Oklahoma Tornado Relief: May 20, 2013
On May 20, a massive tornado swept through Oklahoma, in an event Gov. Mary Fallin described as one of the "most horrific storms and disasters that this state has ever faced." More than 200 people have been reported injured, and the death toll rises as emergency workers continue rescue efforts.
The 190-m.p.h. winds flattened towns and devastated the infrastructure of Oklahoma City suburbs. In addition to immediate first-responder needs, the region will require support to rebuild for the long term.
If you would like to donate to relief efforts:
- Give to the Oklahoma City Tornado Recovery Fund and Community Emergency Fund. Established at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation in May 1999, the fund will direct 100 percent of gifts to assist with the needs of those impacted by the storms. Gifts can be made using credit cards, check or PayPal.
- Make a donation to the Red Cross disaster relief fund, which will support emergency rescue in Oklahoma. You can send checks to American Red Cross, 24480 Network Place, Chicago, IL 60673. Or text "RedCross" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- The Salvation Army reports that it has supplies and personnel mobilized; monetary donations are now the most critical need. Make a gift online at salvationarmyusa.org or call 1.800.SAL.ARMY. You can also text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
- Text the word FOOD to 32333 to donate $10 to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma for emergency hunger relief.
- recovers.org enables community-powered disaster recovery. Currently there is a hyperlocal response site for Moore, OK, where residents can report specific needs, volunteer to help or donate supplies.
More information about ways to help will be added here when available. Thank you for your generosity.