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Nature’s fury shifted its focus from Texas, where 16 tornadoes killed at least six and injured dozens May 16, to Moore, Oklahoma, yesterday.

The Moore tornado, preliminarily classified as an F4, hit the city Monday at 4:01 p.m. EDT. Initial reports were that 51 were dead and many more injured with and those numbers expected to increase. Tuesday morning brought some better news, though. The death toll was lowered to 24, including nine children, though it could rise as the clean up continues.

For residents of Moore, the storm hit just 17 days after the 14th anniversary of an even more powerful tornado, an F5 that killed 26 and injured 295.

When tragedies like these hit, confusion can reign. Family members may be OK, but not reachable because phone lines are down or over burdened. Understandably, children who experience a storm – whether first-hand or via news reports – can be shaken and confused.

To help with these situations and more, DOD Live has compiled a list of resources, including a link to the Red Cross Database where individuals who can’t reach loved ones can list themselves as “safe and well” or family members can list names of those family members unaccounted for.

For more information, please visit DOD Live.