U.S.: Oklahoma Tornadoes



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A series of tornadoes tore through central Oklahoma in May, destroying communities and killing 24 people, including nine children. Today, children are still grappling with the enormous fears, loss and upheaval they have experienced.

Save the Children remains on the ground, helping children recover and working with communities to restore critical services to support them. Please give generously to our Oklahoma Tornadoes Children in Emergency Fund.

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Save the Children Remains on the Ground in Oklahoma, Stands Ready to Address New Tornado Emergency

The Impact on Children

Children are always the most vulnerable in an emergency, and they have experienced a loss far outside their comprehension. Two elementary schools were completely destroyed, and more than 12,000 homes and business were damaged or destroyed. Many families are now homeless, and children face a future that is cut off from all that they know and have grown up with.

Save the Children's Response

Our U.S. emergency team was on the ground within 20 hours after the tornado struck, assessing and addressing the needs of children; our programs have already assisted 534 children with relief and recovery services.

  • In the immediate aftermath, we opened four Child-Friendly Spaces to provide safe places where children can play, gain respite from the stress and receive emotional support from trained adults.
  • We've identified 17 child care programs that are in need of recovery assistance. We are initially working with seven centers to help them reopen.
  • The school year was abruptly ended by the tornadoes. For children after a disaster, it is essential that they are in stable, safe programs to help them regain a sense of normalcy and start the recovery process. Our team is prioritizing support for summer camps to help expand programs to make camp available for children displaced and affected by the tornadoes.
  • We are partnering with more than 30 local organizations to help ensure that children's needs are prioritized and addressed.

Our disaster recovery programs have served more than 500,000 children in the U.S. in every major emergency since Hurricane Katrina, including the tornado outbreaks in 2011 that devastated areas of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Joplin, Missouri. Save the Children has also led and supported child-focused community resilience building programs in Oklahoma over the last five years. We seek not only to support the immediate needs of children, but to partner with communities to strengthen their ability to protect children and recover more strongly when disasters and emergencies strike.

Corporate and Foundation Partner Recognition

Save the Children is grateful to our generous partners from the corporate community for their assistance with aid to children and families affected by the Oklahoma emergency.


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Last updated May 2013