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Community members:

On Monday night, an EF-5 tornado tore through communities near Oklahoma City, causing massive devastation in the cities of Newcastle and Moore, Oklahoma. First responders have been working since the tornado made landfall to rescue survivors from the massive destruction within the impacted area. The tireless dedication and work of these crews is truly remarkable and has saved lives.

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Individuals and families impacted by the storms and tornadoes can apply for assistance in one of three ways:

Get tips about talking to children affected by disasters:

Have a story to share about your tornado experience or want to learn from others?Weigh in here.



As President Obama said in a briefing after the devastation occurred on Monday “we’re a nation that stands with our fellow citizens as long as it takes. We’ve seen that spirit in Joplin, in Tuscaloosa; we saw that spirit in Boston and Breezy Point. And that’s what the people of Oklahoma are going to need from us right now.”

Here’s how you can help:

Do not self-deploy to disaster areas. For trusted organizations to donate money or learn about ways to serve visit:



Please join FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino, and officials from United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), for a FEMA Think Tank conference call on May 28, 2013 from New York City. The call will provide the opportunity to listen to the stories of disaster survivors and international emergency personnel to gain perspective from their experiences and resilience. 

WHAT: FEMA Think Tank Conference Call


WHO: Richard Serino, FEMA Deputy Administrator and Akhil Iyer, UNICEF Deputy Director of Office of Emergency Programmes

WHEN: Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 1:00PM – 2:30 PM (Eastern)

WHERE: New York City


CALL IN: 888-740-6143


PASSCODE: 1202139


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Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 20th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural Missouri, just a few miles from the Big Muddy. Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises. Since 1997, he has provided guidance, authentic government survival history, and commentary on why we all need to get ready for that fateful day in the future, when we have to get our hands dirty and step in to save the day. He is an award winning videographer (2005 Telly Award), has received state and national scholarly recognition (2006 New Century Scholar and All USA Academic Team), and is a natural with computers, technology, gadgets, small furry mammals, and anything on wheels. Rich likes making friends, solving problems, and creating solutions to everyday issues. He doesn't mind mixing things up, when there is a teaching moment ready to happen. As a constitutional conservative, he's staying quite busy these days. The SurvivalRing Radio Show at will be coming back SOON!

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