April 28, 2011

Tornadoes In The South Have Killed At Least 280 People Across Six States. Here's How You Can Help:

Yahoo news
written by Lili Ladaga
Thursday April 28, 2011

A slew of powerful tornadoes ripped through the South on Wednesday, leveling entire towns and killing several hundred people in six states. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center was able to give 24 minutes' notice of the approaching tornadoes, but for many people throughout the region, that wasn't enough time to escape the deadly twisters.

The majority of fatalities occurred in Alabama; Walter Maddox, the mayor of Tuscaloosa, Ala., told CNN, "I don't know how anyone survived."

Below are organizations that are working on relief and recovery in the region.

American Red Cross: Opening emergency shelters for families affected by the severe storms. To designate your gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief, select "National Disaster Relief" in the designation field.

Samaritan's Purse: Sending Disaster Relief Units to help victims of the violent storms in Alabama and North Carolina. To designate your gift to U.S. Disaster Relief, write "US Disaster Relief" in the designation field.

Salvation Army: Responding to the deadly tornado activity throughout the South, mobilizing feeding units, and providing support to the victims. To designate your gift to support relief after these tornadoes, write "April 2011 Tornado Outbreak" in the designation field.

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