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.
As July draws to a close, a storm system swinging up from the Deep South will bring downpours that will break the back of the heat wave in much of the northeastern United States.
A renewed risk of severe weather will threaten portions of the north-central United States into midweek.
Heavy downpours will raise the concern for flash flooding along the Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi Valley through midweek.
A stifling heat wave will remain entrenched across the Northeast much of this week, despite a brief reprieve in humidity for some.
Dangerous heat will surge northward and send temperatures rising across the northwestern United States this week.
Severe thunderstorms rumbled through the Northeast on Monday, lashing the region with damaging winds while also unleashing heavy downpours that triggered flash flooding.
New Jersey (1892)
Spectacular "double" waterspouts off Barneget Light at heights of 500-600 feet.
Toshomingo, OK (1943)
121 degrees -- record high for state.
Houston, TX (1978)
For the second straight day, a lightning bolt struck an oil storage tank. This strike caused a 5 alarm fire.