On May 20th, 2013, an EF5 Tornado destroyed Moore, Oklahoma and surrounding areas leaving dozens of causalities and injured residents in its 17-mile path. Interested in helping the victims of the Oklahoma Tornado? Here’s a quick list of how to help now, and in the coming months (NOTE: We update this list as more relief efforts are posted.)
- OpOK Relief has a HUGE list of volunteer events, places that need help, donations being accepted, and people who can point you in the right direction
- The City of Moore Recovers has options for people who need help, people who want to provide help, and volunteer opportunities
- OpOk Relief and Moore’s Wedding Registry
- Nechama is welcoming volunteers in Shawnee, South Oklahoma City, Moore, and Carney
- Safe and Well Register yourself on the safe and well website, where you can check in or search for loved ones after a disaster.
- IsraAID continues to assist in cleanup
- The Red Cross Make a donation to the Red Cross, which provides immediate relief for families impacted by the storm, and is part of the rescue and recovery efforts.
- Cash donations can be most useful in situations where supplies must be acquired quickly. Find an organization approved to accept disaster donations on the National VOAD Member Page or the Oklahoma VOAD website.
- United Way of Central Oklahoma Donate to the United Way, which is helping families on-the-ground in Oklahoma, or sign up to volunteer . Do not self deploy.
- Restore Photos. GOOD put a call out for Photoshop professionals (and enthusiastic amateurs) to help restore important family photos damaged in the tornado.
- Dine out for Oklahoma A variety of restaurants in Oklahoma and nationwide will be donating a portion of their sales to recovery efforts. Find out if there’s a location near you.
- Local shelters If you have friends and family in the area, pass along this list of local and temporary shelters that are springing up in the area to house people who lost their homes in the storm.
- JDRC did some great work in the days immediately following the tornado, follow them for more in the future
- Mashable has great list of various ways to help
- DoSomething.org is promoting Healing through Art : After traumatic experiences, young kids sometimes have a hard time processing what they’ve been through. In these instances, like the one in Moore, OK, art can help art can help them work through their grief in a creative way, starting the healing process.
Know of opportunities to help out Oklahoma tornado victims? Tweet using #OKvolunteer @repairtheworld