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Assistance for Tornado Victims (updated 5/22/13)
This information is being provided by Paula Ninivaggi, a Program Liaison for the New Hampshire Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC). She sent us an email with the following statement, "My deepest thoughts go out to all those impacted by the tornadoes in Oklahoma. While I cannot be there in person to help, much as I would like to, I can help virtually by providing helpful information and resources, please see below. I will also be forwarding information and resources from other groups who want to help. Please know you are not alone as the country is with you is in this difficult time."
*** Situation Report specific to areas impacted by the tornadoes http://www.humanityroad.org/situation-report (has numbers to call, maps, utilities, shelters, regional links, and more.
“National Disaster Distress Help line. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746).
Tornado App http://apps.usa.gov/tornado-app.shtml
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) app http://apps.usa.gov/fema-mobile.shtml
If you are on Twitter, here are some handles to follow to stay up to date and to find the latest information to share with your community.”
The primary tags to follow (enter in the search box on the Twitter home page) are: #Moore #Oklahoma #okwx #Tornado #shawnee #mooretornado.
Another tag to follow that includes post-tornado information and more: #VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters).
The City of OKC https://twitter.com/cityofokc
City of Shawnee https://twitter.com/CityofShawneeOK
Distress Help line (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) https://twitter.com/distressline
Disaster Animals https://twitter.com/DisasterAnimals
American Red Cross
HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Public Health Emergency
Oklahoma State Government https://www.facebook.com/okgov
City of Moore, Oklahoma Municipal Government https://www.facebook.com/cityofmoore
City of Shawnee, Oklahoma Municipal Government https://www.facebook.com/CityofShawneeOK
Oklahoma VOAD https://www.facebook.com/OklahomaVOAD
http://www.phe.gov/emergency/events/Pages/ok-tornado-2013.aspx (this has info on: coping, safety, shelter, etc.)
Recipes that can be prepared without electricity or gas http://www.getreadyforflu.org/RecipesForDisaster.htm
Disaster Preparedness Tip Sheet for People with Disabilities http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/getakit/disabilities (in Spanish too)
Preparing Food and Power Outages http://extension.umaine.edu/publications/9001e
Post Disaster Tips http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/cleanup/ (in various languages and formats)
“Emergency Response for People Who Have Access and Functional Needs: A Guide For First Responders.” http://terrorism.spcollege.edu/SPAWARAFN/index.html
Technology Tips and Disaster Preparedness http://www.ready.gov/get-tech-ready (in various languages)
• Resources for Survivors and the Public: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/survivors_disaster.asp
• Resources for Providers Responding to Sudden Trauma: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/pages/providers_disaster.asp
American Public Health Association 05/22/13
(APHA) has been around since 1872 providing health information to for a better life. Encouraging everyone to stay healthy, and being prepared for natural disasters. information, please contact (405) 271-2866 or visit: http://www.ah.ouhsc.edu/clinics/johnkeys.asp
Chase Bank Making A Difference for Moore, Oklahoma 0603/13
Chase Bank has committed to making a difference in more ways than one for Moore, Oklahoma. For more information, please visit: http://investor.shareholder.com/jpmorganchase/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=766386 and http://investor.shareholder.com/jpmorganchase/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=768419
Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) 0603/13
Financial Grants are available to assist those needing basic housing needs due to recent disasters in Oklahoma. For more information, please visit: http://www.ohfa.org/pageviewer.aspx?m=subpage_tornado2013.html
Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) 0616/13
The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission has announced that workers, and self-employed individuals in the following counties Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie may apply for lost earnings due to recent storms and tornadoes. For more information, please visit: http://www.ok.gov/oesc_web/
Central Oklahoma Workforce Investment Board Scholarships (COWIB) 05/08/13
Scholarships are now available for Oklahoma high school students interested in the technology design of mobile apps, video games, and build - program robots. Don't miss the opportunity to pursue your career. For more information, please visit: www.mycareermychoice.org (COWIB) has 40 plus volunteer board members; which are from the business community in Central Oklahoma.
