Many agencies are facilitating and assisting relief efforts in Moore. Here are some options for donating money and supplies in Tulsa.
You can text “Red Cross” to 90999 in order to make a $10 donation to the Oklahoma Red Cross, which is on the scene in Moore providing first-response relief. You can also donate online at www.redcross.org/ok/tulsa.
John Hockenberry speaks with those on the scene of the tornado devastation, including Rachel Hubbard of KOSU who lives in Edmond, Pastor Ben Glover in Oklahoma City, and Garrett Ingoglia of AmeriCares, an emergency response organization.
A huge tornado tore through parts of Oklahoma City Monday, killing at least 91 people and injuring 145. The tornado is said to have produced winds of 200 M.P.H. that leveled buildings and whole neighborhoods. Among the buildings damaged were two elementary schools, including the Plaza Towers Elementary School in the suburb of Moore, which was full of children at the time the tornado struck.
A Tennessee-based team of emergency service workers has gone to Oklahoma to help with tornado recovery.
Memphis Fire Department spokesman Wayne Cooke said that Tennessee Task Force 1 left early Tuesday from Memphis.
Cooke says the 80-member team will mostly help with search and rescue efforts after powerful and deadly tornadoes struck cities in Oklahoma on Sunday and Monday. Emergency crews are digging through the rubble of destroyed structures to find trapped people.
Conservative Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn says that any additional federal aid to help tornado victims and to rebuild devastated areas of his state should be financed with cuts to other programs in the government's $3.6 trillion budget.
Spokesman John Hart says it's a position Coburn has consistently held regarding federal spending on disasters dating to the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City.
Officials say all of the interstates through the tornado-ravaged areas of Moore and Oklahoma City are open, but traffic is moving slowly.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports portions of Interstates 44 and 35 that were shut down after Monday's deadly tornado were reopened about 10 p.m. Monday.
Capt. George Brown says all lanes of I-35 through Moore are open, but that traffic has slowed to a crawl where the tornado crossed the interstate. Heavily damaged homes and businesses can be seen on both sides of the north-south thoroughfare.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says "hearts are broken" for parents wondering about the fate of their children after a tornado devastated suburban Oklahoma City and officials say the search and rescue effort will continue throughout the night.
Fallin told a Monday news conference that a center for those seeking loved ones has been set up at a church in Moore, where an afternoon tornado flattened entire neighborhoods and destroyed an elementary school with a direct hit. She says responders are working as quickly as they can to sort through the rubble.