Disaster Relief: Seven Ways to Help Tornado Victims

The residents of Atlanta and it’s outlying areas were so fortunate that the tornadoes did not come our way.  Here are seven ways to help our neighbors who are victims of the terrible tornadoes.

The death toll from the catastrophic tornadoes in the South has
climbed to more than 340, with thousands injured, homeless, without
power or clean water. How can we harness the power of social media to
help?

One of the best things you can do is use Twitter and Facebook to
spread the word about places to donate and how to help. Here’s a list
of ways to help get you started:

The Red Cross has two shelters set up in Tuscaloosa, temporary homes
to 240 people so far. The relief organization provided meals for more
than 600 people on Friday and is requesting more financial support.
Donate to the Red Cross online RedCross.org, text REDCROSS to 90999 to
donate $10, or call 1-800-REDCROSS  (1-800-733-2767)
 to give money or schedule a blood donation.

The Salvation Army has spread out all over the South, helping with
sustenance for tornado survivors in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and
Tennessee. Donate on the Salvation Army’s website at
salvationarmyusa.org. Text “GIVE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation, or
you can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY  (1-800-725-2769) and designate “April 2011 Tornado Outbreak”.

Save the Children is providing food, doctors and education for kids,
and the organization is accepting donations at the Save the Children
website. The organization will also accept donations by phone at 800
728-3843 during business hours.

World Vision, a Christian humanitarian group, focuses on children,
aiming to lessen the emotional shock from the devastating tornado
outbreak. Find out more or donate at the World Vision website, or call
1-866-56-CHILD (24453).

Catholic Charities are accepting donations for tornado victims at the
Catholic Charities website, or you can donate by calling
1-800-919-9338 .

Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund is accepting donations on its
website, requesting donations by credit card or check.

Post found items to Facebook: Patty Bouillon started a Facebook page
containing found pictures and items that were blown by the tornadoes.
She started that page after finding pictures and documents in her
neighborhood that were blown all the way from Smithville, Mississippi,
a town located 100 miles to the Southwest of her home. If you live
near the disaster area and find photos, mementos or other items, scan
them or take photos of them and post them to the Facebook page she
created specifically for this purpose, entitled “Pictures and
Documents Found after the April 27, 2011 Tornadoes“. There are now
more than 600 photos and items on the page, with 40 of them already
identified.

 This is the second-worst storm in recorded history, and people
are suffering right now. We need to help them.

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