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How To Help Wichita Tornado Victims

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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UPDATE: Monday, April 16, 2012

Sedgwick County Emergency Management is asking that citizens who are not affected by the recent tornados avoid storm-damaged areas, specifically the Pinaire Mobile Home Park and the Oaklawn neighborhood. The additional traffic of on-lookers is problematic for public safety officials and those residents trying to assess damage and clean-up efforts.

In addition, volunteers are not needed in the area and citizens wanting to help should not show up at the storm damage sites. Anyone wishing to assist the community and residents affected should contact the United Way by calling 2-1-1.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sedgwick County Emergency Management is asking that anyone wishing to assist the community and residents affected by last evening’s tornadoes and severe weather to contact the United Way.

Volunteers wishing to assist or donate items are asked to contact United Way’s 211 call center. It is imperative that volunteers do not go directly to any damaged areas as emergency crews are working to
access the areas.

The Red Cross says donors can make a financial contribution by texting the word REDCROSS to 9-0-9-9-9 or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. While no blood drives have been canceled, Red Cross depends on generous volunteer blood donors to provide lifesaving blood in need – each and every day.

To donate to the Salvation Army call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, 3637 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri, 64111. Donors may also text "Shelter" to 80888 to give $10.

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