IDABEL, Okla. (KTAL/KSHV) — Homes, businesses and schools in southeast Oklahoma and east Texas were devastated in Friday’s storms, but you can help. Here are some of the organizations helping storm victims.
The American Red Cross estimates that 185 structures in Idabel have been damaged and dozens of residents are now homeless. A man was found dead in his house north of Idabel. Home and business damage must be reported online to the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management.
Bypass Church of Christ provides shelter for those in Idabel who lost their homes during the storm. They offer a safe place to rest, snacks and water, cleaning supplies, mobile phone charging and information on recovery services from the Red Cross and partner agencies.
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief offers chainsaw work, meal preparation, and debris cleanup assistance in Idabel. McCurtain County Emergency Management is asking residents to push debris to the sidewalk instead of carrying it. They hope to have a DEQ landfill site approved as early as Monday, according to the McCurtain County Sheriff’s Office.
The Idabel Baptist Church on S. Central will send a team to cover the roofs of registrants free of charge. Hilltop Hardware and Lumber is also supplying 1/2″ plywood to affected areas in Idabel.
The Texas Division of Emergency Management conducts iSTAT damage surveys in English and Spanish.
NWS survey teams found at least 10 destroyed single-family and manufactured homes in Clarksville. The Double R Cowboy Church of Clarksville provides food, drink and facilities to those in need.
The damage survey team was unable to reach areas in Titus County on Saturday where they needed to confirm the path of damage through the site, but damage was seen on the other side to the west of Daingerfield in Cass County. One person in the area died when the storm destroyed a manufactured home.
People living in Bowie, Gregg, Red River and Titus counties are eligible to apply for financial and direct services through FEMA. Residents of Bowie, Camp, Cass, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Rains, Red River and Titus counties can contact the Red Cross regional office in Texarkana at (903) 793-5602.
In Hughes Springs, the volunteer fire department was completely destroyed. KETK reports that the building has lost its roof and you can completely see through the structure. Fire Chief Jay Cates says it’s a total loss. The 1st Assembly of God on CR 2980 organizes tornado relief efforts in the area.
Paris was also particularly affected. The Lamar Point Baptist Church is accepting donations for tornado victims in the area. The donations will be used for Lamar Point and Caviness residents who lost their homes and those whose phones were damaged in the storm.
Some of the GoFundMes for those whose homes have been destroyed are below. These are verified by GoFundMe but are not independently verified by KTAL/KMSS. Donations to private fundraisers are at your own risk.
GoFundMe has launched a centralized hub for all of the fundraisers they verify related to these tornadoes and storms.
If you know of a local organization helping storm victims, you can submit it here.