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.
A major Thanksgiving Day storm threatens to ruin holiday events across the Central states with flooding rain, snow, a glaze of ice and fog.
Hurricane Sandra remains on track to target northern Mexico Friday and Saturday, but it should be much weaker at landfall than the major hurricane status to which it is currently strengthening.
Unsettled weather will stretch across the United Kingdom on 27th November as millions set out in search of the best Black Friday deals on offer.
Winterlike conditions will continue disrupt travel across the Intermountain West leading up to Thanksgiving.
Compared to Thanksgiving Day in 2014, this Thanksgiving will be substantially warmer in the Northeast.
Wet weather will stretch from Texas to Michigan and could impact shoppers and slow travel during Black Friday.
Astoria, Or (1998)
5.56 inches of rain fell, setting a new all-time record. the previous rainfall record was 4.53 inches from January 9, 1966.
Great Appalachian Storm (24th-26th) developed greatest wind force, deepest snow, most severe early-season cold in history of the Northeast: 18.8 inches of snow at Akron, OH; Youngstown, OH, had a maximum 24-hour snowfall of 20.7 inches and a maximum single storm total of 28.7 inches; Steubenville, OH, had a maximum single storm total of 36.3 inches; Pittsburgh, PA, had a maximum 24-hour snowfall of 20.1 inches and a maximum single storm total of 27.7 inches; and Charleston, WV had a maximum 24-hour snowfall of 15.1 inches and a maximum single storm total of 25.6 inches. At coastal stations such as Newark and Boston single-minute wind speeds in excess of 80 mph were registered. There was a 108 mph gust at Newark. Peak gusts of 110 were noticed at Concord, NH; 108 mph at Newark, NJ; and 100 mph at Hartford, CT. Atop Mt. Washington, a wind gust of 160 mph hit from the southeast early on the 26th. Central Park, in the heart of sheltered Manhattan Island, set an 80-year record of 70 mph.
Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton (1971)
Heavy snowfall in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area. It started to snow the night before, and by about noon Thanksgiving Day 11/25/71, 20.5 inches of snow was reported on the ground at the Avoca, PA airport. Some of the surrounding areas had even more snow. Dallas, PA, had 27 inches and parts of the Poconos had as much as 30 inches. Barn roofs collapsed, power lines were downed, and tree branches were broken. The majority of the snow fell within 12 hours.