(NECN) - In the wake of tragedy, there are many options available to those who wish to help. Here is information for you in the wake of the Oklahoma tornado tragedy:
The tornado tore through several communities, flattening neighborhoods, and leaving at least 24 dead.
American Red Cross, @RedCross
The American Red Cross has set up multiple shelters for those affected by the tornado. People may donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund through their website, http://www.redcross.org/charitable-donations.
You can also donate blood to local hospitals or blood banks.
People can also send the word REDCROSS to 90999 in a text message to make a $10 donation. This requires the donor to be at least 18 years of age or have parental permission. Those who change their mind can send the message STOP to 90999.
American Red Cross open shelters map: http://www.redcross.org/find-help/shelter
List yourself as safe and well or search for registrants with American Red Cross: http://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php
For more information about the Red Cross, call 1-800-RED CROSS. For Spanish speakers, the number is 1-800-257-7575.
The Salvation Army, @SalvationArmyUS
The Salvation Army is organizing several emergency kitchens in the communities most affected by the tornado. People can make a donation on their website.
Supporters can also text the word STORM to 80888 at make a $10 donation with their phone.
People may also call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to make a phone donation.
Supporters can also mail checks to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK., 73157. Make sure to make a notation with "Oklahoma Tornado Relief."
United Way of Central Oklahoma, @unitedwayokc
The United Central Way of Central Oklahoma mill be making a relief fund to which supporters may donate. Donations can be made when the fund is active through their website, http://www.unitedwayokc.org/.
Checks, with a notation of "May Tornado Relief" can also be sent to: United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK , 73101.
Operation USA, @OperationUSA
The Los Angeles-bases relief agency is also providing emergency aid. You can make a donation on their website.
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief
This group has dispatched at least 80 volunteers to assist in the aftermath. People looking to make a tax-deductible donation can check out their website, http://www.okdisasterhelp.com/donate/
Supporters may send checks to: BGCO Attn: Disaster Relief 3800 N. May Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73112.
Central Oklahoma Humane Society, @okhumane
The staff of the Central Oklahoma Humane Society is working to shelter and rescue animals affected by the tornado. Their greatest need is financial donations. You can make an online donation on their website.
You can also call their Development Office at 405-607-8991 between the hours of 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. to make a phone donation.
Facebook page for lost animals
A Facebook page has been set up to help people find lost animals. The page, called "Moore Oklahoma Tornado Lost and Found Animals", has instructions on how you can post a lost or found pet.
The Federal Emergency Agency also has many options to donate, safety tips and disaster survivor assistance links to provide help. You can find them on their website, http://www.fema.gov/
National Weather Service, @usNWSgov
The National Weather Service will have detailed maps of all potential weather warnings. You can find them on their website, http://www.weather.gov/