Midwest Tornadoes

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Red Cross Awards $6.5 Million in Grants for Storm Shelters in OK

May 15, 2014 | The American Red Cross is awarding $6.5 million in new grants to communities in Oklahoma to help homeowners affected by last May’s tornadoes install new storm shelters.

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Red Cross Helps Students in Moore, Oklahoma Prepare for Storms

May 09, 2014 | The students of Briarwood Elementary have been using a church as their make-shift school for the last year. Today is no different except in one renovated office nearly two-dozen fourth graders are huddling together to answer questions about tornadoes.

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Red Cross Delivers Preparedness Class to Union City Schools

May 06, 2014 | The sound of a dozen kindergartener voices ring through the gymnasium at the Union City schools. “Why is a flashlight in our preparedness kit?” asks the American Red Cross leader to the group of six year olds. Adults likely know the answer, but this class, taught by the American Red Cross, is designed specifically for younger ones. Read More.

Red Cross Providing Hope and Help in El Reno

April 25, 2014 | A tornado was a sight 55 year-old Ron Percy had witnessed before, but on May 31st, 2013, it hit home. He had been outside snapping pictures of the twister when it turned and headed right for the El Reno home he shared with his wife of 39 years. Read More.

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4-year-old Devion Hambrick’s eagerness to help his family characterizes the collaborative spirit of Moore, Oklahoma, in the aftermath of the tornado. Wearing his father’s work gloves, Devion spends all day helping to clear debris from the front yard. Oklahoma residents actively partake to help their friends, neighbors and even strangers. Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross

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Resident Richard Damron picks up food from a Red Cross disaster relief vehicle in his neighborhood to bring home to his family. While Damron will not have a traditional family dinner around the dining table tonight, he expresses gratitude at being able to still enjoy a warm meal with his family. Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross

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4-year-old Devion Hambrick’s eagerness to help his family characterizes the collaborative spirit of Moore, Oklahoma, in the aftermath of the tornado. Wearing his father’s work gloves, Devion spends all day helping to clear debris from the front yard. Oklahoma residents actively partake to help their friends, neighbors and even strangers. Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross

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Red Cross volunteer Angela Clemins hugs Moore resident Donna Giedrocz. Giedrocz has spent the day clearing debris from her home and expresses gratitude at the warm meal Clemins has brought her. Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross

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Robert Jones, an 80-year-old resident of Oklahoma City, shines his lantern on the remains of his home. This marks the third time Jones’ house has been struck by a tornado. Oklahoma residents like Jones have become familiar with the Red Cross being first to respond to emergencies with food, shelter and counsel. Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross

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A Red Cross worker assesses the destruction inflicted upon Moore, Oklahoma. Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross

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The remains of a home in the aftermath of the tornado. Former residents can take refuge in one of the several Red Cross shelters around the area. Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross

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Red Cross volunteer Angela Clemins delivers lunches to workers near a destroyed Moore shopping center. Angela spends her full day’s work scouting for residents and volunteers who are in need of a meal and an uplifting smile. Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross

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A Red Cross volunteer assesses the devastation caused by the tornado. The Red Cross has responded to the needs of residents by opening shelters throughout the Oklahoma City area, as well as dispatching a team of emergency response vehicles. Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross

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4-year-old Devion Hambrick wears a pair of his his father’s work gloves as he clears debris and helps his family recover with a never-ending grin. Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross

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The Heart of Oklahoma Chapter brings much needed supplies like water and food to community members without water, power and homes. Jason Colston/American Red Cross

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A Red Cross worker surveys the damage caused by the massive tornado. Jason Colston/American Red Cross

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Red Cross volunteers Doris Baker (left) and Tiffany Stuhr (right) from Oklahoma help distribute supplies in the affected communities. Jason Colston/American Red Cross

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Red Cross volunteers Doris Baker (left) and Tiffany Stuhr (right) from Oklahoma help distribute supplies in the affected communities. Jason Colston/American Red Cross

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Gail J. McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross, visits operations at First Baptist Church of Moore. She plans on visiting several affected locations in Oklahoma, ensuring that Red Cross operations are effectively aiding residents as much as possible. Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross

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When Red Cross volunteers visited her neighborhood, resident Ashley Sylvester tears up and embraces a friend. Sylvester awaits her husband’s return from military service in Afghanistan after losing her home in the storm. Many families have been affected by this horrific storm and Red Cross Spiritual Care Teams are working with partners to comfort those affected. Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross

Additional Tornado & Severe Weather Resources
  • Read how to prepare for, respond during and recover after a tornado.
  • In the wake of disasters, people are encouraged to connect with one another and let loved ones know that they are safe. This can be done through the “I’m Safe” feature of the free Red Cross tornado app or via redcross.org/safeandwell.
  • If you are in immediate need of shelter during a disaster, please use this map to locate your nearest options, or contact your local Red Cross chapter.
  • Get timely news and information relating to disasters as they are happening from our Disaster Online Newsroom.
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