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Texas Tornadoes: How To Help

Posted: 04/ 4/2012 1:50 pm Updated: 04/ 4/2012 1:50 pm

Texas Tornadoes How To Help

The National Weather Service said as many as a dozen tornadoes touched down Tuesday in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, the Associated Press reports.

With injuries and damage still being accounted for, several disaster relief agencies have already stepped up to rebuild.

The Red Cross has opened two shelters while supporting another in Dallas. The relief organization has also provided a Safe & Well index on its website to help locate those affected by the tornadoes. Find ways to get involved with Red Cross disaster relief here.

You can also text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The Salvation Army has opened shelters, mobile kitchens with food and water and is also providing emotional support. To get involved with the Salvation Army, click here.

United Way of Texas has provided relief funds and opportunities for volunteering. It's taken to Twitter to broadways ways to take action: "Our thoughts are with our north Texas members and friends on this stormy afternoon. Remember, call #211 to get and give help." To get involved with United Way, click here.

Volunteer Center of North Texas has set up a response team called the Mass Care Task Force, which trains and responds to disasters as soon as they happen. To learn more or get involved with the Task Force, click here.

Samaritan's Purse arrived in Texas Tuesday and is assessing damage and determining ways to help. The Christian disaster relief organization has deployed two disaster relief units and other equipment. Find ways to get involved here.

Click through the slideshow below to see some of the initial damage.

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Emergency personnel work the scene after a tornado hit a neighborhood in Kennedale, Texas on Tuesday, April 3. Tornadoes tore through the Dallas area Tuesday, peeling roofs off homes, tossing big-rig trucks into the air and leaving flattened tractor trailers strewn along highways and parking lots. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Khampha Bouaphanh)

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