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Today, thousands of people in the South are trying to recover from one of the deadliest series of tornado strikes in recent US history. More than 170 tornadoes were reported in one night and as of this morning news sources report that at least 298 people in six different states have died as a result. The devastation is immense with the Red Cross reporting that in Alabama alone, between 1,000-1,500 homes have been severely damaged or destroyed.
While President Obama has already signed a disaster declaration to help those affected in Alabama with Federal aid and other means of recovery assistance, many there and in surrounding areas are still without electricity or remain in temporary shelters. Today the president will travel to several of the hardest hit areas in Alabama to survey the damage.
Visit any of the following organization sites if you would like to help support ongoing rescue and relief efforts in the South:
- Network for Good: Make an online donation to an organization supporting survivors of the tornadoes, including Salvation Army, Americares and others.
- Red Cross: Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation ($10 will be automatically charged to your phone bill as a donation).
- HandsOn Birmingham: For those looking to volunteer, visit the website for the Birmingham, AL, chapter of HandsOn.
- The following hashtags are also trending on Twitter and offer additional information related to the relief efforts: #Tuscaloosa, #Alabama, #tornado
UPDATE from Points of Light Institute (POLI) on April 29, 2011, at 2:00 pm ET
Jessica Kirkwood from POLI shared with us what they are doing to aid relief efforts and how you can get involved with initiatives they are helping to promote:
- Volunteer Center of Morgan County will be opening a volunteer reception center in Hulaco, AL today, learn more.
- United Way: Donate or receive more information related to the Missouri tornado and flooding volunteer response.
- Triangle Impact: Volunteer, donate or receive more information related to the North Carolina tornadoes volunteer response.
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