More than 50 regional Red Cross volunteers ready
to deploy to Oklahoma after deadly tornado

ST. LOUIS, MAY 21, 2013— An American Red Cross volunteer nurse from Barnett, MO is headed to Moore, OK, following the deadly tornado that shattered neighborhoods and lives Monday.
The volunteer will be a health services supervisor and is scheduled to be deployed for two weeks.

The chapter’s two emergency response vehicles are on standby along with more than 50 Greater St. Louis Region volunteers, who are waiting to be assigned. The Greater St. Louis Region has more than 500 local volunteers trained to respond to large scale disasters. 

“Our thoughts and concerns go out to everyone in Oklahoma following these horrific tornadoes and we are working around the clock to provide food and shelter to all those whose lives were affected by these storms,” said Red Cross Regional CEO Cindy Erickson. “The American Red Cross has one shelter open in Moore and is working on locating others, and we are continuing to operate three shelters in the Oklahoma City area, that were opened Sunday following the storms.”

More workers, supplies and equipment are on the way to help the people of Oklahoma. Red Cross volunteers were out overnight providing food and supplies to first responders. Almost 30 emergency response vehicles are moving into the area today to distribute food, water and relief supplies. Kitchen support and relief supply trailers are on the way to help those forced from their homes. The Red Cross will be on the ground for weeks to help people get back on their feet.

People in Oklahoma near the tornado area are encouraged to connect with one another to let loved ones know that they are safe. People can register on the Red Cross Safe and Well website by visiting  HYPERLINK "" and clicking on the “List Yourself or Search Registrants” link under “How to Get Help.” Those who cannot access a computer can call 1-800 RED CROSS and one of our operators can help you register.

Those wishing to donate to the tornado disaster relief can call 1-800-REDCROSS (733-2767), visit our website  HYPERLINK "" or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your donation helps to provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.

The tornadoes that have hit Oklahoma are a reminder that tornadoes can strike anywhere, at any time, and the best time to prepare is before the weather turns bad. Weather forecasters indicate there could be additional severe weather this week. Those in areas at risk for storms should stay informed about changing weather conditions and listen to the advice of local officials. Download the free American Red Cross Tornado App, available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. The app gives mobile device users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a tornado. More information on tornado preparedness is also available at  HYPERLINK ""  

The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region is a proud member agency of the United Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit  HYPERLINK "" t "_blank" or join our blog at  HYPERLINK "" o "" t "_blank"