American Academy of Emergency Medicine

AAEM Stands with First Responders in Oklahoma; How You Can Help Too

May 21, 2013
Contact: Laura Burns, Communications Manager

AAEM Stands with First Responders in Oklahoma; How You Can Help Too

In light of the devastating tornadoes that have affected Oklahoma and the surrounding area, the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) would like to send our thoughts and prayers to everyone who has suffered losses in the wake of this storm.

AAEM President, William Durkin, MD MBA FAAEM, notes that “We applaud the work of the dedicated first responders, emergency personnel, and volunteers who are still working to rescue and treat victims of the storm. Rescuers will be facing long hours and dangerous conditions as the efforts continue, and we would like to express our solidarity with these brave individuals.”

AAEM has pledged a donation to the American Red Cross to help in the recovery efforts.

How to Help

People who wish to make a donation have several options to do so.

You can support American Red Cross Disaster Relief, which helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters like the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas as well as disasters big and small throughout the United States by visiting redcross.org, dialing 1-800-REDCROSS, or texting “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

People in Oklahoma near the tornado area are encouraged to connect with one another and let loved ones know that they are safe. This can be done through the “I’m Safe” feature on the free Red Cross tornado app. In addition, if you have access to a computer, go to redcross.org/safeandwell to list yourself as safe. If not, you can text loved ones or call a family member and ask them to register you on the site.

The Salvation Army is also currently mobilizing disaster response units to serve hard-hit areas in Central Oklahoma, including Moore and South Oklahoma City. The Salvation Army is welcoming cash donations that will help provide food, water, ice, and other necessities in the initial response. The Salvation Army is also providing emotional and spiritual comfort to those affected.

Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”



The American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) is the specialty society in emergency medicine today. As an organization, AAEM believes achievement of board certification represents the only acceptable method of attaining recognition as a specialist in emergency medicine.

For more information, please visit www.aaem.org or call 800-884-2236.
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