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Where did the money go? An NPR and ProPublica investigation has raised troubling questions about what happened to the hundreds of millions of dollars raised by the American Red Cross for earthquake relief in Haiti.

Goats and Soda posed a few questions to NPR correspondent Laura Sullivan about her work on this investigation.

What made you decide to look into the American Red Cross's earthquake recovery spending in Haiti?

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The American Red Cross is encouraging Oklahoma residents to participate in the Great Central ShakeOut Earthquake Drill so people can learn and practice what to do if they ever experience an earthquake.

Millions of people across the country and around the world will be participating in Thursday's drill.

Regional Red Cross CEO Janienne Bella says with the increase in earthquakes in Oklahoma in recent years, it's essential that people take proper steps to prepare a safety plan.

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During tornado season, preparedness is key. Phrases like “Don’t be scared, be prepared” populate Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites when there’s a severe weather threat. One organization is now taking steps to ensure kids also know what to do when weather rolls in.

Shannon Reed is a Community Resiliency Specialist with the Red Cross. Last month, she spent a day in a gymnasium at Carney Elementary School, teaching kids about severe weather.

A devastating EF-5 tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., a year ago Tuesday. Just 11 days later, another twister ravaged the Oklahoma City metro area.

Nine of the 23 people who died as a result of the second storm were members of the local Latino community. Their deaths have sparked efforts to better prepare Hispanic families for storms.

On a windy afternoon in Oklahoma City, American Red Cross volunteer Ivelisse Cruz hands out stickers to families at the Children's Day Festival.

American Red Cross of Western and Central Oklahoma

The American Red Cross has awarded $6.5 million to Oklahoma cities, counties and tribes to purchase and install individual storm shelters.

Thursday's grant announcement brings the total awarded by theRed Cross to communities in Oklahoma to build storm shelters to $10.3 million. The Red Cross says this should support installing as many as 4,000 shelters in areas affecting by deadly storms last year.

University of Oklahoma graduate students near Wellston, Okla., installing a seismometer to study central-Oklahoma's earthquake swarm
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As Oklahomans continue to deal with earthquakes, the American Red Cross is reminding residents of a phone app that tells them what to do before, during and after a temblor.

Oklahoma has been experiencing a significant jump in the number of earthquakes in recent years, and researchers are still trying to determine why.

Susan Shannon

The Absentee Shawnee Tribe’s Little Axe Resource Center is surrounded by greenery and gently rolling hills making it a beautiful backdrop for what has become a place to get help and some of the necessities of life for the surrounding residents.