How to help those hit by Oklahoma tornado

A U.S. flag lays among debris in Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013 following a tornado up to a mile wide which swept through the Oklahoma City suburbs. Oklahoma County Sheriff

As the death toll rises for the massive tornado that hit Moore, Okla., Monday afternoon, some well-known relief agencies are jumping into action. There are many ways for those in Oklahoma  and all over the country to help.

It important to note, however, that tragedy also unfortunately offers the opportunity for scams and charity fraud. The Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said there are 30 investigators in the field to help Oklahomans avoid scams and encouraged well-meaning volunteers and donors to use reputable charities.

Below is a list of trusted organizations assisting the relief effort in Oklahoma.


DonorsChoose.org

Here is the Donors Choose link to help teachers and students in Moore rebuild. Find them on Twitter: @DonorsChoose

http://www.donorschoose.org/okschools


The Salvation Army

Here is a link to donate for the Salvation Army's tornado relief in Oklahoma

https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/eds/aok

Or use your cell phone to donate: Support #OKwx efforts - give online @SalvationArmyUSA.org or text "STORM" to 80888 2 make $10 donation #tornado


The Red Cross

Here is a link to donate to the Red Cross' tornado relief in Oklahoma

http://www.redcross.org/ok/oklahoma-city

You can also make donations via phone by dialing 1-800-REDCROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.


OU Sooners @UofOklahoma

The University of Oklahoma is opening up spaces in Housing for the displaced families! Call 405-325-2511


Google

Google Crisis Map

http://google.org/crisismap/2013-oklahoma-tornado


AmeriCares

Home page for AmeriCares organization

http://www.americares.org/emergency-response/#er-c


Operation Blessing

The humanitarian organization is sending food and emergency relief supplies to Moore. They have coordinated more than 500 volunteers in the effort, including many from longtime partner, The Home Depot.

Donations are accepted online at www.ob.org and https://secure.ob.org/site/Donation2?df_id=1440&1440.donation=form1.


Oklahoma Disaster Relief

Home page for Baptist Church's disaster relief

http://www.okdisasterhelp.com/2013/05/disaster-relief-how-to-help/


Operation USA

The Los Angeles-based international relief agency Operation USA is providing emergency aid where needed to community-based health organizations across Oklahoma. Donate online at www.opusa.org, or by phone at 1.800.678.7255

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