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Emergency Relief for Tornado Victims and Preparing for Hurricane Season

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Many people across the Midwest and parts of the South are still recovering from tornadoes.  Now, with the start of hurricane season, the possibility of storms brings safety preparations to mind.  Details in this Problem Solver.

The past few weeks have been tough on the nation's Midwest.  Twisters hit parts of the Oklahoma City area up to St. Louis Missouri, late in the week.

People were on edge as the tornadoes moved through as Moore, Oklahoma, was continuing the massive cleanup and recovery after its devastating tornado on May 20th.  Among the agencies helping out are teams from the American Red Cross.  Panhandle Executive Director Bob Pearce says, "The thing folks need to remember, is that somewhere in the U.S. a disaster event happens every single day of major proportions and the Red Cross is on the ground in all of those places."

Bob Pearce, of the Central Panhandle Red Cross Chapter, says people want to help many times with food and water donations.  Even though it is very much appreciated, it is not practical on a large scale.  According to Pearce,"suppose we had to serve 160,000 meals in two or three days, which the Red Cross did do in the aftermath of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado and is still serving…it is impossible to do with limited donated bags of groceries.  A better way to help is financial contributions to major relief organizations like the Red Cross."

Helping financially is as easy as your cell phone.  You can text one word.. Redcross to 90999 and a $10 donation will show up on your phone bill.

You can also go to the Red Cross web site, redcross.org, or drop off your check at the Red Cross office on 15th Street in Panama City.

With the start of the 2013 Hurricane Season, Bob Pearce says Red Cross volunteers are needed, "...not too late to join a great team...never too late to be part of the Red Cross.  There are always openings for volunteers."

In addition to the Red Cross, there are other teams helping with tornado relief in Oklahoma such as the Salvation Army, Samaritan's Purse, and Save the Children.