Saturday, March 3, 2012

Following the Flurry

So much happened last week.  We wrapped up our Share-a-thon week yesterday, but we did so in the midst of a great deal of Severe weather conditions.  It ended up being safer for the staff and volunteers to stay at the station, but our hearts remained with everyone in the path of the storms.  In the wake of the storms, we've learned that the devastation is vast.  My heart and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by the tornadoes.  The families involved will need a great deal of prayer and assistance.  Below I've listed some legitimate organizations that are providing assistance.  I will update this blog post if new information comes available.

How to Help: 
Officials say "...the single best way to help disaster survivors in southeastern Indiana is with a cash donation to a legitimate relief agency, such as the American Red Cross, operating in the area. The type and amount of items needed can change hourly in pace with the rapidly evolving emergency situation. Cash is far more flexible than goods and allows voluntary agencies to more quickly acquire the supplies needed to address the most urgent needs.  Well-meaning individuals who show up to help without prior contact or coordination with disaster management personnel in southern Indiana can further complicate or even hinder response and recovery operations already underway." 

Red Cross Donations:
People can help those affected by disasters like the Midwest tornadoes and storms by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Consider making a donation today by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to someone's local Red Cross chapter. Contributions enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.

Salvation Army Donations:
The Salvation Army is also helping to meet the immediate needs of those affected by the Midwest tornadoes. To give support to the victims through the Salvation Army, text the word "STORM" to 80888 to make an immediate $10 donation via your mobile phone.  Or visit 

Emergency Shelter Information:
The American Red Cross has opened shelters in Kentucky and Indiana for those affected by this week's storms. The following locations are now open.

Indiana:          Charlestown High School
                        1 Pirate Place
                        Charlestown, IN 47111
                        LIDE White Memorial Boys & Girls Club
                        1551 M.S.H. Northgate Road
                        Madison, IN 47250

Kentucky:       Morgan Community Center
                        147 Victory Avenue
                        Bedford, KY 40006

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