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4:10 PM, May 21, 2013   |    comments
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  • Tornado Outbreak Slams Through Oklahoma By: Brett Deering
  • Louie Crowe, a Red Cross volunteer from Knoxville, readies to leave to for Oklahoma.
    

How you can help

You can go to www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text RedCross to 90999 from your cell phone to make a $10 donation.

You can also donate to the Salvation Army online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).  Please designate donations for "disaster" so 100% of designated gifts are used to provide relief for storm survivors.  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."

Red Cross sends volunteers to Oklahoma

A number of Tennesseans are on their way to Oklahoma to help with search and rescue and recovery efforts after Monday's devastating tornado.

Early Tuesday, a Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle left Chattanooga with a Knoxville volunteer for the 13 hour drive to Moore.  Once there, they will provide hot meals and other relief supplies to tornado victims.

Louie Crowe from Knoxville and Michael Puryear from Chattanooga have years of Red Cross volunteer experience, including responding to tornadoes in East Tennessee.

WRCB-TV in Chattanooga is traveling with our East Tennessee Red Cross volunteers, and will report on their progress along the way.

TN Search and Rescue teams deployed

According to the Associated Press, a Tennessee-based team of emergency service workers has also gone to Oklahoma to help with tornado recovery

Memphis Fire Department spokesman Wayne Cooke said that Tennessee Task Force 1 left early Tuesday from Memphis.

Cooke says the 80-member team will mostly help with search and rescue efforts after powerful and deadly tornadoes struck cities in Oklahoma on Sunday and Monday. Emergency crews are digging through the rubble of destroyed structures to find trapped people.

The team is bringing search dogs and semi-trailers loaded with equipment to help dig through collapsed structures and perform other duties. Cooke says the team consists of emergency personnel from around Tennessee.

The task force was one of several teams that deployed to areas affected by Hurricane Sandy last October.

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