Oklahoma Tornado: One Year Later, Coping with the Anniversary

Written by:  Amy Grissom, LMSW, ACF Region 6 Regional Emergency Management Specialist

Today marked one year since the people of Moore, OK were devastated by an EF-5 tornado, the most extreme type.   Along its 14 mile path, this tornado killed 24 people, injured 212, and destroyed approximately 1,150 homes.   Ms. Cathy, a child care provider, saved the life of Aria, a little girl in her care, that day.   Read the story shared by our ACF Child Care program manager. 

Coping with the Anniversary:  Oklahomans are far along the recovery path and have even strengthened their network of state and local partners to better meet children’s needs in disasters.  However, anniversaries of the tornadoes during that outbreak can trigger significant distress symptoms for children, families, and caregivers.  Share this link to the Disaster Distress Hotline for more on the impact of anniversaries and how the hotline can help.  The hotline is always available to anyone, anytime, for any length of time after a disaster.