Oklahoma Tornado Relief: How You Can Help

May 21, 2013 – Over the last few days, powerful storms and tornadoes have ripped through America's heartland, leaving destruction and damage in its path. The city of Moore and the surrounding Oklahoma City area were particularly hard hit.

SNA would like to extend our thoughts to all those affected by severe storms, especially those SNA members and school districts directly impacted. If you would like to help those affected and are able to make a donation or volunteer your time, there are plenty of local and national organizations that need support. Here is a list of several organizations aiding in the relief efforts:

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross has one shelter open in Moore and is working on locating others. More than 25 emergency response vehicles are already in position, with more expected. The Red Cross is also sending in kitchen support trailers to provide meals to those forced out of their homes. People who wish to make a donation can support American Red Cross Disaster Relief, which helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters like the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas, as well as disasters big and small throughout the United States by visiting redcross.org.

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is responding to multiple locations in the Plains and Midwest that were impacted by recent devastating tornadoes. Supporters are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity assists with cleanup, repairs and new construction efforts after disaster strikes. Donations to their Disaster Response Fund help people affected by these storms and disasters like them.

Feeding America
Feeding America is committed to continue to provide hunger relief services in this time of disaster and beyond. To learn more or to make a donation to Feeding America, click here.

Save the Children
Save the Children is focused on assisting the needs of children and families displaced by the tornado. To learn more or to make a donation, click here.

Operation USA
Operation USA, an international relief group, says it is "readying essential material aid -- emergency, shelter and cleaning supplies" to help Oklahoma's community health organizations and schools recover. To make a donation, click here.

AmeriCares is deploying its disaster relief team to coordinate deliveries of relief supplies and medical aid for survivors. To learn more or to make a donation, click here.

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, in partnership with Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), is asking that the public support all rescue, recovery and disaster relief efforts by making donations. To contribute, click here.

The above list is not meant to be comprehensive. If you know of additional organizations, volunteer opportunities or ways of helping, please leave a comment below.

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