HOUSTON – Recovery efforts are underway for the Texas residents in the path of the destructive tornadoes that ripped through multiple parts of the state on Monday, killing a woman in north Texas, injuring multiple others and causing widespread damage.
After cutting a destructive path through Texas, the storm system moved eastward and spawned tornadoes in Louisiana, flipping cars, ripping off rooftops and killing at least one person.
We’re assembling a list of organizations providing relief to Texas and Louisiana residents affected by the tornado outbreak. If your organization is offering assistance to tornado victims and you’d like it included here, please email your organization’s information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If you suspect an organization or individual of committing fraud, you can report it to the Financial Litigation and Charitable Trusts Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office or the National Center for Disaster Fraud, part of the Justice Department.
Here are some ways you can help relief efforts in Texas and Louisiana.
- Austin Disaster Relief Network: The nonprofit is accepting donations for tornado victims in Central Texas. Funds will support emergency needs for disaster survivors, including temporary housing, emergency supplies, food, and other essentials. The relief fund will also go towards rebuilding and restoring homes. To donate, visit donate.adrn.org.
- The Salvation Army: The organization is soliciting donations to help tornado victims in Texas and Louisiana.
- The United Way of Grayson County: The United Way’s local chapter in Grayson County, Texas, located about 60 miles north of Dallas, is seeking monetary donations to fund its relief efforts. To donate, visit unitedwaygrayson.org/donate or text “gctv” to 313131. The organization is also collection supplies including water, Gatorade, trash bags, gloves, diapers, baby formula, baby food, socks, tarps, batteries, blankets and flashlights.
- The United Way of Southeast Louisiana: The organization is asking for monetary donations to provide support services for Louisiana families affected by the tornadoes. It is also collecting supplies, including diapers, formula, bottles, wipes, soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, razors, feminine hygiene products and pre-made hygiene kits.