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Morning All,

The tornado that ripped through Joplin, Missouri late Sunday night killed 89 people. And as emergency crews begin cleaning up the devastation today and through the week, the death toll is expected to rise. Yes, Joplin is nearly 700 miles away (I Googled it), but organizations nationwide are already making preparations to help the people of Joplin rebuild, as well as supply aid to those in need. Are you planning to help? Come tell me about it at Long Leaf. I'll be there at 12:30 p.m.

Mashable.com suggests a few ways:

  1. Relief Spark is a non-profit focused on remodeling schools, but in the wake of the tornado, it has turned its Twitter feed into a valuable resource of information. Sample tweets direct first responders to meeting places and to posting what shelters have just opened their doors.

  2. A bunch of Facebook Pages have sprouted up to help residents find loved ones and join in the recovery process, including the Joplin, MO Tornado Recovery Page and a Joplin, MO Survivors’ Page.

  3. You can search for Missouri-based Red Cross shelter centers or check out how the Red Cross is helping disaster victims across the American South. You can also donate to support their efforts.

  4. OzarksFirst.com, a local community and new site, has also put together a tremendous resource with help hotlines, phone numbers and web pages for volunteers and victims. It provides emergency numbers, the state senator’s office number and special hotlines for nurses and doctors looking to lend a hand. Help pages include the State Emergency Management Agency, Show-Me Response, a Facebook Page for the local hospital, which was badly damaged in the twister, and even a page for locating and reuniting with lost pets.

  5. There are, of course, hundreds more ways to help tornado victims through monetary and supply donations or simply monitoring the help and lost person’s pages to assist in finding matches.