It's another natural disaster that has struck the nations heart as many watched the devastation of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado live on television.
The E-F4 tornado left a trail of destruction more the 2 miles wide and miles long as it was on the ground for over 40 minutes. Emergency crews are still going through the rubble to make sure they find everyone involved in the tornado. For those across the country not directly affected from this deadly tornado may be looking for ways to help. David Collins, executive director of the Allen County American Red Cross says that there are several ways that you can help.
You can log on to www.redcross.org to donate electronically. You can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 and you can dial 1-800 redcross to donate. Collins says they have not yet received an official request for deployment of volunteers to Oklahoma but it could come any day.
To be prepared for the call of duty in case disaster, whether it strikes here in west central Ohio or some were else, the Red Cross is holding a disaster relief volunteer information meeting. The meeting is this Thursday, May 23rd at 6 pm at the chapter house. Any one interested in volunteering is encouraged to attend.
Editor's Note: (here is a release from the local RedCross that you might find useful.
[TOLEDO, OHIO] TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2013 — The American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio offers their thoughts and concern to everyone in Oklahoma following the horrific tornado early this week. We are working around the clock to provide food and shelter to all those whose lives were affected by these storms.
Red Cross disaster services volunteers and staff throughout the country are responding to the area, assessing damages, providing food and supplies to first responders, and support to the people affected by the storm. More than 25 emergency response vehicles are on their way to the area from all over the country, 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.
The local American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio is offering the following ways people can help:
The Red Cross will be holding information sessions on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 6 p.m. for community members interested in volunteering to assist those affected by a disaster in Northwest Ohio and around the country. Participants will learn the processes and procedures involved for disaster services volunteering including local, regional, and national responses. Following the session, interested parties will receive further volunteer information and background checks before registering for operational training.
125 Fair Street, Findlay, Ohio 45840
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419-227-5121 ext. 6 or ext. 8
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SAFE AND WELL
People with loved ones in the areas affected by the tornado are encouraged to search for them at redcross.org/safeandwell. The site is available for people in the areas affected by the storm to let loved ones know that they are safe. It's important during a disaster that victims of the storm let family and friends know they are safe which can bring others great peace of mind.
People should download the free Red Cross Tornado App, available in English or Spanish for all Apple and Android devices. The app allows individuals to prepare for a tornado by testing their skills, offers best practice and tips to respond during a tornado, a list of open shelters during a tornado, and much more. The app also features a high-pitched siren and tornado warning alert that signals the user when a tornado warning has been issued regardless if the app is open. People can call **REDCROSS to receive a download link to their mobile phone.
This has been a major disaster, and the Red Cross will be there for the people in Oklahoma and their local community. People who wish to make a donation to support the Red Cross response can visit
redcross.org, dial 1-800-REDCROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.