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Here’s How You Can Help the Residents of Moore, OK

Some of you may recall that during the 2011 Wallow Fire, which devastated parts of the White Mountains, the American Red Cross played a huge role in making sure those affected by the blaze were given food, water and shelter. Once again, the Red Cross is working overtime for the victims of yesterday’s 2-mile-wide tornado that ripped through the tiny town of Moore, Oklahoma, destroying homes, a hospital and an elementary school.

To date, the Red Cross has deployed almost 30 emergency-response vehicles to distribute food and relief supplies, and more are on alert. Emergency aid stations will also be available so people can get food and snacks, mental and physical health services, and information about what help is available.

We reached out to our sister publication, Oklahoma Today, and their editor, Steffie Corcoran, emailed us an update about the devastation.

“Many of us at Oklahoma Today and our parent agency, the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department, know at least one person or family who has suffered losses in the devastating May 20 tornadoes in Moore,” wrote Corcoran. “Officials from that south Oklahoma City suburb are working hard in partnership with neighboring communities as well as state and federal resources to assess the damage and locate victims. For the time being, those who want to help are encouraged to donate to the American Red Cross, which is consolidating and coordinating relief efforts. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping us recover from this incredible tragedy.”

You can also visit http://www.redcross.org or call 800-RED-CROSS. These donations help provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.


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How You Can Help Folks Affected by the Wallow Fire

Arizonans are incredibly giving people in times of crisis, and now with the Wallow Fire scorching over 380,000 acres of precious land (it’s the state’s second worse wildfire—the Rodeo-Chedeski Fire, which burned 467,000 acres in 2002 is, to date, the worst), folks living in the area and the heroes working to put out the flames need our help.

The Red Cross has already jumped into action, and here’s how you can help support their tremendous efforts.

Text “Red Cross” to 9-0-9-9-9 to your mobile phone. A $10 dollar donation will show up on your next bill or be deducted from your pre-paid balance. Most carriers will allow you up to 3 transactions a month.

Donate to the Red Cross online or over the phone by calling, 602-336-6660.

Right now, the Red Cross is asking for financial donations. Because of logistics, staffing, etc, they cannot accept material donations at this time.

Please keep in mind that if you have a point person in the area who is willing to assume responsibility for material goods and the delivery of those items to the appropriate people, then you can go ahead and coordinate that effort individually.

Also, don’t forget about the many beloved pets affected by the fire. Unfortunately, evacuees can’t take their furry friends to the Red Cross shelter, but shelters for pets have been set up. Please share this information if you know anyone who has a pet and doesn’t know what to do with their animal:

Round Valley Animal Rescue is taking pets including cats, dogs and small critters. For more information, call 928-551-0803.

The American Humane Society has set up a shelter for dogs & cats for evacuees of the Wallow Fire at 1181 N. Thornton in Show Low.

Residents with livestock should contact the Apache County Sheriff’s Office (928) 337-4321 or the Greenlee County Sheriff’s Office (928) 865-4149.

Flickr image from Red Cross


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