the area.
If you would like to help the victims of the flooding, the Tulsa Community Foundation and Tulsa Area United Way have established the Disaster Relief Fund for Eastern Oklahoma to provide assistance to nonprofit organizations providing services and support to residents of eastern Oklahoma affected by recent storms, related flooding and tornadoes. Many organizations such as American Red Cross and faith-based institutions are investing in the affected areas now to meet immediate needs. Donations made to this fund will assist with mid- and long-term recovery needs after the immediate need groups have completed their work. Similar funds have been created in the past to address other community needs, typically delaying grantmaking for two to three months, which is when more of the social, physical and emotional needs of disasters become evident.
Red Cross Oklahoma is providing immediate temporary shelters, bottled water, cleaning supplies, case workers and mental health services to those impacted by flooding.