HighTech Now Competition Video (05/29/13)
This is a short video showing the incredible students who participate in the program. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq-Q67Wa8AA
Committee Meeting Notices
METRO Transit 05/17/13
FREE Bus Services for designated days will be provided to promote healthy air environment for Oklahoma. For more information, please visit: http://www.gometro.org/
Also, please take a moment and complete this survey regarding Metro Transit changes: http://www.gometro.org/tsa
PayScale – gives you the ability to compare what you’d need to make in another geographical location to keep the same standard of living: www.payscale.com/cost-of-living-calculator
MyPath101 – great resource for high school and college students with learning tools on identity and self awareness, online brand and social media management, and career marketing. www.mypath101.com
New Website on Public Transportation
United We Ride is an organization of people in the public and private sectors to improve public transportation across Oklahoma. They have put together a website to let people know of available resources in their local area. This is a step towards improving public transportation in our state. Go to www.ok.gov/unitedweride for more information.
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
Universal Disability Access Symbols 05/03/13
Most everyone can identify various Universal Disability Access Symbols. Be prepared and know these very important tools for everyday living. To learn more information, please take a moment and review the Universal Disability Access Symbols link below.
Service Animals and Reasonable Accommodations Reaffirmed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 05/03/13
Often times people with disabilities experience denied access. Clearly the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) of 1990 protects people with disabilities. On April 30, 2013 (HUD) reassures its commitment to individuals with service animals reasonable accommodations. To learn more, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2013/HUDNo.13-060A
Accessible, Affordable Apartment Community For Adults With Physical Disabilities To Open Fall, 201307/30/13
Accessible Space, Inc. (ASI), a St. Paul, Minnesota based nonprofit housing provider, is please to announce that Rock Ridge Apartments, a 15 unit one and two bedroom apartment community for very-low income adults with physical disabilities, is now under construction and accepting application for residency. Located at 808 E. Jefferson Avenue, McAlester, OK, Rock Ridge Apartments will include features such as accessible stove-tops and an oven, roll-under counters and sinks in the kitchen and bath, large roll-in showers, 36 inch wide doors with lever-action handles, and raised electrical outlets and lowered light switches to accommodate the needs of adults with disabilities. Applications are now being accepted for Rock Ridge Apartments - Apply Today! For more information or to request a housing application, please contact Elizabeth at 800-466-7722 Ext 201, or via e-mail at email@example.com. Information and housing applications are also available online at www.accessiblespace.org. (ASI) is an equal housing opportunity provider.
United Nations Enable - Development and human rights for all 05/02/13
The (UNE) website offers informative disability news and how the United Nations continues to ensure development and human rights for all. For more information, please visit: http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=17
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Researchers at the Stephenson cancer center in Oklahoma City have discovered the existence and role of a protein which regulates the start and spread of pancreatic cancer. To target this molecule may result in a way to control the cancer. Further research is necessary. At present, pancreatic cancer has a very low five-year survival rate.
Oklahoma County Senior Nutrition Program 05/17/13
Friendship at Penn Avenue Methodist Church cordially invites you to all the fun activities, and good food. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1p.m., Lunch served at 11:30 a.m. .To RSVP or lean more information, please call (405) 524-3799. Transportation services are available. Hope to see you there!
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services 08/15/13
Oklahoma and (OKDHS) has a new citizens advisory boards to provide advice, and recommendations to (OKDHS) Director Ed Lake. The four boards are Administration issues, Children family issues, Disability issues, and Aging issues. To learn more information, please visit: www.okdhs.org
The Oklahoma City Housing Authority (OCHA) 09/05/13
Home Sweet Home! Everyone deserves a place to call home, and the (OCHA) is making that possible. Free Rent is available for family Oklahoma City properties located at various sites. To learn more information, please call (405) 239-7551, or visit: http://www.ochanet.org/
Patient Portals (11/20/13)
Patient portals are electronic ways for a patient to get the same medical information about themselves as their doctor has. They allow a patient secure access to their medical records including medications, lab test results and medical summaries. Patients can communicate with providers through messaging, schedule appointments and request medication refills. Patient portals are an electronic way to talk to your doctor. Check with your doctor on how you can access a “patient portal” of medical information about yourself.
