NEWS 5/20/2013 -- Yesterday Newcastle and Moore Oklahoma was struck by what is being called an F4 tornado. 30 square miles of land were torn apart and many lives have been lost. Hope Adventist Fellowship of Moore, which was spared by a mile and a half, has members who have experienced damage from minor to catastrophic. The church is now becoming a location for supplies and disaster relief and is up and running. It is located at 1426 NE 12th, Street, Moore, OK. 73160. I-35 remains closed to Moore. An easy way to access the church would be from I-240 and Sunnylane, east of I-35. Head south on Sunnylane, turn right on 119th Street. The Church is about a mile down. Pastor Michael Smith (Pastor of Hope Adventist Fellowship of Moore) is coordinating with Stan Buckmaster (Oklahoma Community Services and Disaster Relief) to accept and deliver the needed supplies. Please Do Not self-deploy to the Moore disaster. A security perimeter has been established around the impacted area and you need appropriate credentials to be allowed in. There is a need for nonperishable foods that can be eaten without preparation with electricity, Gatorade, gloves, drugs and supplies for wound treatment. Please DO NOT SEND CLOTHES.
If you are from out of state and wish to help, there are a couple of things you can do. First of all, please pray for all the individuals who are involved in the search and rescue/recovery process. Any donations can be mailed to the Oklahoma Conference, please specify “Oklahoma Disaster Relief” somewhere on your check or money order. Also, our Oklahoma Conference website has been set up for online giving. You can log into www.oklahomaadventist.org. Click on the “Online Giving” button. The website will walk you through the process. Please make sure you clarify “Oklahoma Disaster Relief” when you make the donation.
As stated above, the officials in the City of Moore are asking that volunteers do not just show up. There are group efforts being made to secure the proper credentials in order to be allowed inside the disaster perimeters. For now they are being overwhelmed with volunteers, the need is for supplies. Water, food, blankets, dust masks, gloves, toothpaste/toothbrushes and other necessary toiletries will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to keep the families in Newcastle and Moore in your prayers as they seek comfort in this devastation.
Jung-Wook (Apple) Park
Oklahoma Youth Director