While the nation watched in shock at the devastation in Moore, Okla., May 20, 2013— The NLC Service Line Warranty Program by HomeServe, formerly Utility Service Partners, Inc. (USP), sprang into action to assist in the recovery efforts.
In the days following the destruction, USP Regional Account Manager, Brian Davis, was in frequent contact with city officials offering assistance. A week later, Davis and Business Development Program Manager, Blake Stogner, traveled from Texas to Moore armed with an arsenal of non-perishable food, toys and emergency flashlights to donate. As the Regional Account Manager for Oklahoma, Davis couldn’t believe his eyes. A city he’s been through hundreds of times on business was completely wiped out.
“It bothered both of us that people less than three hours away were hurting,” said Davis. “That’s a community, and a program partner and our motto is to build peace of mind one community at a time. That’s one community and we just tried to give them a little peace of mind in the face of adversity.”
Volunteering through Serve Moore, a collaborative effort of area churches working together to help Moore recover, Davis and Stogner were assigned to field clean-up for what will eventually become a memorial park. Their efforts were also featured on the evening news in KOCO Oklahoma.
“They took us to a huge field,” said Stogner. “It was about a mile long where the memorial park will be to remember those whose lives were lost in the storm. This park has become a priority for the city to prepare and start construction in hopes of boosting morale and a sign the city is moving forward.”
Moore is currently a city partner for USP, which offers the National League of Cities (NLC) Service Line Warranty program for water and sewer lines to residents under the consumer brand Service Line Warranties of America. Moore is just one of more than 170 municipal and utility partners currently offering the NLC Service Line Warranty program to communities. While the clean up in Moore is far from over, Davis and Stogner have been in frequent communication with city leaders in the event of another opportunity to assist is available.
“We can all do our part to make a difference,” said Stogner. “I’m glad we were able to play a small part in helping them rebuild and get back to where they were.”
About Serve Moore—Serve Moore is a collaborative effort by multiple churches and organizations in the Oklahoma area. Volunteers are still needed on a daily basis to help clear home sites, parks and right of ways. Groups and individuals are welcome, as well as out of state guests. If you are unable to physically help, Serve Moore is accepting donations to help offset the more than $2 billion in damages. Through Serve Moore, 100% of the funding will be used to directly impact those suffering because of these storms. Donations are tax-deductible and will be organized to address short and long-term needs throughout the recovery efforts.