If you were ever assigned to Tinker AFB, you probably heard about the tornado in nearby Moore, Okla. and guessed that there were military families who lost their homes. You would be right about that.
According to KXAN, 340 members of the Tinker community have been displaced. At least 140 homes belonging to military families were totally destroyed in the massive tornado on Monday.
An Emergency Family Assistance Center is being manned on the Tinker installation 24/7. Military folks are already lining up to help at the food bank and clothing drop off centers.
Even airmen and family members who were affected by the storm themselves have stepped up to help people who were more severely afflicted.
That doesn’t surprise me a bit. We are a people who walk toward disaster — because we know we can help.
If you want to help military tornado victims in Oklahoma, a monetary donation can be sent directly to the Tinker Family Readiness Fund, 6001 Arnold Ave. Tinker AFB, OK, 73145.
Our friends at Operation Homefront are also on the scene. You can make an online donation to help military families in Oklahoma affected by the storm. Be sure to put Oklahoma Relief or Help Oklahoma in the comments section.
Another way you can help is to purchase much-needed items to be sent directly to our Oklahoma/Arkansas Field Office to give to families. Through Amazon, Operation Homefront is requesting bottled water, first aid kits, plastic containers, energy drinks and batteries.
I also urge you to reach out to those people you know at Tinker AFB through their email or Facebook page. When our family was displaced by Hurricane Katrina, it meant the world to us that so many of our family members and friends and workmates and even long lost acquaintances held us in their thoughts and prayers.
At the beginning of an emergency, people need practical help. As the adrenaline wears off and life goes on, people need emotional sustenance. They need fortitude. They need reassurance. Everything you do matters after a natural disaster.
Even the little things.