Tornado In Joplin Kills Hundreds – How You Can Help
The massive tornado that ripped through Joplin, Missouri has killed 116 people to date, with more fatalities expected. The twister tore a 6 mile path across the town, and spread debris up to 60 miles away. Relief agencies are asking for help from Sundays disaster, below is a list of places that you can lend a hand.
Here is a list of some non-profit agencies and ways you can respond to Sunday's disaster:
By Text Message
--Sending "REDCROSS" via text message to 90999 will charge $10 to your next cell phone bill to distribute to the American Red Cross
--Sending "Joplin" via text message to 864833 will charge $10 to your next cell phone bill to distribute to the Heart of Missouri United Way
----Sending "JOPLIN" via text message to 80888 will charge $10 to your next cell phone bill to distribute to The Salvation Army (You will need to reply "yes" when asked.)
On The Web
--The American Red Cross' Greater Ozarks Regional Chapter, which includes Joplin.
If you are afraid of getting scammed while donating, Missouri's State Emergency Management Agency links on its website to a page with non-profits that operate in the state and provides tips to avoid scams here.
Over The Phone
--The American Red Cross' Greater Ozarks Regional Chapter, which includes Joplin, can be reached at: (417) 832-9500
--The Salvation Army can be reached at: (800) SAL-ARMY
Survivors Safe and Well List
The American Red Cross created a web page for survivors in Joplin to notify family members and for family members to search a list of who's registered on the site.
Mail A Check
American Red Cross
Greater Ozarks Chapter
1545 N. West ByPass
The Salvation Army
Kansas City, MO
Include the phrase "Joplin Tornado"
Check out this video of a family who made it through the tornado. You can't see much, but the sound is enough to give you chills.
This guy captured a huge double rainbow in the sky shortly after the tornado tore the town apart.