Facebook has helped tornado survivors band together

REACHING OUT: A screen grab of some of the found photos on the Facebook page.
REACHING OUT: A screen grab of some of the found photos on the Facebook page. Facebook

TECH-SAVVY residents of Oklahoma have banded together following a devastating tornado that tore through the US last week.

Facebook group May 19th 2013 OK Tornado Doc & Picture Recovery has emerged to help reunite items found following the tornado with their rightful owners.

It's urging users to post pictures or documents that blew into their yard in the hopes of returning them. More than 10,800 members have joined.

Group founder Leslie Hagelberg told the Huffington Post she was inspired to help after she found a photograph near her mailbox, which she assumed had blown in from the tornado.

"I'm just trying to help," she said. "I couldn't imagine losing my kids' pictures.

"I want everyone to know they're welcome to post whatever they find."

Items shared so far have been mostly photos and artwork.

As of last week Mrs Hagelberg claimed at least 60 items - including an urn- had been claimed by their owners.

Topics:  disaster recovery facebook social media

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