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After more than a dozen tornadoes tore through Northern Texas yesterday, volunteers are already gathering to help remove debris and assist those left homeless by the storms.
The Volunteer Center of North Texas has assembled a Mass Care Task Force, including the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, the North Texas Food Bank and the Volunteer Center of North Texas.
Tornadoes last week tore through more than 10 states, causing many effected families to wonder how they'll continue on. At the same time, many others are asking what they can do to help.
Disaster relief organizations are setting up in the worst hit communities to begin cleaning up and assisting those in need, and they looking for volunteers.
In Harveyville, Kansas, which was hit by the first round of storms, over 500 volunteers and 55 private contractors are on hand helping to remove debris, but they still need more. The United Way of the Plains is currently coordinating volunteers. You can register to help by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The situation in Joplin, MO since the May 22 F5 tornado has been so bad that volunteers haven't been able to get into town until this week, when the area was again deemed safe-ish.
Now that volunteers are able to enter the city and help rebuild, the challenge has become organizing those who want to help. That's why Project 195, a non-profit environmental organization in the U.S. which helps organize and lead community clean up, is currently recruiting and managing more than 1000 volunteers to help with Joplin's clean-up and rebuilding.
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After last month's devastating tornadoes in the south, volunteers from around the country are heading to the effected areas. If you want to help out as well, there are a few organizations still looking for help in Alabama:
· The American Red Cross has set up emergency shelters throughout the region. They’re also providing food, blood, emergency-response vehicles and other relief supplies. You can find out about volunteer opportunities at RedCross.org or by visiting your local Red Cross office.
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This week, Fast Five's Paul Walker is headed to Alabama to help victims of the recent tornadoes, and you can help too.
Walker has traveled around the world helping those in need after natural disasters on behalf of the non-profit Reach Out Worldwide. Reach Out Worldwide, which is a network trained volunteers who act as first responders in the United States and abroad, is always looking for volunteers to help out on their next trip.
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Talk about a tarmac delay. When the F-4 tornado swept through St. Louis, MO late Friday night, its 111-165 mph winds wreaking havoc on Lambert International Airport, there were still three planes full of passengers at their gates. Luckily airplanes are made for such high winds and no one was hurtalthough those who experienced it say they were scared at experiencing turbulence while still on the ground.
Meanwhile, in the airport, things got dangerous very quickly. In the videos above and below, you can watch as the storm approaches and travelers gawk at the funnel cloud through the high, floor-to-ceiling airport windows. In the next moment, a mass of the same people are powerwalking away from the windows to talk shelter in baggage claim.