How to Help Tornado Victims

Thousands of people have been displaced by a massive tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, Monday. News outlets and local officials have yet to survey the full extent of the damage, but relief organizations are already scrambling to bring aid to the area. You can help right now by taking the following actions:

• Text FOOD to 32333 to donate $10 to relief.

• Donate to the Red Cross, which has mobilized to help tornado victims throughout the Midwest.

• Text GIVE OK to 80088 to donate $10 to the Tornado Relief Fund on GlobalGiving. You can also donate online.

• Current donations to the Salvation Army can be earmarked for tornado relief. If you’d rather write a check than donate online, specify “Oklahoma Tornado Relief” on the check.

• If you’re in the pathway, follow these tips on what to do during a tornado.

• Oklahoma’s Department of Health and Human Services is available 24 hours a day (for non-emergency calls) by dialing 211. CBS affiliate News9 is tweeting consistent updates on shelters and relief.

• Residents are being asked for gloves, boots, toiletries, shovels, trash bags, dust masks or cash. Bring these items to:

News 9 Studio

7401 North Kelley Ave

Oklahoma City, 73111