Help Oklahoma Tornado Victims & What How You Can Stay Safe During a Tornado
By Elizabeth Matthews, May 21, 2013, News
Oklahoma Tornado Relief
Due to the recent tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma yesterday, we want to give our sincerest condolences to those affected by the storm — our hearts are with you Oklahoma! If you are looking to help the victims of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado, here are a few links where you can do so:
- NBC News list of local Tornado relief funds
- Live updates and links from the Moore Oklahoma Tornado Recovery Facebook page
- A list of tornado relief drop-off locations in Metro OKC
- To donate $10 The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma text ‘FOOD’ to 32333
- To donate $10 to the Red Cross Disaster Relief text ‘REDCROSS’ to 90999
- To donate $10 to the Salvation Army Oklahoma Tornado Relief text ‘STORM’ to 80888
- To donate to the United Way of Central Oklahoma Disaster Relief Fund visit their page
Tornado Safety Tips
We also want to help prepare you for the continuing tornado season and the looming severe weather that is headed to Oklahoma and Texas.
- Know the difference between a tornado watch and a warning. A watch means that the conditions are favorable for a tornado to develop and that you should be alert. A warning means that a tornado has been spotted and that you should take shelter immediately.
- Download the Red Cross Tornado Warning App for alerts on upcoming tornadoes and storms. This application will give you step-by-step instructions on how to prepare for a tornado, what to do when the tornado hits, and has a siren that will go off in case of an emergency.
- Have plenty of emergency supplies including water, food, medicine, flashlights (and batteries), a full tank of gas, and important documents.
- If time permits you should move all lawn furniture and trash cans away.
- If you are in a mobile home you should find a prearranged shelter. Since your mobile home is not built into the ground, it can be picked up and airborne in no time.
- If you are unable to flee before the tornado hits you should take shelter indoors in a basement or interior hallway or room – you must avoid windows.