While it has been 5 months since the tornadoes hit the Oklahoma region in May, communities are still recovering. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency numbers, an estimated 1,300 homes and two schools were destroyed by the storm, and the community is still struggling to get back on their feet. Students continue to attend school at temporary locations, and residents are just now obtaining building permits to begin their rebuilding efforts.
Veteran Architecture for Humanity volunteer, Tommy Stewart, AIA, AICP, LEED, has been on the ground meeting with those involved with the ongoing recovery efforts since May. In Oklahoma, he has been meeting with various local stakeholders in search for ways in which Architecture for Humanity can help the community rebuild resiliently against future storms.