After dozens of tornadoes swept across Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Mississippi, Georgia and Kentucky the death toll is close to 300, and over a million people are preparing to be without power for an unforeseeable time.
Additionally, thousands of people have been left homeless and lost their loved ones, quickly making this the deadliest storms in America since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.
President Obama toured Alabama, where some 131 people have been killed, and he subsequently declared a state of emergency.
“While we may not know the extent of the damage for days, we will continue to monitor these severe storms across the country and stand ready to continue to help the people of Alabama and all citizens affected by these storms,” Obama stated.
It will take a long time to understand the toll that this devastation has wrecked, but there are ways that you can help and support the victims of this tragedy. Check out your options below:
- The American Red Cross is accepting donations online, but also via phone at 1-800-RED-CROSS. They’re also asking for blood donations and volunteers to help with disaster relief. Additionally, if you’ve got your cellphone handy, you can easily text “REDCROSS” to 90999 and contribute $10 to the cause.
- If you’re looking to volunteer, a group called Samaritan’s Purse is sending groups of volunteers into the stricken areas. You can also donate online to the organization.
- The Salvation Army is helping to feed the over a million people who have been left homeless by sending in food trucks. They are also accepting texted donations of $10 when you send a text of “GIVE” to 80888.
- The Governor of Alabama’s office is accepting donations for church and community relief organizations. Donations can be sent using a credit card or check.
- Country music stars Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton are organizing a benefit concert for victims, tickets will range from $45-$100. Tickets go on sale May 6th, and the concert date is set for May 26th at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, OK with all proceeds going to benefit storm victims in Atoka County, Oklahoma.