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How To Volunteer In Moore, Oklahoma Right Now

May 22, 2013 at 4:05 PM | by | ()

Oklahoma is still reeling from Monday's EF5 Tornado, so if you're game to hop in the car and head over to start helping victims, here are a few things you should know first.

Taking it upon yourself to help out after a disaster is admirable, but often it can be hard to know exactly where to go or what to do. Not to mention: finding a hotel room in a community with up to 200,000 people displaced. But there are already several charities organizing volunteer groups from around the country to help remove debris, distribute supplies, and support local organizations.

Samaritan's Purse is currently putting together teams to work on debris clean up, do chainsaw work, and roof tarping. Meals and sleeping quarters will be provided but volunteers will need to bring their own air mattress or cot, sleeping bag or sheets, towels, and personal hygiene items. You can sign up at spvolunteernetwork.org.

Local Red Cross chapters across the country are also organizing groups to travel to Oklahoma and help with the relief efforts. To find a Red Cross chapter near you and learn how you can get involved with an upcoming volunteer trip, visit redcross.org/support.

Team Rubicon, a disaster relief organizations for veterans, has launched Operation: Starting Gun and already has a team on the ground in Moore. The group uses the skills they developed in the military to help with debris clearing, damage assessments, expedient home repair, and volunteer management, after natural disasters. To register with their group, visit orgaction.com/tr.

If you still want to go it alone, independent volunteers seem to be organizing at the Warren Movie Theater in Moore.

If you can't make it to Moore but still want to help, you can text STORM to 80888 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army USA, text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross, and text FOOD to 32333 for a $10 donation to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

[Photo: NBCNews]

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