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.
Tropical Depression Eight could become a tropical storm while brushing the North Carolina coast with rough surf, downpours and locally gusty thunderstorms early this week.
Following several stretches of unseasonable heat in August, September is set to yield lower temperatures across the United Kingdom.
Tropical Depression Nine developed just south of Florida on Sunday and will turn toward the northeastern Gulf Coast of the United States later this week.
Another strong tropical disturbance will move off the coast of Africa early this week and bears watching for strengthening and impact on the Caribbean and the United States during September.
Typhoon Lionrock is poised to make landfall in Japan on Tuesday afternoon local time with heavy rainfall, damaging winds and an inundating storm surge.
Following a stormy weekend across Germany, a period of dry and more seasonable weather is in store this week.
Houston, TX (1980)
2.23 inches of rain fell in less than 1 hour. Streets were flooded in the downtown district and a tornado touched down briefly west of Houston at Sealy, TX.
Pittsburgh, PA (1982)
39 degrees, coldest ever in August.
Anchorage, AK (1989)
A total of 9.6 inches of rain -- wettest August on record.