We began assisting victims immediately following the tornadoes. We served our clients as Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response (LSSDR). While our name has changed to Upbring Disaster Response, we remain diligent to our mission to serve those impacted by disasters in the Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana areas.
Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response (LSSDR) responded to the needs of those affected by the tornadoes that occurred in Oklahoma May 19-20, 2013.
In communication with Lutheran partners at the national, regional, and local level, LSSDR developed a long-term response plan. This plan coordinated volunteer efforts for the rebuilding effort after the tornadoes that occurred in Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie counties.
LSSDR provided training and coordination for construction and volunteer management teams on the ground. We oversaw nearly 300 volunteers working on more than 50 projects and donating almost 10,000 volunteer hours. Projects completed ranged in size from small to the finish out of an entire home. In addition to work done by volunteers, we coordinated more than 30 projects completed by contractors.
In addition to cleanup, repair and rebuild projects, we also provided case management support as part of the Storm Shelter Pilot Program (read more about this program). Now, as Upbring Disaster Response, we will continue to provide financial resources and national support to each of these programs and ongoing Oklahoma operations.