The outpouring of goodwill to Oklahoma in the wake of the May tornadoes has been incredible.
When the tornadoes struck Moore, Oklahoma on May 20, 2013, we launched and donated the site Moore.Recovers.org to the local community to help them organize their recovery effort. Since its launch, the site has has been used by about 15 different local Oklahoma organizations, including Americorps, several local churches, and the Moore City Hall. It has proven invaluable to have all of these organizations and the local residents working together within the same system to meet the needs of the community.
With all of these organizations working through the same site (Moore.Recovers.org), they have been able to capture all of the goodwill (in the form of donations and volunteers) that has been pouring into the area and turn it into action. Furthermore, by collecting the needs of the community in one centralized location, the local organizations have been able to efficiently distribute the workload among themselves so no one organization is responsible for meeting all of the needs. In fact, we have seen several organizations step up to claim responsibility for specific types of needs that they are adept at fulfilling (such as debris removal, clothing, large donations, etc.). Therefore, organizations can focus on meeting a specific needs, without having to worry about covering every facet of the recovery. This has made for a much more efficient and effective recovery effort.
By capturing and databasing all of the initial interest in donating and volunteering, these resources can now be used in the long term recovery (LTR) effort that will last for the next several months or even years. So far, the site has databased:
- 451 needs
- 1049 item donors
- 5920 volunteers
In this recovery effort, we teamed up with AT&T to launch a “text in your need” platform to the Moore.Recovers.org site. This proved very helpful as 26% of all needs reported have come via the AT&T text/phone number system.
Similar to what we have see in all other recovery efforts, clothing has been the most donated item, making up 29% of all donations.
And similar to the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort, the most volunteered skill has been debris removal.
As the long term recovery (LTR) effort begins, the Moore.Recovers.org site will be there to help meet the needs of the community. I would like to thank all of the wonderful volunteers, item donors, and community leaders that have stepped up to help those affected by the Oklahoma tornadoes and organize the recovery effort. Without you, none of this would be possible.
Chris Kuryak, Chief Operating Officer, Recovers