Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today issued the following statement regarding this week's tornado in Moore, Oklahoma:
"Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by Monday's horrific tornado in Oklahoma. As images of the destruction emerge, we as a nation are shocked and saddened to learn of the devastation inflicted upon the community of Moore, Oklahoma.
"As we all band together to help the victims of the Oklahoma tornado, I urge everyone to be mindful when contributing to charitable organizations. If you donate your time or resources, please do so only through organizations you know to be legitimate. The American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund is on site and helping victims and the Salvation Army-Oklahoma Division has dispatched disaster response teams to the areas affected.
"The power of social media has been instrumental in getting the word out about this devastating storm, and it is also helping survivors connect with loved ones: the Red Cross has a Safe and Well web site, as well as a free tornado app with an "I'm Safe" feature that lets those affected check in so that family and friends know they are safe. We have been able to share news immediately, show our support for those affected and find ways to help. Unfortunately however, just as scams happen through more traditional ways, they also happen via social media. If you are going to contribute, please make sure that whatever method you choose is through a legitimate organization.
"We as Rhode Islanders were grateful for the aid of our neighbors from around the country when record floods ravaged our state. Just as support from around the country poured in at our time of need, we stand ready to help our friends in Oklahoma. As the rebuilding process begins in the coming days and weeks, let us keep the people of Oklahoma in our prayers."