MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma – The Muskogee County Disaster Recovery Committee (MCDRC) has been formed to help match the resources of various community organizations and programs with the long-term unmet needs of Muskogee County flood disaster survivors.
The overall purpose of the MCDRC is to organize voluntary donations of money, manpower and materials to help meet the specific needs of Muskogee County residents. The MCDRC is a local “grassroots” group comprised of faith-based organizations, non-profit agencies, the business community and state and local agency personnel.
The MCDRC is also working closely with recovery officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) to coordinate an effective response.
“The (MCDRC)’s purpose is to help disaster survivors in our county who have continuing unmet needs despite the overlapping systems,” said Muskogee County Commissioner Ken Doke, a member of the MCDRC. “Our committee intends to work directly with the individuals with remaining serious needs and help find ways to deliver that help without duplicating what other agencies can or have provided.”
Providing the disaster-related needs of a family once they have received the maximum awards from federal and state disaster assistance programs is the core focus of the MCDRC. The maximum awards as established by law do not always cover the needs of a family that has lost everything.
Through collaboration and coordination, local voluntary agencies – including the faith community – work to help these families through the long-term recovery process, which can often take many months or even years. These partners are not limited by law to any monetary limits. In addition, the MCDRC will work with case managers to assess the remaining disaster-related needs of disaster survivors and enlist the appropriate volunteer organization that can provide ongoing help.
One of the key elements in the committee’s work is knowledge of survivors’ needs. Emergency management personnel and others working with survivors who have remaining unmet needs are urged to refer them to the MCDRC website.
The MCDRC’s focus will also include:
- Strengthening area-wide disaster coordination by sharing information (WEBSITE)
- Simplifying client access and jointly resolving cases with unmet needs
- Helping affected families develop a plan and receive adequate assistance for the recovery
Organizations working as part of the MCDRC include:
- Advantage Controls
- Catholic Charities of Eastern Oklahoma/Catholic Charities of Muskogee
- Cherokee Nation Business Services
- Cherokee Nation EMS
- City of Muskogee
- City of Webbers Falls
- Direct Traffic Control
- Feed The Children
- First Baptist Church of Fort Gibson
- Fort Gibson Chamber of Commerce
- Fort Gibson Church of Christ
- Fort Gibson Emergency Resource Center
- Fort Gibson United Methodist Church
- Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce
- Green Country Behavioral Health
- Lake Area United Way
- Muskogee County
- Muskogee County Department of Human Services
- Muskogee County Head Start
- Muskogee Fence
- Muskogee Tourism
- Neighbors Building Neighborhoods
- Port of Muskogee & Industrial Development
- United Methodist Disaster Relief
- Warner First Baptist Church
About the Muskogee County Disaster Recovery Committee: The Muskogee County Disaster Recovery Committee is comprised of local governmental agencies, non-profit organizations and the businesses community working collaboratively and transparently to provide a one-stop resource for Muskogee County residents and businesses that have been impacted by recent flooding. MCDRC has formed a Board of Directors and seven working committees that will help drive action and maintain a comprehensive list of resources available to assist with unmet needs, helping to simplify the process for flood victims to get the right information at the right time as our community works toward a long-term recovery. To learn more, please visit https://www.muskogeecountydisasterrecovery.org.