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.
Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics agency listed the earthquake as a magnitude-7.2.
A major severe weather event is set to unfold across the northern U.S. Plains and Canadian Prairies on Monday night with the potential for large and damaging tornadoes.
Drenching downpours, locally gusty thunderstorms and squalls at sea will continue in and around Florida through much of the week.
A heat wave will grip the Northeastern United States during the last week of July with temperatures climbing well into the 90s each afternoon.
Several days of excessive heat and humidity will put many at risk across a large portion of the United States this week.
There is a distinct difference between a watch and a warning, and knowing the difference can save your life.
Hurricane Bertha formed 450 miles east of Jacksonville, FL. Maximum sustained winds of 75 mph with gusts to 90 mph.
Western Pacific (1990)
Typhoon Steve east of Iwo Jimo. Peak winds of 125 mph sustained gusts to 155 mph.
5-12" of rain north of Denver led to serious flash flooding (28th-29th). 108 mobile homes were destroyed and 481 others were damaged in Ft. Collins. 5 people were killed and 40 others injured.