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.
East Coast travelers are being put on alert that the potential exists for a winter storm to unfold on Wednesday, the busiest travel day of the year.
The magnitude-3.3 earthquake was the biggest earthquake felt across the Metroplex in more than two years.
Changes are on the way for San Francisco and surrounding areas as a series of weak storms roll in from the Pacific.
A wet weather pattern will linger in Seattle as a series of weak storm systems creep in from the Pacific through the weekend.
A surge of warmth is headed to the Pittsburgh area, replacing the recent December-like cold.
A wide variety of weather, ranging from springlike conditions, to wintry precipitation and cold air will affect travel across the nation for the week of Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Day Snowstorm (began on the evening of the 22nd). Snowfall amounts included: Location Amount Roanoke, VA 3.0 inches Washington, DC 4.0 inches Baltimore, MD 4.0 inches Philadelphia, PA 4.6 inches Central Park, NYC 4.7 inches Islip, NY 7.0 inches Chatham, MA 12.0 inches
Pickens, WV (1950)
Maximum snowfall from a single storm (state) A total of 57.0 inches.
Late-Season Warmth: Buffalo, NY 68 degrees Norfolk, VA 70 degrees Providence, RI 80 degrees District of Columbia 75 degrees Raleigh, NC 77 degrees Greensboro, NC 74 degrees