In the wake of a terrible tornado that ripped through America's heartland Monday— killing more than 20 people— many people are wondering what they can do to help those affected by the disaster in Oklahoma.
The tornado, with winds estimated at 200mph+, tore through the area of the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday afternoon. As of Monday night, estimates of the death toll were at 51, with 20 of those being children, according to the Associated Press. However, on Tuesday, an updated toll put the total number killed at 24, as officials say some people were initially counted twice in their tally.
The Red Cross
Red Cross officials say the best way to help is to donate money to relief efforts.
According to the agency, the public can contribute to their Disaster Relief Fund "...which helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters like the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma..."
One of the easiest ways is to simply text the word REDCROSS to the number 90999, and $10 will be donated to the agency via your monthly cell phone bill. According to the Red Cross, that money goes into the fund.
If you can't text, or don't want to, you can also donate via the Red Cross website, by clicking here. Donations made online can be for an amount of your choosing, with a minimum of $10.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has also set up a fund specifically for those affected by the Oklahoma twister. Click here to donate to Oklahoma Tornado Relief.
You can also mail them a check. Send donations— with "Oklahoma tornado relief" written on all checks— to:
- The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
P.O. BOX 12600
Oklahoma City, OK 73157
Connecting With Loved Ones in Oklahoma
If you are looking for a person who may have been in the path of the tornado, the The Red Cross has activated their 'Safe and Well' website.
Click here to search for registrants, or to register yourself.