A huge two-mile-wide tornado touched down south of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon, devastating a community of 41,000 and killing as many as 51 people. The tornado hit wind speeds of 200mph and scored a preliminary rating of four out of five on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, and eyewitnesses report that its 20 mile journey tossed around cars, crushed homes and ripped apart buildings – including two schools. The tornado is the worst to hit the suburb of Moore since 1999, and officials from the National Weather Service warn that more could be on their way. Local organizations have already set up a range of ways to provide aid to victims of this terrible disaster – hit the jump to find out what you can do to help!
The major’s office told the New York Times that emergency crews are still working to assess the damage. In the meantime, relief organizations are setting up centers across the region to help those affected rebuild their lives. Here are a few ways you can help:
Architecture for Humanity has launched a campaign to Rebuild Moore. They are currently working with local construction professionals to begin rebuilding work, and you can donate to support the cause here.
Text GIVE to 80888 to make a $10 donation to the Salvation Army of Oklahoma or mail donations to:
Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command P.O. Box 2095 Oklahoma City, OK 73101
Make donations online at United Way or by sending a letter with notation for May Tornado Relief to
United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK 73101
To locate loved ones, or – if you are one of the victims in Oklahoma and your people may be worried about you – visit www.safeandwell.org.
There is also a site devoted to locating pets in the Oklahoma City Metro area that have been displaced by this disaster. Visit Lost and Found pets for more information.
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