Oklahoma Tornadoes: How you can help

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Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 9:53 am | Updated: 12:54 pm, Wed Oct 23, 2013.

As frantic search and rescue efforts continue in Moore, Oklahoma, officials warn that the death toll from yesterday's horrific tornado strike is expected to rise steeply.

The destruction is "the worst thing I have ever seen," a highway patrol trooper tells the Oklahoman. "We hope that we don't have any more fatalities, but we know there are a lot more people trapped tonight ."

Here's how you can help:

American Red Cross

The Red Cross has set up shelters in various communities. You can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund here, and the organization also suggests giving blood at your local hospital or blood bank.

If you're searching for a missing relative, check Red Cross Safe & Well's site. And please register if you're within the disaster region. The site is designed to make communication easier after a tragedy like this. 

If you want to send a $10 donation to the Disaster Relief fund via text message, you can do so by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999. As in the case with other donations via mobile, the donation will show up on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your balance if you have a prepaid phone. You need to be 18 or older, or have parental permission, to donate this way. (If you change your mind, text the word STOP to 90999.)

Phone: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); for Spanish speakers, 1-800-257-7575; for TDD, 1-800-220-4095.


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