2014 Camp Schedule
Make Promises Happen Christian Camps near Guthrie, Oklahoma has announced their 2014 camping schedule for children and adults with disabilities. Go to www.centralchristiancamp.org. Click “Make Promises Happen” and scroll to the 2014 camp schedule. Indoor facilities permit year round camping opportunities.
Five to twenty percent of Americans get the flu each year. Everyone six months old and older should get their flu shot. Vaccine is offered in doctors’ offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies, college health centers and by many employers. Flu vaccines are free to people with Medicare and Medicaid health insurance.
Remember the open enrollment period for Medicare beneficiaries is between October 15 and December 7. This is the time to make any changes like switching to a Medicare Advantage Plan or changing a prescription drug plan.
Scholarships for Students With Disabilities
It’s time for students to think about their plans for post-secondary education. OK-AHEAD offers scholarship money to Oklahoma students with disabilities. Scholarships can be applied at any Oklahoma Technology Center, or any two-year or four-year college or university. Three $500 scholarships are available annually. Applications must be received from November 1 to March 1 for the next academic year. Contact Brenda Dawes at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or go to http://www.ok-ahead.org/scholar.html.
Department of Veterans Affairs 11/05/12
Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits - 5 Tracks to Employment program assist veterans with service-connected disabilities become suitably employed, maintain employment, or achieve daily living independence. Once entitlement to vocational rehabilitation has been established; the veteran and the VA counselor work together to develop a Rehabilitation Plan. Veterans decide the best way to gain their employment goals by selecting one of the 5 Tracks to Employment. Reemployment, Rapid Access to Employment, Self-Employment, Employment Through Long-Term Services, and Independent Living Services, for more information call 1-(800) 827-1000 or visit www.vetsuccess.gov
The Oklahoma Veterans Council and the Mid-America Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America 09/05/13
Obtaining a college education can make a difference of a life time, and the Oklahoma Veterans Council and the Mid-America Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America made a dream come true for two young ladies. To learn more about their educational achievements, please visit: http://theadanews.com
Employment and Veterans
The local One-Stop Career Centers also known as Workforce Oklahoma connect people with actual available jobs. They serve everyone including veterans. Sometimes the local Workforce center will have a Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist on staff to specially address the needs of that group. The Workforce centers in Altus, Ardmore, Chickasha, Durant, Enid, Lawton, Miami, Muskogee, Norman, Oklahoma City, Okmulgee, Ponca City, Poteau, Pryor and Tulsa have this staff position available to serve veterans. For veterans going to Workforce Oklahoma, they first need to register before they can access an appointment with a veteran’s representative. A good website for veterans looking for jobs is www.vetsuccess.va.gov. The Oklahoma Director for Veterans Employment and Training is Kenneth Allen. Mr. Allen’s phone number is 405-231-5088 in Oklahoma City, and his email is email@example.com. He works for the U.S. Department of Labor.
Veterans and Wounded Warrior Freedom Boat 10/30/13
To learn more about this program go to: www.veteranwoundedwarriorfreedomboat.org. The purpose it so help enlist the public's aid and raise awareness for the needs of your veterans and wounded warriors that served for your freedom. They suffered so we didn't have to.
The holidays are approaching, and some families may not have resources to provide Christmas gifts for everyone. If you live in Oklahoma County and this describes your family, call the Salvation Army at 405-246-1068 or Christmas Connection at 405-634-2006.
Braille Letters From Santa
The National Federation of the Blind is accepting requests for a Braille letter from Santa Claus through December 19, 2013. To request a letter from Santa in Braille, fill out an online request at https://nfb.org/santa-letters. Your son or daughter will receive a reply from the North Pole in print and contracted Braille.
Liheap (October 31, 2013)
Liheap is a program to assist people of low income to pay utility bills. It is administered through the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS). OKDHS will be taking Liheap applications on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. For more information about the program, contact your local OKDHS worker.