Monday, an EF-4 tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma leaving many homes destroyed and families searching to find their loved ones. Within hours, organizations across the nation began efforts to help the victims and provide relief to disaster responders. Here’s how you can help in your area:
Blood donations have been in high demand since Super Storm ‘Sandy’ struck the eastern seaboard. As part of a national network, blood gathered by the Lexington-based Kentucky Blood Center has been sent to disaster areas. Blood Center spokeswoman Denise Fields says some blood products collect in the commonwealth have already been sent to New York.
Western Kentucky Red Cross chapters have deployed seven volunteers to help with Hurricane Isaac Storm clean up. Paducah Area Red Cross Director Jessica Toren says the volunteers from four chapters have deployed to locations in Florida, Texas, Alabama and Louisiana, and more volunteers are on standby.
A husband and wife from McCracken County are in Alabama this morning, hoping to help out when Tropical Storm Issac makes landfall. The Paducah Sun reports volunteers Eddie and Patricia Jordan drove a Red Cross emergency response vehicle to Montgomery yesterday to await the storm and aid its anticipated victims. Forecasters say the tropical storm could strengthen to a hurricane and make landfall tomorrow or Wednesday.
With temperatures hovering around 90 degrees across Illinois, experts there say it's time to take precautions. American Red Cross experts say signs of heat-related illnesses include nausea, dizziness, sweating and headaches.
Kentucky State Police posts across the commonwealth are accepting donations of nonperishable food and cleaning supplies for storm victims. Collection begins today at all KSP posts and will continue through the weekend. The agency says only food, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, bedding and the like should be brought to police posts. Monetary donations should be made to service organizations, such as the Red Cross.
Relief and recovery efforts continue today across Kentucky and southern Indiana, where Friday’s outbreak of tornadoes killed more than 30 people and caused widespread devastation. Governor Steve Beshear has dispatched more than 200 National Guard troops to the hardest hit areas. Red Cross shelters are open across Kentucky. And Red Cross spokeswoman Vicki Eichstaedt says the best way for people to help tornado victims everywhere is with a financial contribution to the agency. You can find information on how to give here.