Midwest Tornadoes: Disaster-Aid Groups Mobilizing to Help Victims

by Clayton Edwards
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Unseasonably severe weather devastated parts of the South and Midwest Friday night. Kentucky, Arkansas, Illinois, Tennessee, Missouri, and Mississippi all experienced tornadoes. Most of the time, we see those kinds of storms during the spring, summer, and early fall. Even then, when temperatures are livable and the weather is otherwise nice, they are heartbreaking events. Now, as tornado survivors try to rebuild their lives amid winter temps, disaster aid groups are mobilizing to lend a hand.

Groups Sending Disaster Aid to Tornado Survivors

As with many disasters, the American Red Cross is giving aid to those in need after the deadly tornado outbreak. They’re usually at the forefront of these kinds of efforts and this one is no different. If you’d like to make a hassle-free $10 donation, just text REDCROSS to 90999. If for some reason you can’t do that or would like to give a different amount, just head over to the Red Cross website or call 800-733-2767.

Samaritan’s Purse is sending disaster aid crews to places affected by the tornado outbreak. They dispatched teams to Mayfield, Kentucky, and Monette, Arkansas on Saturday, according to Fox News. They’ll be sending teams to Tennessee and Illinois in the coming days. Additionally, they plan to help rebuild after the devastation. With that in mind, they dispatched a semi-trailer full of tools and equipment and they’ll send more aid in the near future. Add your funds to Samaritan’s Purse online.

The Salvation Army has set up a disaster relief fund to help those affected by the tornado outbreak. You can donate online or call 800-725-2769. The Salvation Army also plans to feed survivors as well as first responders. They’re gearing up to dispatch mobile kitchens that can provide between 500 and 1,500 meals per day.

The Christian humanitarian group World Vision will be sending disaster aid packages for tornado survivors in Kentucky. They’ll be delivering boxes to churches across the Bluegrass state that contain emergency kits, food, blankets, heaters, solar lights, and mini-fridges. You can help World Vision by donating online.

Ways You Can Help

The Weather Channel put together a handy guide on how best to help those in need.

First and foremost, if you’re donating to a charitable organization, donate money. They can use that money to buy the things needed to help out. If you donate things like clothes, blankets, or food they have to find out how to get them where they need to go. Right now, time is of the essence.

If you can’t give money to help with disaster aid for tornado survivors, you can give blood. Countless people suffered injuries during the storm and hospitals can always use more blood to help treat the wounded.

Additionally, Kentucky governor Andy Beshear set up the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund. You can add to that fund online.

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