JAMAICA, New York (May 20, 2013) – A powerful tornado blasted an area outside of Oklahoma City, leveling homes and killing at least 51 people. At least seven of the dead are children from Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City. According to initial reports, relief workers have difficulty in reaching to the survivors.
ICNA Relief has activated its disaster response team which is set for immediate deployment in the area.
The President of ICNA, Naeem Baig said, “We are saddened at the loss of so many lives including many children caused by this tornado. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who have lost their loved ones in Oklahoma today.”
He also appealed to the American Muslim community to donate to ICNA Relief, whose Disaster Relief Team is already on its way to Oklahoma.
Depending on the needs in the affected area and of availability of resources, plans are underway to provide the following services:
- Information and referrals to services needed to recover
- Debris removal
- Chain saw crews
- Muck out teams
- Tarping roofs
- Emotional, spiritual, and physical care
- Case Management
ICNA Relief has responded to 18 disasters within last two years and was declared New Yorker of the Week by NY1 for outstanding services in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey. Click here to donate generously and help fellow citizens at a time of need. Click here to volunteer and get involved.
Press Contact: Umber Siddiqi
Assistant Director for Public Affairs, ICNA Relief USA
Office: (718) 658-7028 Extension: 126
Disaster Support Hotline (888) 616-6865