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How To Help Oklahoma After Tornado Devastates Area

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 05/20/13 EDT Updated: 05/21/13 EDT

A massive tornado touched down Monday in Moore, Okla., near Oklahoma City, leveling the area to little more than debris.

According to the Associated Press, dozens of deaths were reported by the state medical examiner's office.

"Hearts are broken" for parents looking for their children, Gov. Mary Fallin told a news conference, the AP reported.

Aerial views show rampant fires, crushed cars and buildings in ruins. Two elementary schools were heavily damaged, according to KFOR.

NBC reported that 200 people with minor injuries were being treated at a triage center. "Some are more grotesque," Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokeswoman Betsy Randolph said of the injuries.

The devastating twister comes in the wake of tornadoes and powerful storms throughout the Midwest Sunday and Monday.

The storm is in the near vicinity of where a previous twister hit May 3, 1999, which carried record-setting winds, the Associated Press reported.

How To Help: (This is a developing list. Please check back for updates.)

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The Oklahoma City Red Cross will open shelters as first responders assess damage. The organization says in the immediate aftermath, the best way to help is to donate at RedCross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999.

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The Salvation Army has mobilized a number of emergency relief services in Oklahoma, including Moore, to dispense food, hydration and emotional support to first responders and survivors. Donate online or text STORM to 80888 to contribute $10 to the Salvation Army’s relief efforts or make a donation via phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

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Samaritan’s Purse, a nonprofit that fights poverty, has sent a disaster relief unit and staff to help people affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma City. Find out how you can support the organization’s efforts here.

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Operation USA will work with Oklahoma's impacted community clinics and hospitals to help replace lost equipment and supplies as well as make grants to the extent of available funds from the public to help replace health resources lost. Learn more here.

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Feeding America will deliver truckloads of food, water and supplies to impacted areas through its network of more than 200 food banks and 61,000 agencies. The organization's food banks will also set up additional dropoff sites. Learn more here.

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Team Rubicon, a nonprofit that deploys military veterans to respond to disasters, is sending teams to help with assessment and home repair. Learn more here.

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RYOT, an online advocacy site, is collecting donations and will waive all processing fees so that victims receive 100 percent of contributions. Learn more here.

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Save the Children’s U.S. emergency response team will deploy Child Friendly Space kits in shelters, helping to create a safe and secure atmosphere for displaced kids. The organization is also prepared to deploy infant and toddler hygiene materials, as it has for past disasters such as the tornado that struck Joplin, Mo.

Txt TWISTER to 20222 to donate $10 or donate online.

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Now or Never Horse Helper (NNHH) in Oklahoma is asking for volunteers who can foster any of the surviving horses to call 405-799-3276 or message the NNHH on their Facebook page.

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The Animal Resource Center is taking in displaced pets. The organization is accepting donations through A New Leash on Life.

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DonorsChoose.org has established a fund to help Moore classrooms. All donations through this page will be sent directly to teachers so they can restock their classrooms. Learn more here.

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Architecture for Humanity is on the ground in Moore assessing damage and will begin rebuilding. The organization said it is still grateful to Moore West Junior High, which helped fundraise for its rebuilding efforts in Haiti. Learn more here.

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Oklahoma City United Way will distribute administrative-fee funds to its partner agencies working on tornado relief. Learn more here.

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