Oklahoma was plagued by horrific tornadoes last May that left many people homeless, injured and hopeless. However, the American Red Cross is awarding millions of dollars in new grant for storm shelters in Oklahoma where homeowners were affected so they can install new storm shelters. Over 18 counties in the state accumulated billions of dollars in damage and the recovery efforts and grants couldn’t come at a better time. The $6.5 million is the latest initiative the Red Cross is providing so people can become safer in the event of future weather events. Despite the 2014 tornado season in Oklahoma being relatively calm, there is no way in predicting what the future may hold. Strong storms and tornadoes will always be a reality and taking this step for preparation can save lives. The past tornado season wiped out thousands of homes causing billions of dollars’ worth of damage and forcing many homeowners to rebuild. The grant offers a new sense of peace in the time of hardship because these Oklahoma residents can now rest easy when they need a space for protection.