UPDATE: The death toll from the Moore tornado has been revised downward and stands at 24 as of noon today. But officials say they expect it to increase as rescue workers search the wreckage.
While rescue operations continue in Moore, Okla., after one of the worst and deadliest tornadoes on record that has claimed more than 50 lives, with the toll expected to climb, relief efforts are being organized. The Oklahoma State AFL-CIO and central labor council community service liaisons are working through the United Way.
Relief efforts are in their early stages and the United Way of Central Oklahoma has activated its disaster relief fund. Information on the fund can be found at www.unitedwayokc.org. Donations may be made through their website or by mail to United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK 73101, with notation for May Tornado Relief.
Emergency officials are urging people to stay away from the devastated area so as to not interfere with the rescue efforts.
If you're in Oklahoma and need assistance, you can call the OKC HeartLine 2-1-1 (877-362-1606). Find more info on 2-1-1 here.
Currently the Oklahoma State AFL-CIO is asking every local union (affiliated or not) to forward them the following information of any union member affected by the storms of the last few days:
Home Address (Even if it was destroyed):
Contact Phone Number:
Please send the above information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oklahoma State AFL-CIO will compile a database so to ensure their members' immediate needs are taken care of now, as well as in weeks to come.
Fire Fighters (IAFF) sends us this update:
Approximately 1,700 IAFF members are located in the path of the massive tornados that devastated Moore, Oklahoma and a number of other Oklahoma cities, as well as communities in Kansas.
We have begun damage assessments, and the need for relief to IAFF members affected by the storm is critical.
To make a $10 donation, text DISASTER to 50555 or click here to make an online donation.
With very limited reports in from the field, we already know of approximately 30 members who suffered total loss of their homes and personal belongings. Dozens more have severe to moderate damage. With the massive path of destruction leveled by the tornados, we are certain these initial reports will be ratcheted up significantly.
The IAFF Disaster Relief program provides assistance to IAFF members in the United States and Canada who suffer financial hardship as the result of a federally declared disaster area, including floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, fires or civil disturbances and has helped thousands of members with direct financial assistance and logistics immediately following major disasters.
The immediate need is for donations to the IAFF Disaster Relief Fund.
To make a $10 donation, text DISASTER to 50555 or click here to make an online donation at www.iafffoundation.org.
We will bring you updates and more information on relief efforts as they develop.