In the aftermath of the devastating tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma, we have seen incredible acts of kindness and heroism. Preliminary reports from the National Weather Service have given the tornado a rating of at least an EF4. As residents and authorities continue to search for the missing, the full destruction of the storm has just started to be realized. Local hospitals are treating 145 injured people, at least 70 of whom are children. On May 21, the medical examiner's office revised the death toll down to 24. In the midst of such incredible sadness and destruction, we take some time to report on those going above and beyond the call to help out a devastated community.
1. OKCMetro Lost and Found Pets
A virtual bulletin board for your missing pet. A project of the Oklahoma Media Group and Oklahoma Animal Welfare Division. These two companies, and a few others, teamed up to provide individuals with a web-based service to help post and locate their missing animals.
2. Home Depot Creates $1 Million Relief and Recovery Fund
In response to the tornados, Home Depot quickly set up a fund dedicated to providing additional monetary resources to people in need. Home Depot will give monetary support and much-needed supplies to local charities including Team Rubicon, the American Red Cross, and local Oklahoma Police departments.
3. Samaritan's Purse Sends Help From North Carolina
Dedicated to fighting poverty worldwide, this organization has set up a special fund that lets individuals donate an amount of their choosing.
4. University of Oklahoma Opens As a Shelter
OU has opened as a temporary shelter and will provide housing to those affected by the storm.
5. Feeding America to Mobilize 200 Food Banks and 61,000 Agencies
In their effort to deliver supplies and food to where it is needed most, Feeding America will mobilize its extensive network to help achieve this goal.
6. Team Rubicon Military Veterans Will Help to Rebuild Homes
Team Rubicon is an amazing organization of military veterans dedicated to providing disaster relief wherever it is needed. Volunteers from all around the country will deploy as part of Team Rubicon's Operation Starting Gun. This operation will help residents of Oklahoma rebuild homes and provide other disaster-relief services. You can learn more or donate by clicking here.
7. Salvation Army Providing Shelter and Supplies
The Salvation Army began to mobilize directly after the storms hit. They have teams on the ground dedicated to locating and providing shelter, food, and water for the residents of Moore. Find out more about their disaster relief efforts here.
8. American Red Cross Helps Find Loved Ones
As always, if you are looking for a loved one or need to list yourself as safe and well, you may register as safe and well by going to this website. The American Red Cross has multiple shelters open to provide relief to those who have lost their home. Residents who need help are encouraged to call or visit this website. If you would like to donate you can do so easily by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, donate online, or donate by phone at 1-800-RED CROSS.
9. Twitter Mobilizes Help With Hashtags
#OKListen: A hashtag being used by crisis counselors looking to donate their services to victims of the massive tornado.
#OKMissing: Used to help locate loved ones
#OpOK: Providing information about where to find help and other resources
10. Moore Tornado Lost and Found Facbeook
This Facebook page is dedicated to individuals posting and sharing photos of loved ones. The page was created as a way for people to connect with loved ones in the aftermath of the storm.