How To Help Tornado Victims

Boone County Fire Protection District in Joplin, MO. (KOMUnews via FEMA)

It is hard to know how to respond to the recent tornadoes plaguing the South and Midwest from so far away, but FEMA and the American Red Cross have a few suggestions.

There are many ways you can help these victims online and offline.

Online means such as Facebook and Twitter have helped to locate loved ones and share important information. Many donation sites and independent groups have pages where they post updates and how you can donate goods or money.

If you would like to travel to a disaster site and work on the ground, the American Red Cross has classes in disaster relief training. These classes are online and can prepare you for on-site work.

For monetary donations, you can find a place in the commnity that is recieving cash donations or you can donate to the Red Cross online.

When you are thinking about helping these communities, look to see what they need the most. It is hard for FEMA, The Red Cross and other relief agencies to take unsolicited goods.

However, don't be afraid to get creative when thinking about helping those in the South and Midwest.

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