ICNA Relief request community support to help survivors of tornado in Oklahoma
A powerful tornado blasted an area outside of Oklahoma City, leveling homes and killing at least 51 people. At least seven of the dead are children from Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City. According to initial reports, relief workers have difficulty in reaching to the survivors.
ICNA Relief has activated its disaster relief team for immediate deployment in the area. There are 7 Masajid and Islamic center in the greater Oklahoma area and Muslim population is estimated more than 15,000.
ICNA Relief has responded to 18 disasters within last two years and was declared the New Yorker of the Week by channel NY1 for outstanding services in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey.
Depending on the needs in the affected area and of availability of resources, plans are underway to provide the following services:
- Information and referrals to services needed to recover
- Debris removal (removing water soaked furniture and damaged household contents)
- Chain saw crews (to remove downed trees from damaged homes)
- Muck out teams (pull out wet carpet, Sheetrock and insulation; remove 4-8 feet of sheet rock)
- Tarping (High winds remove shingles and water/rain would severely increase the damage of houses. Installing large blue plastic sheets on roofs, “tarping”, prevents this.)
- Emotional, spiritual, and physical care (supports the mental, spiritual and physical conditions worsened by stressful circumstances)
- Case Management (working with disaster impacted families and individuals to assist, support, and guide them through established federal/state/local governmental programs and faith-based disaster assistance programs)
Press Contact: Umber Siddiqi
Assistant Director for Public Affairs
ICNA Relief USA
Office: (718) 658-7028 Extension: 126
Disaster Support Hotline (888) 616-6865