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Oklahoma tornado relief available through ADA Foundation and other sources

Along with other nonprofit, corporate and governmental agencies, the ADA Foundation is a resource that dentists affected by the massive May 19 tornado in Moore, Okla., can tap.

The ADA Foundation may provide a measure of immediate financial assistance to eligible dentists through its Emergency Disaster Grant Program.

The program has been designed to quickly provide up to $2,000 in aid to dentists with immediate emergency need for food, water, clothing, shelter and counseling in the wake of a declared disaster.

Eligible dentists may apply by submitting a simple application form directly to the Foundation. The application is available at www.adafoundation.org.

The ADAF also accepts contributions for its Emergency Disaster Grant Program in its efforts to provide more grant assistance to those in need. To support the Foundation, call 1-312-440-2547 or go online and select the How to Help page where donations can be made using the PayPal button labeled Donate Now.

Disaster grants also may be obtained by applying to the Oklahoma Dental Association's OK Dental Relief & Disaster Grant Program.  For additional information, including how to apply, call ODA Membership Services Manager Kristen Kelly at 1-405-848-8873, or email kkelly@okda.org.

Henry Schein Inc. has opened its Relief Hotline for dentists, physicians and veterinarians experiencing operational, logistical, or financial issues due to the tornado. Dentists may contact the hotline at 1-800-999-9729 from 7 a.m. -7 p.m. Eastern time.

For a quick list of information and resources, both within and without the Association, visit ADA.org/tornado.

Relief may also be sought through other resources such as these government and nonprofit agencies:

• Federal Emergency Management Agency
Those in the counties designated for assistance to affected individuals and business owners can begin the disaster application process by registering online, by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or by Web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov.

• American Red Cross
To inquire about relief, call 1-405-228-9500. For more information, visit the Central and Western Oklahoma Region website.

• Salvation Army
For information on Oklahoma area relief resources, call 405-206-1100 or go online.

• United Way of Central Oklahoma
The organization has activated its the May Tornado Relief Fund specifically for the May 2013 tornadoes relief and recovery efforts. For more information, go online.