The Phones Began to Ring: Help for Oklahoma Tornado Survivors

Members of the Oklahoma Association for Justice are working together on a campaign entitled, “Oklahoma Lawyers Care” to help victims of the devastating tornadoes that tore apart communities across central Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Lawyers Care was formed within an hour of the deadly May 20th tornado that left thousands of Central Oklahoma residents without homes and more than two billion dollars in damages in its wake. The OAJ Special Projects Committee decided to raise funds for the Red Cross, as they felt the Red Cross knew best how to assess the immediate and future needs of the victims, and how to effectively allocate resources.

Attorneys in Oklahoma and across the nation donated to the cause. Directors of other State Trial Lawyer organizations also sent funds. At this point, the Oklahoma Association for Justice has raised more than $60,000 for the Red Cross to use for Oklahoma tornado disaster relief.

The group didn’t stop there. The members wanted to do more. They knew families would need more than money, so the Special Projects Committee decided to open a virtual legal help center for the victims of the tornadoes.

In the days following the tornadoes, a website and 24-hour phone line was set up so that storm victims could call in for free, no-strings-attached legal advice. Within hours, the phones began to ring.

This line gives people access to real Oklahoma attorneys who can answer all types of legal questions. Questions may include things as simple as how to replace important documents such as birth certificates and social security cards. Thousands of people might need questions answered about processing insurance claims, questions about family medical leave (FMLA), federal disaster aid, tax relief, etc. Oklahoma Lawyers Care can help these victims find answers to these questions and more.

“The Oklahoma Association for Justice is made up of lawyers who live in communities and actively participate in those communities. The need to help those less fortunate following tragedies such as these is obvious, and our members have, once again, enthusiastically joined together to do their part,” said Past President, Bradley Gungoll.

More information is available at www.oklahomalawyerscare.org

OAJ recently received an award from the Oklahoma State Department of Human Services in honor of their volunteer efforts and community outreach projects. Just last August, the group raised approximately $60,000.00 to provide air conditioners to families across Oklahoma. OAJ is also involved in Lawyers Against Hunger, a group who has made national headlines with their community-based hunger relief efforts.

 

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm in Community Outreach, Disaster Relief, General by kloiacono - RSS 2.0

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