After a catastrophic tornado tore through the chunk of Oklahoma surrounding Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon, celebrities are reaching out through social media to encourage citizens to help find relief for theÂ devastated. An official death count has yet to be secured by theÂ Oklahoma City Medical Examiner’s Office following the horrific twister.Â Last night, the President approved aÂ Major Disaster DeclarationÂ for Oklahoma, making federal funding available to support affected individuals, as well as additional federal assistance to support immediate response and recovery efforts.
Celebrities have rushed to the familiar Twitter to reach the millions affected by the incredible storms in Oklahoma. Toby Keith, Ellen DeGeneres and Trisha Yearwood are a just a handful of the Hollywood sweethearts tweeting with information on how to find survivors, ways to help and spreading the word on resources available.
Once again, in a time of tragedy Twitter has become a sounding board for thoughts, condolences and ways to give back.
“Text REDCROSS to 90999 to help Oklahoma tornado victims,”Â tweetedÂ Parks & RecreationstarÂ Adam Scott, providing the most nationally accessible means of aiding those affected by a mile-wide tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore this afternoon, killing at least 51 people.
“This storm has devastated the community that I grew up in,” said homeboyÂ Toby KeithÂ in a statement. “I rode my bike through those neighborhoods. I have family and friends in Moore. Â My heart and prayers go to those that have lost so much. But Moore is strong and we will persevere. God be with you all.”
“Pray for everyone devastated by these storms, but especially for those families in Moore, OK right now…God, wrap your arms around this community,”Â Trisha YearwoodÂ posted on herÂ Facebook page.
KhloĂ© Kardashian Odom:Â “My heart is breaking for Oklahoma!!!! Please Lord please send your angels to heal and protect these families!!!”
Rosie O’Donnell:Â “Total Love and light to Oklahoma 51 gone
Craig FergusonÂ “Tonight’s show was taped last week so there’s no mention of the terrible situation in Oklahoma. Sincere condolences to all affected.”
Kristen Bell:Â “I just donated to Oklahoma Tornado Victims Fund viaÂ @ryotnewshttp://www.ryot.org/campaigns/oklahoma-tornado-victims-fundÂ â€¦”
Olivia Munn:Â “The devastation through my home state of Oklahoma is staggering. All of my prayers are w/the victims, especially all those little kids. XOX”
Slash:Â “Horrible what the people in Oklahoma just went thru. The devastation they’re facing now. & the lives they’ve lost.”
Kevin Smith:Â “Heartbreaking death toll in Oklahoma. Hug your loved ones close tonight and let’s all get ready to help out OK in any way we can tomorrow.”
Patton Oswalt:Â “Hunker down, Oklahoma. Sorry you’re going through this. It’s this random, wild planet. REDCROSS to 90999”
Neil Patrick HarrisÂ “I just can’t believe the scale of that tornado that touched down in Moore. A mile wide?!? My condolences go out to everyone affected.”
Jennifer Love HewittÂ “My heart and prayers go out to everyone in Oklahoma. So tragic. Sending light.”
—Â President Barack Obama said he doesn’t yet know the “full extent” of the damage after a powerful tornado slammed central Oklahoma on Monday. “We don’t know both the human and economic losses that may have occurred,” he said Tuesday.
— President Barack Obama said, “Oklahoma needs to get everything it needs right away” to recover from powerful tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City region Monday.
—Â Flags are expected to be lowered at the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday morning in honor of the victims of a massive tornado that struck central Oklahoma the day before, House Speaker John Boehner said.
—Â Out of the 51 deaths initially reported in Monday’s powerful tornado in central Oklahoma, 24 bodies have been transferred to the Oklahoma City Medical Examiner’s Office, the agency said Tuesday. An update from the medical examiner was expected at 11 a.m. ET.
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