Obama pledges help after Oklahoma tornado

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has called Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin to express his concern about a monstrous tornado that wreaked havoc in the Oklahoma City suburbs.

The White House says Obama told the governor that he's directed the government and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide any assistance she needs. FEMA has sent a special team to Oklahoma's emergency operations center to help out and dispatch resources.

Obama also told Fallin to contact him directly if the federal government can provide additional help.

The White House says Obama's homeland security team is keeping him updated on the situation.

The tornado flattened entire neighborhoods in the southern suburb of Moore with winds up to 200 mph, leaving buildings on fire and landing a direct blow to an elementary school.

The American Red Cross has shelters set up in various locations. You can donate to the American Red Cross by giving blood at your local hospital or blood bank, or you can send a $10 donation via text message by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999.

The Salvation Army will also be organizing disaster relief units. Supporters can donate online via the organization's website, SalvationArmyUSA.org. You can also text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation via cell phone.

You can find out other ways of helping by contacting Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief's website.

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