In Missouri, triage centers and shelters have been set up around Joplin, where over 85 people have been killed, and emergency officials have been rushing around trying to clear the way for search and rescue operations. But you don’t necessarily have to be in Missouri to give a hand.
Here are some ways you can help, no matter how far you are from Joplin.
(PHOTOS: Tornado damage in Joplin, Missouri)
- Relief Spark, via Twitter, lets people know what shelters have opened their doors.
- The Red Cross is calling out for donations, and since lines and telephone connections are cut off, it has set up a website to help loved ones connect with victims.
- There are also Facebook groups like Reading Tornado May 21, 2011 – Post things you know here — a Facebook group where people can connect with others looking for or offering assistance. Or you can also visit Help Joplin and Joplin, Mo., Tornado Recovery.
- If you want to donate blood, the Ozark’s website is in need of type “O” and it’s website lists a number of places where you can donate.
(MORE: frightening video: Tornado Rocks Joplin, Missouri, Killing Almost 100)