The death toll from Joplin tornado rose to 125 on Wednesday after an overnight search turned up more bodies, reports Reuters. Search teams using dogs and heavy equipment pressed on through a harsh night of more stormy weather amid the wreckage of homes, business, schools and churches.
About 1,500 people have been reported missing and some 750 people were injured, according to authorities.
President Barack Obama plans to visit Joplin on Sunday, after he returns from a weeklong tour in Europe.
As tornadoes ripped Joplin, Missouri and other cities, several organizations have come forward to help the victims.Here is a quick look at donations and aid announced so far:
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
- Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri and its parent company foundation have announced a grant of $50,000 to the American Red Cross for disaster relief.
- The Anthem Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is offering free counseling and referral services by telephone for the next 30 days to all residents throughout the impacted area. Services include access to a website and consultations by telephone with professional counselors.
- The EAP program is available 24 hours a day by calling toll free 1-800-765-4446 or visit our website at http://www.anthemeap.com/ and use password tornado.
- Premium payment will be waived for 60 days for Anthem members in group, senior and individual plans who have lost their homes in Joplin/Jasper County.
* Joplin/Jasper County members of group, senior, individual and FEP plans who need early prescription refills due to missing prescriptions may do so without penalty. Co-payments are being waived. Area pharmacies have been notified.
* As both major health systems in Joplin have been forced to cease or limit services, Anthem,a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. in the affected area may use their in-network benefits at nearby hospitals and physician offices that currently are not in the Anthem provider networks.
* Precertification and preauthorization approvals will be waived for benefits covered by health plans. Members in the Joplin/Jasper County area and their health care professionals do not need to contact Anthem for these approvals at this difficult time, but may do so for benefit information.
* Anthem is replacing durable medical equipment and supplies that have been lost by members in the disaster area at no charge.
- Target Corp. has donated $150,000 in cash and product to assist with tornado relief efforts in Joplin, Mo. and areas impacted by the Mississippi River flooding.
- Target will give $95,000 directly to the American Red Cross to support relief efforts in Joplin and the Mississippi River area.
- All Target stores in the affected areas are currently open, and Target has allocated additional products to these locations to ensure residents have access to the supplies they need to begin the rebuilding effort.
Hormel Foods - a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products, has announced a donation of 55,000 Hormel Compleats microwave meals to a Feeding America food bank to aid in relief efforts for Joplin, Mo., following the recent tornado.
- Announced a $100,000 cash contribution to the American Red Cross disaster relief fund to assist victims of tornados and floods this spring in Missouri, Alabama, Louisiana and other states.
- Macy's stores in hard-hit communities also work to address specific local needs, including offering merchandise discounts under certain conditions to customers receiving Red Cross or FEMA assistance so they can replace clothing or household items destroyed in a disaster.
- Donations to the Joplin Relief fund can be made at any M&I Bank location. Funds will be administered by the American Red Cross. M&I Bank will donate $10,000 to the relief fund.
- In addition, M&I Bank will serve as a collection point for item donations for tornado victims. Items of particular need include new socks and underwear, nonperishable food items, and bottled water.
Prudential Foundation - a not-for-profit corporation supported by The Prudential Insurance Company of America.
- The Prudential Foundation has made a $250,000 grant to the American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts in the South where major tornadoes and flooding of the Mississippi River have caused killed hundreds of people and destroyed homes and businesses.
The Sprint Foundation
- The Sprint Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sprint (NYSE: S), has made a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross to support disaster-relief efforts after yesterday's devastating tornado in Joplin, Mo.
- For Sprint wireless customers wanting to aid with the relief efforts, Sprint is waiving standard text-messaging fees for mobile donations to the American Red Cross between now and June 30, 2011. Customers can text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.