U.S. Congressman Tom Cole | E-Newsletter
WEEKLY UPDATE | April 16, 2020 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congressman Tom Cole
As we fight the COVID-19 pandemic together, I wanted to check in and provide an update on the ongoing response and also point you to some helpful resources. While social distancing prevents us all from interacting in person, I am regularly filming video updates for social media, hosting telephone town halls and participating in virtual meetings reaching Fourth District communities. In addition, I am keeping my website up to date on the latest federal actions taken and resources available in response to the disruptions caused by the spread of this coronavirus. 
 
Conversations with Small Businesses
As Americans hunker down in their homes and wait for this coronavirus crisis to pass, many families and businesses are struggling to stay afloat. Small businesses and their dedicated workers have taken some of the worst economic hits and by no fault of their own. During the last few weeks, I've been in touch with local chambers of commerce in the Fourth District and heard their concerns. Most recently, I joined members of the Norman Chamber of Commerce via video. You can watch our conversation here. You can also listen to previous phone and virtual conversations I've had with constituents here

In addition, tonight I'm hosting a telephone town hall focused on small businesses and how to navigate the emergency resources available through the federal government. While this can be an overwhelming time, I am hopeful that tonight's telephone town hall meeting will help lend some clarity. 
To provide perspective and help answer questions,  I'll have a special guest on the line: Congressman Steve Chabot, Ranking Member of the House Small Business Committee.

Details for participating in tonight's call are below:

WHEN: Thursday, April 16, 2020
TIME: 6:00-7:00 p.m. CT
JOIN: 888-652-0386

If you can't participate tonight, I'll be having more of these telephone town halls in the days ahead, and you sign up to be called for one of these future events here
My office is here to help you get answers and keep you informed on the spread of COVID-19. As we continue to track the spread of this coronavirus, please check my website for relevant resources and new information related to the federal government's response. 

On my website, you can currently find information related to the following topics. Click around below for more:
   What is COVID-19?

   Timeline
of the Federal Response
   Federal Resources

   Constituent Conversations
   Small Business Resources

   Rebate Check Information
   Economic Relief for Workers
   Help for Americans Abroad

We Are In It Together  
During my conversations with constituents, I’ve been asked often how people can help. If you are wondering how to get involved, I suggest you think first of your friends and neighbors, especially those who are more vulnerable or at risk of serious illness. Something as simple as making a phone call, sending a text or offering to pick up groceries for someone goes a long way in showing you care. 

With the cancellation of many blood drives in recent days, there is also a real need for healthy donors to give blood. Even when following strict social distancing guidelines, it is possible to safely donate blood. If you are able to donate to the essential supply of blood, you can schedule time to do so in your community by checking with the Oklahoma Blood Institute at obi.org.

If you are looking for ways to volunteer your time or donate other resources (including medical supplies or equipment), FEMA has great guidance for getting involved and connected at fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help. To help safely mobilize volunteers for response and recovery efforts, the State of Oklahoma also recently launched Be A Neighbor's ReadyHelpGo.org.

Remember, as we help each other get through this crisis, one of the biggest contributions you can make in the fight is doing your part to slow the spread of this coronavirus. Continue to heed the guidance outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the President’s Coronavirus Task Force (coronavirus.gov) and follow the updates provided locally by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (coronavirus.health.ok.gov). That means practicing social distancing, thoroughly and frequently washing your hands, not touching your face and daily disinfecting surfaces. 

I will also continue providing regular updates on my Facebook and Twitter pages and in my e-newsletter. In addition, you can send an email, sign up to participate in a future telephone town hall meeting or call my office at (405) 329-6500.

If you have additional questions or need assistance with another matter, my staff can help you with that, too. 

Sincerely,
Tom Cole
Member of Congress



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EVENT TONIGHT
TELEPHONE TOWN HALL
WHEN:
Thursday, April 16
TIME: 6:00 pm CT
JOIN: 888-652-0386

Tonight's call will be focused on the federal resources available to small businesses and their workers due to the economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To provide perspective and help answer questions, I'll have a special guest joining me on the line tonight: Congressman Steve Chabot, Ranking Member of the House Small Business Committee

If you can't participate tonight, I'll be having more of these telephone town halls in the days ahead, and you sign up to be called for one of these future events here.

You can also listen to previous phone and virtual conversations I've had with constituents here.

 
OK-04 GIVING BACK
Lawton Constitution: Center for Creative Living offering meals, phone calls for seniors
In Lawton, the usual mission of the Center for Creative Living is to keep senior citizens from feeling alone or being isolated. In response to COVID-19, staff and volunteers are now turning their efforts to meal preparation for seniors, who cannot always cook for themselves. They are already producing 50-60 meals per day. This is a powerful example of Oklahomans in the Fourth District going above and beyond to care for the health and well-being of those in our communities and to ensure no one feels alone while we practice social distancing.
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OK-04 RESOURCES
I will regularly be updating my website with new information and resources here: cole.house.gov/coronavirus 
Washington, DC Office
2207 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6165
Fax: (202) 225-3512
Ada Office
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Ada, OK 74820
Phone: (580) 436-5375
Fax: (580) 436-5451
Lawton Office
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Lawton, OK 73501
Phone: (580) 357-2131
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Norman, OK 73069
Phone: (405) 329-6500
Fax: (405) 321-7369
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