...meeting immediate and long-term needs of those effected by disaster


About the Disaster Services Program  In times of disaster, Catholic Charities is prepared and ready to help. The bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in 1995 brought disaster services to Oklahoma City on a devastating scale. The staff and volunteers of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City joined in the efforts to heal the community through coordination of resources.

Since that time, Catholic Charities continues to provide services to people impacted by Oklahoma's weather. Weather in Oklahoma can be violent bringing floodwaters, tornadoes, straight line winds, wildfires and earthquakes. The impact of these disasters are highly visible directly following the event while relief efforts are underway. However, the recovery phase is not high profile, lengthy and for some families unsuccessful without the proper support and resources.

Catholic Charities provides long-term comprehensive case management services to assist families in developing a recovery plan to rebuild their homes and their future. As an active participant in Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), Catholic Charities follows the VOAD model. Case managers bring a vetted summary of each family's disaster related unmet needs before a Long Term Recovery Committee, which is made up of organizations representing manpower, materials and money. Volunteers brainstorm the most efficient way to meet the needs of each family by maximizing manpower, donated materials and cash resources. This process ensures that donations to Catholic Charities Disaster Services are used in cooperation with funds donated to other agencies, such as The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Methodist Church, Convoy of Hope, etc., and are awarded efficiently for the benefit of as many families as possible.

Relief Services  While Catholic Charities Disaster Services is best suited to address long-term needs in the community, alongside community partners, Catholic Charities provides relief services directly after a disaster including:

  • Emergency assistance funds for food, shelter, clothing and other necessities
  • Counseling, outreach and referral services
  • Vouchers for financial assistance to families affected by the disaster
  • Volunteer assistance
  • Advocacy for survivors and their family

These services are provided regardless of religion, race, creed or socio-economic status. 

Resources  Below are some resources you might find helpful in dealing with a disaster.


Children and Disasters

What to do After a Disaster

Cleaning Up and Returning Home After a Disaster


Gwen Johnson, Director
Phone: 405.523.3000
Toll Free: 1.800.375.8514
Fax: 405.523.3030


Emergency Hotline Number: 211 

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