Oklahoma has experienced great devastation in the wake of the massive tornadoes that hit Moore and Shawnee earlier this week. Thousands of people lost their properties and were injured and some even lost their loved ones. The tornadoes that plagued the state have brought tremendous grief and suffering to those who were directly affected.
With hundreds of people losing their homes and everything they own, every bit of help is significant. That’s why, a number of organization, universities, and the state governments are offering relief to tornado victims.
The Oklahoma House approved the use of the state’s constitutional reserve fund to help with the recovery process. The Senate and the House unanimously voted to use $45 million of the state’s Rainy Day Fund for tornado relief.
The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management also announced the reopening of several emergency centers to accommodate those who are in need of help.
Oklahoma universities are also taking part in relief operations through fundraising. Three universities are working together to gather more funds to help the relief operations of the United Way. The University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Tulsa will be selling disaster relief t-shirts, with proceeds being donated to the United Way.
Big stars from Oklahoma will also be showing their support through fundraising concerts. Blake Shelton and Toby Keith, both natives of Oklahoma, are planning to hold a benefit concert for the tornado victims. Both stars will do a separate concert, but dates have not yet been determined.