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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.

Over One Hundred Dead As Major Tornado Devastates Joplin, Missouri
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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.

The Salvation Army

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
Springfield, MO
65803

The Salvation Army
3637 Broadway
Kansas City, MO
64111
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.

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