I'm thinking of everyone out there and in the hours that follow.  You're all in my thoughts and prayers.

Sometimes it's hard to know where to turn so that's why I've compiled a list of contacts just in case you or someone you know may need some assistance.  Of course, I'm hoping you won't need these numbers, but just in case...


American Red Cross: 1-800-733-2767 – main number or 1-866-438-4636 – disaster assistance

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):  1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)emergency.cdc.gov

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Information on preparing for and recovering from disaster. Apply for assistance online or call 1-800-621-3362 fema.gov

Salvation Army: 1-888-363-2769 – survivors in need of assistance.  disaster.salvationarmyusa.org

United Way: dial: 2-1-1 or visit the website. United Way offers access to many services in times of crisis as well as for day-to-day needs.  211us.org

Disaster Assistance Resources

HELPING CHILDREN COPE; The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Information to help children cope with natural disasters. nctsn.org/trauma-types/natural-disasters


American Bar Association:  abanet.org/legalservices/probono/home.html


American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: aspca.org

Animal Humane Society:  humanesociety.org

Pet Finder – disaster preparedness ... petfinder.com/pet-care/disaster-preparedness-pets.html


American Red Cross: redcross.org/donate/donate.html