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Training and counseling professionals at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education have developed a list of resources that include how to recognize people in distress as they cope with a disaster as well as safety, construction and training fact sheets and links that identify certain hazards and skills associated with cleanup efforts.

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Resources: After the Storm

Keeping people safe during cleanup and recovery efforts is a primary concern in addition to knowing how to recognize the signs of a person in distress and the toll of stress in the people who were directly affected by the storm.

Contents of this page include:

Phase I -

Identifying CareerTech resources that could be quickly deployed to assist with immediate needs. Included are safety training brochures, on-site volunteer safety clinics and creating an official website to provide brief training material on various recovery topics such as counseling children, hiring a contractor, safety and basic repair "how-tos".

Phase II -

Putting boots on the ground in impacted areas. Deploying CareerTech System employees to work in affected areas. This effort is designed to embed volunteers to act as safety ambassadors as they work with other volunteers and homeowners in the recovery process. A continuation of safety clinics and supplying those clinics with consumable personal protective equipment and literature support the training effort.

Phase III -

Specific skills training to assist homeowners with training on basic home repair tasks for the longer term recovery effort. This training need will be assessed as recovery continues and resources allocated as required to support there efforts.

Counseling for Students


Tips and information on what to look for in children and youth who were affected by the disaster as well as what steps to take that will help them through this difficult time.

Helping Kids Cope with Grief

VIDEO - Helping Children Recover After a Tornado - Resources for Teachers and Families

Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education: Career and Academic Connections
Kelly Arrington, coordinator and Tommi Leach, academic advisement specialist

How to Deal With Grief

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do

National Institute of Mental Health

Family Health Services, Oklahoma State Department of Health
After a Disaster, Helping Children and Families Cope PDF

SAMHSA -Tips for Talking with and Helping Children and Youth Cope after a Disaster PDF

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Immediate Information

After a Disaster

AgriLIFE Extension, Texas A&M System

Oklahoma State University. Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources


The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services has established an emergency response center within the tornado disaster zone in Moore.

This center will be located in the Cleveland County Health Department at 424 S. Eastern Avenue in Moore, and will provide walk-in services in addition to coordinating mobile crisis response teams to be deployed throughout the impacted area. (Map directions)

The department is also coordinating volunteer efforts and providing mandatory training for behavioral health professionals wishing to assist with services for those in need.

For general information inquiries on volunteer deployment related to mental health services, contact the department at 405-522-3908

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Hiring a Contractor

Tips to avoid getting ripped off!

Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education

Hiring a Contractor PowerPoint

Hiring a Contractor PDF

More info on Hiring a Contractor

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Safety Training

All workers and members of the public who are engaged in cleanup and recovery activities are urged to be aware of the hazards they might encounter and the necessary steps to take to protect themselves.


Operating a Chain Saw Safely

Louisiana State University, Agricultural Center

OSHA Chain Saw Safety #1 PDF

Chain Saw Safety #2 PDF

Falling Off Ladders Can Kill: Use Them Safely

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSHA Portable Ladder Quick Guide PDF

Preventing Injuries from Installing Drywall

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Cleanup PPE Matrix


Electrical Safety

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Electrical Safety PDF

Portable Generators

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Construction Training Handouts

Oklahoma technology centers provide skills training in many areas. Sometimes training needs to take place on site. The following tools and handouts are for use as needed.

Skills To Rebuild Handbook

Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education
Safety & Security Tips for Recovery 30 page pdf

Each page from the Skills To Rebuild Handbook can also be used as an individual handout.

OSHA –Fact Sheets and Fliers

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Moving Forward

Returning to Business

Government Contracting Assistance for Oklahoma

Picking Up the Pieces After a Disaster

American Red Cross

Disaster Recovery: Guide for Homeowners

Mississippi State University Extension Service

Storm Recovery Guide

LSU Ag Center, Research & Extension

Disaster Resource Guide for Individuals and Businesses

Internal Revenue Service

FREE to Oklahoma Technology Centers

Construction Training Resources

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Last Update 6/3/2013


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