Aid Groups Mobilize to Help Victims of Midwest Tornadoes – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Disaster relief and humanitarian groups are mobilizing to help tornado victims and are setting up a special donation fund to support their efforts.
Here’s a look at some of the offers of help and ways to donate.
The American Red Cross makes it easy to make a quick $ 10 donation by simply texting 90999 with “REDCROSS”. For more information, including suggestions on how to locate a storm affected person, please visit here.
The Salvation Army has set up a disaster relief fund for the tornado victims. Donations can be made here or by calling 800-725-2769. It is also preparing to ship mobile kitchens that can serve 500 to 1,500 meals a day to survivors and first responders in the affected areas.
World Vision, a Christian humanitarian group, plans to start delivering relief supplies to churches in Kentucky starting Sunday. In addition to food and emergency kits, heaters, blankets, solar lamps and mini-fridges are provided. Donations can be collected here to support these efforts.
Another humanitarian group, Samaritan’s Purse, said it dispatched disaster relief teams to Mayfield, Kentucky and Monette, Arkansas, on Saturday while other teams began heading into Tennessee and Illinois. A semi-trailer loaded with tools and equipment left Texas with more help en route from North Carolina when the weather permits, according to the group. Donations can be made here.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced the creation of a tornado relief fund for the western portion of the state and also called on people to donate blood that was running low during the pandemic.
“There will be many deaths,” said Beshear. “There will also be a lot of injuries.”
The governor also said that people in the affected areas can help by staying away from the roads whenever possible.