It’s not enough to write that our hearts and prayers go out to the residents of Moore, Oklahoma. It’s not enough to look at the devastation on TV or on the internet.
Reading about this tragedy just reminds me of how vulnerable we all are against the forces of nature.
When Hurricane Katrina struck, I wanted to do something, anything to help, so I decided to volunteer my services to the American Red Cross. It allowed me to help in some small way.
I write a political blog and I’ll talk about the politics of disaster relief in a forthcoming post.
For now, the following is from the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross has one shelter open in Moore and is working on locating others; we continue to operate three shelters that were opened Sunday in the Oklahoma City area following the storms on Sunday.
Red Cross volunteers are out tonight with food and supplies supporting first responders.
More than 25 emergency response vehicles are positioned to move at first light Tuesday, and we expect that the number will increase. The Red Cross is also sending in kitchen support trailers to support the upcoming operation to provide meals to those forced out of their homes.
People in Oklahoma near the tornado area are encouraged to connect with one another and let loved ones know that they are safe. This can be done through the I’m Safe feature of the free Red Cross tornado app. In addition, if you have access to a computer, go to redcross.org/safeandwell to list yourself as safe. If not, you can text loved ones or call a family member and ask them to register you on the site.
This has been a major disaster, and the Red Cross will be there for the people in this state and this community.
People who wish to make a donation can support American Red Cross Disaster Relief, which helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters like the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas as well as disasters big and small throughout the United States by visiting redcross.org, dialing 1-800-REDCROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- Death Toll Climbs Following Moore, Okla., Tornado Disaster (abc22now.com)
- Red Cross open shelter for Oklahoma tornado victims (cinewsnow.com)
- Ways to Help Oklahoma Tornado Victims (fox17online.com)
- The Evening Post: Moore Oklahoma Tornado and Ways To Help (geekalabama.com)
- Disaster Update: Tornado in OK (newsroom.redcross.org)
- Oklahoma tornado: Ways to donate (newsnet5.com)