At least 91 people, including 20 children, are dead after a monstrous tornado hit Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon.
The most terribly hit city is Moore, specifically the Plaza Towers Elementary School where seven children had died.
The National Weather Service reported that the tornado had generated winds of up to 200 Mph and remained on ground for about 45 minutes. The tornado, estimated to be at least 2 miles wide at one point, has been the strongest to hit Oklahoma since the deadly tornado in May 1999.
The tornado destroyed the entire Moore neighborhood, resulting to piles of broken woods from dilapidated homes and crumpled cars and trucks on the roadside.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin expressed sympathy to the affected families over the state’s devastating tragedy. ‘Our hearts are broken for the parents that are wondering about the state of their children that had been in the schools that have been hit today. I know that there are families wondering where their loved ones are.’
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama called to offer any kind of assistance to the affected areas and declared a major disaster in Oklahoma.
As America is hit by another calamity, people have again come together in the spirit of brotherhood and community.
Here are the many ways on how you can help the residents of the tragedy-stricken state:
American Red Cross
The ARC has many shelters open in the state and Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles have started delivering hot meals throughout the affected areas. The Red Cross also has a website called Safe and Well where it enables to link loved ones in Moore who are okay and safe. For monetary support, text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. You can also donate online or donate by phone at 1-800-RED CROSS.
This international charitable organization deploys its disaster response teams and mobile feeding units to aid residents and rescuers in Moore and other areas that were affected by tornadoes. You can donate online or text STORM to 80888 to give $10 to the organization’s relief efforts.
You can donate $10 to this Los Angeles-based international relief agency by texting AID to 50555. you can also donate online or by phone at 1-800-678-7255
We can all take part in rebuilding our nation wrenched by natural calamities. Either by volunteering or by donating, we can do something significant as long as it comes from the heart.