Powerful and deadly tornadoes have ripped through Oklahoma City, leaving at least 51 deaths and the destruction of thousands of homes and businesses. Of those confirmed 51 deaths, 20 were children caught in the tornadoes path as they hid in their elementary school. It is expected that the death toll will rise and it will be a long time before the actual effects of this horrible tragedy will be released. As a result Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin told CNN that the city and the state, first and foremost needs donations to rebuild after tornadoes.
What support and relief efforts are available to the tornado victims and how can you help?
The U-Haul Company of Oklahoma City is offering 30 days of free self-storage to all residents who were affected by devastating tornadoes and severe storms that recently swept through many Oklahoma towns. U-Haul centers also have available tarp, tapes and propane tanks. They are also offering the take a box leave a box program The program enables customers to return their reusable boxes and allows others to take them as needed – FREE. For more information contact the main U-Haul center.
U-Haul Company of- Oklahoma City
7525 SE 29th Street
Midwest city, OK 73110
Americares is a nonprofit global health and disaster relief organization that delivers medicines, medical supplies and aid to people in need around the world and across the United States. They are sending an emergency response team to the area with relief supplies and medical aid. In a recent press release Garrett Ingoglia, AmeriCares vice president of emergency response stated, “We expect to have a team on the ground in Oklahoma in the morning, assessing needs and coordinating deliveries.” Donations can be made to AmeriCares online.
The Home Depot is also a member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and have committed to donating $250,000 to the American Red Cross for immediate relief needs. The Home Depot Foundation has announced that it has created a $1 million weather impact fund to aid relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts in response to the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and throughout the Southwest United States, and in expectation of continuing violent storms throughout the spring season.
The American Legion in partnership with Soldier’s Wish will be on-site Tuesday morning in Moore, Oklahoma to provide emergency supplies to victims of the tornado devastation. The American Legion is also allocating $1 million to aid veterans and their families affected by the Oklahoma tornadoes.
Supply distribution will take place at The American Legion Post 184 located at 207 Southwest 1st Street, Moore, OK. Plans are to be at the Post by 5am or as soon as allowed by authorities, Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
Veterans wishing to apply for emergency assistance should call 1-800-433-3318 or go online to www.Legion.org and complete a National Emergency Fund application.
What can you do? If you have empty boxes please donate them to this important effort with U-Haul.
You can donate online at redcross.org, by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 for a $10 contribution. The Salvation Army care for disaster survivors and first responders. Text STORM to 80888 to donate $10 to the recovery and relief efforts. Remember that donations online reach the victims faster as donations made through text messages require extra processing.
Individuals wishing to donate to The American Legion Emergency Fund can call 1-800-253-7000.
“Oklahoma needs to get everything it needs right away” to recover from the powerful tornado, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.
Here in Houston you can head to The Woodlands Christian Church this weekend and drop off these donations:
- Soap laundry detergent
- New towels and wash clothes
- Toiletries – Shampoo, conditioner, razors etc.
- Baby items – Diapers, wipes, etc.
- Clean, nice Clothing – Like NEW condition.
- New pillows
- Sheets and blankets
- Cleaning Supplies
Need to contact someone? Use your text message services on your phones. It is difficult to get cell phone service and more than 40,000 are without power.
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