After a tragedy like a tornado affects you, your family or your property, a call to Kansas or Oklahoma's statewide 211 service is able to direct you to available help.
"We let victims know about where emergency stations and shelters are in their area," said United Way of the Plains Director of Direct Service Mark Stump. "We are able to tell them where to go to get first aid, if needed."
Stump advises people to call 211 if they need information on how to help the victims of severe weather, how to volunteer or how to donate money. Information is also available about any equipment that may be needed.
"The 211 phone service works with the local emergency managers of all the counties in Kansas," Stump said.
Oklahoma also has a statewide 211 number that can be used to get referrals for health and human services, according to okc.about.com. A representative from Oklahoma 211 could not be reached for comment.
Calls to 211 keep the lines of 911 free for other emergencies.
The warmth in Buenos Aires will soon be replaced by the first measurable rain in a month and cooler air.
Following a surge of humidity and drenching showers to end the week, dry and cooler air will push southward across the Philadelphia area this weekend.
Following a surge of humidity and showers to end the week, dry and cooler air will push southward across the Boston areaa this weekend
Following a surge of moisture and showers to end the week, dry air will push southward across the New York City area this weekend.
A fresh shot of cool air will keep temperatures below normal in northern Europe through this weekend.
Concerns are being raised about how the California drought is negatively affecting the state’s emission goals by hampering the ability to rely on hydroelectricity, which is a cleaner, less expensive form of electricity.
Fayetteville, NC (1983)
110 degrees, all-time high for the state.
Pueblo, CO (1984)
State fair was closed during vicious hailstorm. Nine people were hurt, one seriously. Damage totalled $40 million, and 500 light bulbs were broken by the hail.
Thunder Bay/ Lake Huron, MI (1863)
"One of the most violent hurricanes (wrong name) experienced by mariners for many years swept over Lake Huron, doing extensive damage to vessels." Ships lost sails and had masts taken off 30 feet above deck.