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Open Thread: Superstorm Sandy Relief Efforts

A shot looking toward Brooklyn, NY, after Superstorm Sandy’s arrival Monday night. Photo by Michael Tapp via newyorkheadshotphotographer.co, Creative Commons licensed.

The National Weather Service said Monday night that Sandy the “Frankenstorm” is officially not a hurricane anymore, but whatever its designation, the impact is still being felt.

As of Tuesday morning, millions of people in several U.S. states are without power, with at least 10 fatalities reported due to the storm. Another 66 people were killed before Sandy reached the country, including 51 in Haiti alone, where hundreds of thousands of people are still living in tents following the 2010 earthquake there.

With that in mind, we’d like to invite readers to list any resources for help on this thread, such as:

  • The Red Cross has started relief efforts for both U.S. residents and the Caribbean countries affected by Sandy, and is taking donations. Red Cross shelters can be found here.
  • FEMA is asking anyone looking for a shelter to text SHELTER + their zip code to 43362 to find the one closest to them.
  • Google has set up a crisis map for the storm as it continues to plow through the eastern U.S., including power outage zones.
  • If you or someone you know wants/needs to use Twitter — which, once again, has been a go-to information source — without having an internet connection, this is a quick guide to set yourself up.
  • A group associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement has formed Occupy Sandy Relief NYC, a volunteer group to help New York City residents in need of assistance.
  • AmeriCares is working with 130 partnering agencies in U.S. states affected by Sandy, and has already sent cholera treatment and prevention supplies to Haiti.
  • The International Medical Corps has been working with the Haitian government to coordinate relief efforts in the wake of Sandy’s arrival there.

Again, if you have any localized efforts to recommend – or red-flag – please use this space to let everyone know. And everyone stay safe, please.

Photo by Michael Tapp, Creative Commons licensed

How you can help the victims of the Joplin and Alabama disasters

In less than a month, more than 300 people have died and another 1,700-plus injured in the wake of a rash of tornadoes that tore through the state of Alabama and the city of Joplin, Mo. Charity Navigator has a list of some of the bigger charity groups currently assisting the affected areas, so this time we’re going to highlight some more locally-based relief efforts.

Courtesy of MSNBC, here are some efforts taking place in and around Joplin:

  • Joplin Red Cross information line: (417) 624-4411 or e-mail info@redcross-ozarks.org to find out what supplies are most necessary.
  • Donation page for Missouri State Emergency Management Agency.
  • A list of major non-profits that operate regularly in Missouri can be found on the National Donations Management Network website. You can also call (800) 427-4626 for further information.
  • The Missouri Interfaith Disaster Response Organization is taking donations for longterm recovery efforts.
  • The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is in need of blood — particularly type O. A list of donation sites can be found here.
  • 211 Missouri is helping organize volunteers in the affected areas. More information can be found by calling (800) 427-462.
  • Nurses or doctors looking to help can call (417) 832-9500 for the Greater Ozarks chapter of the Red Cross.
  • Health professionals can register to volunteer through the Show-Me Response website.
  • The “Joplin Tornado Citizen Checks (neighbors helping neighbors!)” Facebook page appears to be a gathering place for a lot of Joplin locals who are in need of aid or able to provide aid to others.
  • The “Joplin, MO Tornado Recovery” Facebook page is one of the bigger ones dedicated to aid efforts and contains a great deal of up-to-the-second information on where help is necessary.

Courtesy of Alabama Possible, here’s some of the many ongoing aid projects in that state. The site also has specific entries for various towns hit by individual twisters.

Picture courtesy of CBS News