Bulloch County EMA Shares Tips to Help Midwestern Tornado Victims

Bulloch County Public Safety & Emergency Management has offered advice to anyone interested in helping tornado victims in the Midwest:

The death toll continues to rise from the tornado outbreak, and Bulloch EMA is looking for ways to help victims of the tornado outbreak that has hit the Midwest and South over the past two days. The Weather Channel has some tips on how best to help victims.

Money is king.
After seeing destroyed homes and people who have lost everything, we may be tempted to donate clothing, food, water bottles, or other supplies. Aid organizations say such donations often create logistical nightmares and more expense. A financial donation can be spent on what is most needed at that particular time.

Know who you are giving to.
Charity scams abound after natural disasters. Donate to traditional, trusted organizations. If you’re unsure of a group, check out the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or GuideStar.

Donate blood.
Hospitals treating storm victims need more blood, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said on Saturday. Blood supplies have dwindled dangerously throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. To find a blood donation center in your area, go to the Red Cross Blood Center website HERE and enter your postal code.

As search and rescue efforts continue in affected states, here’s how you can help:

Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund Team
Governor Andy Beshear created the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund to help those affected by tornadoes and the severe weather system.
Click HERE to donate.

American Red Cross
Help those affected by tornadoes by visiting redcross.org or calling 800-RED-CROSS. Donations intended for victims of the tornado allow the Red Cross to intervene and help people recover from this disaster. This includes the provision of food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support and other forms of assistance. If you have the time, you can make a significant impact as a Red Cross volunteer. Review the most urgent volunteer positions at redcross.org/volunteertoday.

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army strives to provide food, drink, shelter, emotional and spiritual care, and other emergency services to survivors and rescue workers. Online: give.helpsalvationarmy.org/. By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)

Go finance me
GoFundMe connects you with people who need help. The Weather Channel and GoFundMe have partnered to help those threatened by natural disaster prepare and recover faster than ever. If a hurricane has hit you or someone you know, you can start a GoFundMe to get you on the road to recovery. You can ask for help or donate to someone in need.

Samaritan purse
Samaritan’s Purse is also deploying resources in the region. Click on the link HERE to donate to this very worthy organization.

To be generous
Bulloch EMA


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