How You Can Help the Tornado Victims in the South

The tornadoes that ravaged the southeast United States last week were cumulatively the worst tornado disaster since 1932 and loss of life is climbing everyday. Homelessness, loss of life and possessions and facing the rebuilding efforts needed can seem unfathomable to anyone until it happens. Feel free to offer your help in what ever ways you can to these organizations so they can help those in their time of need.

Salvation Army
The charity is providing food, drinks and spiritual support to victims. To donate, text GIVE to 80888 to donate $10 through your phone bill. Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) or visit http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/.

Save The Children
The relief effort providing food, medical care and education to children is accepting donations online at http://j.mp/kbE3A6 . People can also call 1-800-728-3843 during business hours.

United Way of West Alabama
2720 Sixth St. No. 100, between Lurleen Wallace Boulevard and Capitol Park, 205-345-6640. The United Way could use donations of nonperishable food items, clothes, tarps, and feminine hygiene products. You can also make cash donations, all of which will stay local, by credit card at www.uwwa.org.

Feeding America
Feeding America distributes food to local food banks providing meals to states hit by the tornadoes. Donate to them here.

American Red Cross
U.S. mobile phone users can text REDCROSS to 90999 to add $10 automatically to your phone bill. Or visit http://www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Alabama’s Emergency Relief Fund
The Alabama Governor’s Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives steps in when other avenues have relief have been exhausted. Go to servealabama.gov to give money or volunteer time.

Samaritan’s Purse
This organization is sending teams of volunteers to hard-hit areas in Alabama to offer assistance and aid.

Mississippi Disaster Recovery Fund
Like the one in Alabama, this is run by the governor’s office, and you can offer up cash or time. Visit mississippi.relief.com.

Portlight (help for the disabled)
Portlight is a nonprofit that assists America’s disabled, a service made all the more important by a horrible natural disaster. To help tornado victims, Portlight will be identifying those most in need and giving them $100 debit cards.

While you can’t blame single weather events on climate change, scientists have warned that more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere could lead to an increase in severe storm conditions that make these kinds of unprecedented tornadoes possible.

A 2008 report from the U.S. Global Change and Research Program (PDF), a federal interagency research program overseen by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, offers evidence that we need to face climate change and its effects. Naysayers of climate change, like the Walker administration, the Koch Brothers and most Republicans, may want to distract or distort the evidence, but it is there.

The main point now is to help those who are victims of this disaster.


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