Texas and Oklahoma tornadoes

A series of spring tornadoes in Texas and Oklahoma has left many communities devastated. Habitat for Humanity mobilized volunteers for cleanup efforts and has begun responding with home repairs and new construction in many affected areas.

Volunteer opportunities:

Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity has pledged to build 400 homes for tornado survivors and is currently seeking volunteers to help. Individuals and volunteer groups can contact volunteer coordinator Rick Lorg at rick.lorg@cohfh.org to sign up.

You can also sign up to receive updates on response and recovery volunteer opportunities related to the tornadoes and other disasters across the nation through our Disaster Volunteers newsletter.

Kay and Gary Jones comfort each other as they say goodbye to their home of 28 years. Photo by Ezra Millstein/Habitat for Humanity International
 

Oklahoma Tornado

Current Habitat for Humanity homeowners came through unscathed from the tornado system that devastated parts of the Oklahoma City area May 20, 2013. Habitat affiliates are working hard to connect families who need to rebuild or repair their homes in collaboration with local long term recovery agencies.

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An F-4 tornado on the evening of May 15, 2013, damaged 57 out of 60 Habitat homes in the Granbury, Texas area.
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Granbury, Texas, Tornado

Several tornadoes ripped through Texas during the night on May 15, 2013, including one that struck a community in the Granbury area, where up to 120 homes were damaged or destroyed in a neighborhood that included 60 Habitat for Humanity houses. Fifty-seven of the 60 homes were either damaged or destroyed.

Habitat for Humanity is on the scene to lend a hand.

“Habitat for Humanity’s Disaster Response team has mobilized resources and will work alongside the first responders, volunteers and Habitat affiliates in the area. Our goal is to help families return home as soon as possible and to help the community recover,” said Kip Scheidler, senior director of Global Disaster Response at Habitat for Humanity.

The Habitat is underway rebuilding houses that were damaged or destroyed by the May tornadoes, as well as looking to serve non-Habitat homeowners who lost their houses and are struggling to rebuild.

Habitat’s ability to respond effectively to this disaster will require support from donors, volunteers, corporate partners and other community organizations.

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