by Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever
Air Force Public Affairs Agency
Airmen from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., and about 250 members from the Oklahoma National Guard continue to work with local and federal agencies providing search, rescue and recovery efforts after a tornado devastated the area May 20. First responders from Tinker AFB were immediately dispatched to Moore, Okla., and one base surgeon was sent to Oklahoma University Medical Center to treat the injured. The 507th Air Refueling Wing Crisis Action Team also worked diligently to provide emergency response teams lights, vehicles, water trucks and volunteer Airmen to assist with crowd control and recovery efforts.
Col. Steven Bleymaier, 72nd Air Base Wing commander, said the base activated its Emergency Family Assistance Center May 20 to ensure Airmen and their families received food, clothing and emergency financial assistance to help them recover from this tragedy. Bleymaier also requested the community’s help to provide temporary shelter to those displaced by the storm.
Air Force Personnel Center officials activated the Air Force Personnel Accountability and Assessment System to ensure Airmen and their families in the Moore and Oklahoma City, Okla., were accounted for and provided assistance. Airmen can access the AFPAAS website from the Air Force Portal and the AFPC website.
We’ve compiled a list of links and resources for military members and their families seeking assistance and support from Tinker AFB agencies and other organizations. Airmen and family members can call the Tinker Emergency Family Assistance Center for more information at 405-749-2747. Civilians can call the American Red Cross-Central Oklahoma at 405-228-9500. More information about the disaster relief efforts can also be found at the Tinker AFB public website.
- Tinker Emergency Family Assistance Center, 405-749-2747
- Tinker Airman & Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 6001, 405-739-2747
- Military OneSource, 800-342-9647, www.militaryonesource.com
- Employee Assistance Program, 800-222-0364 (24 hours)
- American Red Cross-Central Oklahoma, 405-228-9500, www.okc.redcross.org
- Federal Emergency Management Agency, 800-621-3362, http://www.disasterassistance.gov/
- Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund, 800-323-4140
- Animal Welfare – 405-297-3100
PHOTO: A Tinker Fire and Emergency Services crew responds to the May 20 tornado that struck Moore, Okla. Twelve base firefighters and one safety officer were immediately dispatched to assist with rescue activities in the vicinity of 19th street and Interstate 35 in Moore, and one surgeon was dispatched to OU Medical Center. More help has been provided overnight with lights, vehicles, water trucks and volunteer Airmen are preparing to assist with crowd control and recovery efforts. (Photo courtesy of Tinker Fire and Emergency Services)