Efforts are underway to send aid to tornado victims
As rescuers continue to comb the wreckage of Moore, Okla., for survivors of Monday's massive tornado, efforts are underway to send aid and assistance to the residents.
The tornado is thought to have been an EF-4, which is the second-most powerful type of twister, according to The Associated Press. The extent of the damage isn't known yet, but at least one school and a hospital were destroyed in its wake.
Learn more about the tornado on Page A6 of this newspaper.
Unfortunately, as quickly as generous people are ready to offer financial assistance, oftentimes there are some who are looking to profit from the misfortune of others. To avoid potential scams, be sure to donate to organizations that you know and trust. Many established charitable organizations will spring into action to help the victims in Moore, and those are the groups that are the most trustworthy in times of crisis.
Also, don't ever give out your financial information unless you know for sure that the organization is reputable. NBCNews.com recommends doing a little background research online, and check out the group's rating on the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance site.
In the meantime, several reputable organizations are already organizing donations for the Oklahoma victims.
The American Red Cross has an established relief fund that springs into action after disasters such as this one. In fact, the organization arrived on the scene Monday night and is already providing food, water, shelter and other supplies to the victims. You can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund at www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross also offers the option of donating $10 via text message by texting REDCROSS to 90999.
The Salvation Army is also organizing support. Donations can be given by visiting www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
Feed the Children is also organizing disaster relief efforts. To donate, visit www.feedthechildren.org/disaster or call 1-800-627-4556.
In times of disaster, our natural instinct is to help, however we can. Thankfully, organizations such as these allow us to do so, even from hundreds of miles away.